Lichen planus, Psoriasis, Eczema, Contact dermatitis, Systemic lupus erythematosus, Lichen simplex, Prurigo nodularis, Plaque psoriasis.
Topical Administration Use medium to very high potency for less than 2 weeks to reduce local and systemic side effects Use low potency for chronic therapy Avoid medium to very high potency on face, folds, and groin, because use in these areas can increase steroid absorption Use lower potency for children (ie, increased BSA/kg, therefore increased systemic absorption)
As valerate: Apply sparingly 2-3 times daily. Cream for moist & ointment for dry surface.
Hypersensitivity; systemic fungal or acute infections.
Mode of Action
Betamethasone is a corticosteroid with mainly glucocorticoid activity. It prevents and controls inflammation by controlling the rate of protein synthesis, depressing the migration of polymorphonuclear leukocytes and fibroblasts, and reversing capillary permeability and lysosomal stabilisation.
Uncontrolled diabetes, peptic ulcer, osteoporosis, psychosis, psychoneurosis, pregnancy and lactation. Congestive heart failure, hypertension, epilepsy, CRF, elderly, regular monitoring of patients on long term therapy, withdraw gradually, glaucoma, hypothyroidism, cirrhosis, ocular herpes simplex, ulcerative colitis, infants and children. Lactation: It is not known whether topical corticosteroid use could result in sufficient systemic absorption to produce detectable quantities in human milk; use with caution.
Dermal atrophy, local irritation, folliculitis, hypertrichosis, burning, dry skin, pigmentation changes.
Pregnancy Category Note
Pregnancy There are no available data on ointment use in pregnant women to identify a drug- associated risk of major birth defects, miscarriage, or adverse maternal or fetal outcomes; observational studies suggest an increased risk of low birthweight infants with the use of greater than 300 grams of potent or very potent topical corticosteroid during a pregnancy; advise pregnant women that the ointment may increase risk of having a low birthweight infant and to use it on the smallest area of skin and for the shortest duration possible Animal data In animal reproduction studies, increased malformations, including umbilical hernias, cephalocele, and cleft palate, were observed after intramuscular administration to pregnant rabbits; the available data do not allow calculation of relevant comparisons between systemic exposure in animal studies to systemic exposure that would be expected in humans after topical use of the ointment Lactation There are no data regarding the presence of drug in human milk, effects on breastfed infant, or on milk production after topical ointment application to women who are breastfeeding It is possible that topical administration of betamethasone dipropionate could result in sufficient systemic absorption to produce detectable quantities in human milk; the developmental and health benefits of breastfeeding should be considered along with the mother’s clinical need for therapy and any potential adverse effects on breastfed infant drug or from underlying maternal condition To minimize potential exposure to breastfed infant via breast milk, use ointment on smallest area of skin and for shortest duration possible while breastfeeding; advise breastfeeding women not to apply ointment directly to nipple and areola to avoid direct infant exposure
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