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Diprolene Ointment

Last reviewed on RxList: 5/16/2019
Diprolene Ointment Side Effects Center

Last reviewed on RxList 5/16/2019

Diprolene (augmented betamethasone dipropionate) is a corticosteroid used to treat a variety of skin conditions (for example, eczema, dermatitis, allergies, rash). Diprolene is available in generic form. Side effects of Diprolene include:

  • application site reactions (burning, itching, irritation, redness, peeling, and dry skin),
  • thinning of your skin,
  • blistering skin, or
  • stretch marks.

Tell your doctor if you have unlikely but serious side effects of Diprolene including:

  • skin discoloration,
  • acne,
  • extreme or unwanted hair growth, or
  • "hair bumps" (folliculitis).

Diprolone ointment is approved for use in patients 13 years of age and older. The total dose should not exceed 50 g per week because of the potential for the drug to suppress the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis. Diprolene may interact with topical anthralin. Tell your doctor all medications and supplements you use. Diprolene Ointment should be used during pregnancy only if the potential benefit justifies the potential risk to the fetus. It is unknown if Diprolene passes into breast milk. Consult your doctor before breastfeeding.

Our Diprolene (augmented betamethasone dipropionate) 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; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

Stop using betamethasone and call your doctor at once if you have:

  • severe skin irritation where the medicine was applied; or
  • signs of skin infection (swelling, redness, warmth, oozing).

Your skin can absorb topical steroid medicine, which may cause steroid side effects throughout the body. Stop using betamethasone and call your doctor if you have:

  • blurred vision, tunnel vision, eye pain, or seeing halos around lights;
  • slow wound healing, thinning skin, increased body hair;
  • weight gain, puffiness in your face; or
  • muscle weakness, tired feeling, depression, anxiety, feeling irritable.

Steroids 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:

  • itching, redness, burning, stinging, or blistering of treated skin;
  • skin dryness, irritation, or discoloration;
  • thinning skin;
  • acne;
  • lightened color of treated skin; or
  • folliculitis (redness or crusting around your hair follicles).

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 Diprolene Ointment (Betamethasone Dipropionate)

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SIDE EFFECTS

Clinical Trials Experience

Because clinical trials are conducted under widely varying conditions, adverse reaction rates observed in the clinical trials of a drug cannot be directly compared to rates in the clinical trials of another drug and may not reflect the rates observed in clinical practice.

In controlled clinical trials, adverse reactions associated with the use of DIPROLENE Ointment reported at a frequency of less than 1% included erythema, folliculitis, pruritus, and vesiculation.

Postmarketing Experience

Because adverse reactions are reported voluntarily from a population of uncertain size, it is not always possible to reliably estimate their frequency or establish a causal relationship to drug exposure.

Postmarketing reports for local adverse reactions to topical corticosteroids may also include: skin atrophy, telangiectasias, burning, irritation, dryness, acneiform eruptions, hypopigmentation, perioral dermatitis, allergic contact dermatitis, secondary infection, hypertrichosis, striae, and miliaria.

Hypersensitivity reactions, consisting of predominantly skin signs and symptoms, e.g., contact dermatitis, pruritus, bullous dermatitis, and erythematous rash have been reported.

Ophthalmic adverse reactions of cataracts, glaucoma, increased intraocular pressure, and central serous chorioretinopathy have been reported with the use of topical corticosteroids, including topical betamethasone products.

Read the entire FDA prescribing information for Diprolene Ointment (Betamethasone Dipropionate)

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