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Diprolene Ointment Patient Information Including Side Effects
Brand Names: Alphatrex, Beta-Val, Diprolene, Diprolene AF, Diprosone, Luxiq
Generic Name: betamethasone topical (Pronunciation: bay ta METH a sone)
- What is betamethasone topical (Diprolene Ointment)?
- What are the possible side effects of betamethasone topical?
- What is the most important information I should know about betamethasone topical?
- What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before using betamethasone topical?
- How should I use betamethasone topical?
- What happens if I miss a dose?
- What happens if I overdose?
- What should I avoid while using betamethasone topical?
- What other drugs will affect betamethasone topical?
- Where can I get more information?
What is betamethasone topical (Diprolene Ointment)?
Betamethasone is a topical steroid. It reduces the actions of chemicals in the body that cause inflammation, redness, and swelling.
Betamethasone topical is used to treat the inflammation caused by a number of conditions such as allergic reactions, eczema, and psoriasis. The dental paste form of betamethasone is used to treat mouth ulcers.
Betamethasone topical may also be used for other purposes not listed in this medication guide.
What are the possible side effects of betamethasone topical?
Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.
Stop using this medication and call your doctor at once if you have any of these signs that you may be absorbing betamethasone topical through your skin or gums:
- blurred vision, or seeing halos around lights;
- uneven heartbeats;
- mood changes;
- sleep problems (insomnia);
- weight gain, puffiness in your face; or
- feeling tired.
Less serious side effects may include:
- skin redness, burning, itching, or peeling;
- thinning of your skin; or
- blistering skin; or
- stretch marks.
This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Tell your doctor about any unusual or bothersome side effect. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
Read the Diprolene Ointment (betamethasone dipropionate) Side Effects Center for a complete guide to possible side effects
What is the most important information I should know about betamethasone topical?
Use this medication exactly as directed on the label, or as it has been prescribed by your doctor. Do not use the medication in larger amounts or for longer than recommended.
Do not cover treated skin areas with a bandage or other covering unless your doctor has told you to. If you are treating the diaper area of a baby, do not use plastic pants or tight-fitting diapers. Covering the skin that is treated with betamethasone topical can increase the amount of the drug your skin absorbs, which may lead to unwanted side effects. Follow your doctor's instructions.
Avoid using this medication on your face, near your eyes, or on body areas where you have skin folds or thin skin.
Do not use this medication on a child without a doctor's advice. Children are more sensitive to the effects of betamethasone topical.
Betamethasone topical will not treat a bacterial, fungal, or viral skin infection.
Contact your doctor if your condition does not improve or if it gets worse after using this medication for several days.
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