Celestone

Last updated on RxList: 1/21/2021
Celestone Side Effects Center

Medical Editor: John P. Cunha, DO, FACOEP

What Is Celestone?

Celestone (betamethasone) is corticosteroid used to prevent inflammation and to treat conditions such as allergic disorders, skin conditions, ulcerative colitis, arthritis, lupus, breathing disorders and more. Celestone is available in generic form.

What Are Side Effects of Celestone?

Side effects of Celestone include:

  • sleep problems (insomnia)
  • mood changes
  • acne
  • dry skin
  • thinning skin
  • bruising or discoloration
  • skin problems
  • slow wound healing
  • increased sweating
  • headache
  • dizziness
  • spinning sensation
  • nausea
  • stomach pain
  • bloating
  • changes in shape or location of body fat (especially in your arms, legs, face, neck, breasts, and waist)

Dosage for Celestone

Dosage of betamethasone may vary from 0.6 mg to 7.2 mg per day depending on the condition being treated.

What Drugs, Substances, or Supplements Interact with Celestone?

Tell your doctor if you are taking medications such as aspirin, diuretics blood thinners, seizure medicine or insulin as these and other medications can interact with betamethasone. Betamethasone and other steroid medication can weaken your immune system. Alcohol consumption should also be avoided. Talk to your doctor about stopping treatment of betamethasone to avoid withdrawal symptoms.

Celestone During Pregnancy and Breastfeeding

Betamethasone should only be used in pregnancy if the potential benefit outweighs the potential risk to the fetus. Caution should be exercised if you are breastfeeding while taking betamethasone.

Additional Information

Our Celestone (betamethasone) Side Effects Drug Center provides a comprehensive view of available drug information on the potential side effects when taking this medication.

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

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Get emergency medical help if you have signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficult breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

Call your doctor at once if you have:

  • fast, slow, or irregular heartbeats;
  • blurred vision, tunnel vision, eye pain, or seeing halos around lights;
  • bumps on the skin, or raised blotches (purple, pink, brown, or red);
  • chest pain, swollen glands;
  • a seizure;
  • swelling, rapid weight gain, shortness of breath;
  • any wound that will not heal;
  • pain and swelling or stiffness in your joints with fever or general ill feeling;
  • severe pain in your upper stomach spreading to your back;
  • severe depression, changes in personality, unusual thoughts or behavior; or
  • increased adrenal gland hormones--weight gain in your face and shoulders, slow wound healing, skin discoloration, thinning skin, increased body hair, tiredness, mood changes, menstrual changes, sexual changes.

Betamethasone can affect growth in children. Tell your doctor if your child is not growing at a normal rate while using this medicine.

Common side effects may include:

  • headache, depression, mood swings;
  • sleep problems (insomnia);
  • numbness, tingling, burning pain;
  • skin redness, itching, or discoloration;
  • thinning skin, stretch marks;
  • muscle weakness; or
  • nausea, bloating, stomach pain.

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

Read the entire detailed patient monograph for Celestone (Betamethasone)

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SIDE EFFECTS

(listed alphabetically, under each subsection)

Allergic reactions: Anaphylactoid reaction, anaphylaxis, angioedema.

Cardiovascular: Bradycardia, cardiac arrest, cardiac arrhythmias, cardiac enlargement, circulatory collapse, congestive heart failure, fat embolism, hypertension, hypertrophic cardiomyopathy in premature infants, myocardial rupture following recent myocardial infarction (see WARNINGS), pulmonary edema, syncope, tachycardia, thromboembolism, thrombophlebitis, vasculitis.

Dermatologic: Acne, allergic dermatitis, dry scaly skin, ecchymoses and petechiae, edema, erythema, impaired wound healing, increased sweating, rash, striae, suppressed reactions to skin tests, thin fragile skin, thinning scalp hair, urticaria.

Endocrine: Decreased carbohydrate and glucose tolerance, development of cushingoid state, glycosuria, hirsutism, hypertrichosis, increased requirements for insulin or oral hypoglycemic agents in diabetes, manifestations of latent diabetes mellitus, menstrual irregularities, secondary adrenocortical and pituitary unresponsiveness (particularly in times of stress, as in trauma, surgery, or illness), suppression of growth in pediatric patients.

Fluid and electrolyte disturbances: Congestive heart failure in susceptible patients, fluid retention, hypokalemic alkalosis, potassium loss, sodium retention.

Gastrointestinal: Abdominal distention, elevation in serum liver enzyme levels (usually reversible upon discontinuation), hepatomegaly, increased appetite, nausea, pancreatitis, peptic ulcer with possible perforation and hemorrhage, perforation of the small and large intestine (particularly in patients with inflammatory bowel disease), ulcerative esophagitis.

Metabolic: Negative nitrogen balance due to protein catabolism.

Musculoskeletal: Aseptic necrosis of femoral and humeral heads, loss of muscle mass, muscle weakness, osteoporosis, pathologic fracture of long bones, steroid myopathy, tendon rupture, vertebral compression fractures.

Neurologic/Psychiatric: Convulsions, depression, emotional instability, euphoria, headache, increased intracranial pressure with papilledema (pseudotumor cerebri) usually following discontinuation of treatment, insomnia, mood swings, neuritis, neuropathy, paresthesia, personality changes, psychic disorders, vertigo.

Ophthalmic: Exophthalmos, glaucoma, increased intraocular pressure, posterior subcapsular cataracts.

Other: Abnormal fat deposits, decreased resistance to infection, hiccups, increased or decreased motility and number of spermatozoa, malaise, moon face, weight gain.

Read the entire FDA prescribing information for Celestone (Betamethasone)

© Celestone Patient Information is supplied by Cerner Multum, Inc. and Celestone Consumer information is supplied by First Databank, Inc., used under license and subject to their respective copyrights.

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