Diprosone (Betamethasone Dipropionate)
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BETAMETHASONE DIPROPIONATE – TOPICAL (bay-ta-METH-a-sone dye-PROP-pee-on-ate)
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COMMON BRAND NAME(S): Diprosone
What is This Medication Used For?
Diprosone ointment is used in the treatment of many skin conditions (e.g., eczema, allergies, rash, dermatits). Betamethasone brings down redness, swelling, and itching that can occur in these conditions. This medication is a strong corticosteroid.
How Do I Use This Medication?
Betanethasone is only for use on your skin but not on your face, underarms, for diaper rash or groin unless directed by your doctor. Unless your doctor tells you, do not wrap, bandage or otherwise cover the area. If directed to apply this to the diaper area on an infant do not use plastic pants or tight-fitting diapers. For use of the lotion version of this medication shake the bottle well before use. Wash your hands after use unless this medication is being used to treat your hands. Contact with eyes may cause or worsen glaucoma. If medication comes in contact with nose or mouth immediately rinse these areas with water. Only use this medication as prescribed. If the condition persists or worsens after 2 weeks tell your doctor.
Dryness, burning, irritation or itching may occur at applications site at first use, this should improve in a few days as you adjust to the medication. Tell your doctor if these symptoms worsen or persist. Your doctor prescribed Betanethasone as they have judged the benefits outweigh risks of side effects. Many people who use this medication never encounter serious side effects. If any of the following serious but unlikely side effects occur notify your doctor: acne, folliculitis, extreme hair growth, skin thinning/discoloration, stretch marks. When this medication is used skin infections can become worse. If swelling, redness, or irritation doesn’t improve tell your doctor. Seldomly it is possible for this medication to be absorbed into the bloodstream. This can lead to too much corticosteroid resulting in additional side effects. These side effects are more likely in children and people using the medication over large areas of the skin or for a long time. Inform your doctor if any of these side effects occur: headache, increased thirst/urination, swelling ankles/feet, unusual/extreme tiredness, vision problems, weight loss. Serious allergic reactions to this drug are rare. If you notice any symptoms of a severe allergic reaction including: itching/swelling (especially of the throat, tongue, face), trouble breathing, severe dizziness, or rash. This is not an exhaustive list of side effects, if you notice any effects not mentioned previously contact your doctor.
Are There Any Precautions I should Take?
Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you’re allergic to Betamethasone or other corticosteroids before using it or if you have any allergies. There may be inactive ingredients in this product which can cause allergic reactions. Tell your doctor or pharmacist your medical history before using this medication, especially of: immune system problems, poor blood circulation. If there is an infection or sore present in the area to be treated do not use this product. Using corticosteroid medications over a long period of time or over large areas can rarely increase difficulty in your body responding to physical stress. Tell your doctor or dentist if you’ve used this medication within the past few months before having an emergency treatment or surgery or if you contract a serious injury/illness. This medication may slow down a child’s growth if used for a long time though this is unlikely. See your doctor regularly to monitor your child’s height as the effect on final adult height is unknown. If you are pregnant this medication should only be used clearly when needed. It is not known if the drug passes into breast milk as similar medications do.
Drug interactions can increase risks of serious side effects or can change how the medication works. Share a list of all products you use (herbal products as well as prescription and non-prescription drugs) with your pharmacist and doctor. Consult your physician before making any changes to your use of this medication. Corticosteroids taken by mouth can interact with this drug.
What if I Overdose on this Product?
If swallowed this medicine may be harmful. If someone has serious symptoms such as trouble breathing or passing out they may have overdosed. Call 911 or a poison control center immediately.
This medication is prescribed for your current condition only, do not use it for anything else and do not share it. Test may be performed to check for side effects or monitor your progress especially with extended use or use over large areas of skin. Consult your doctor for advice or more details.
What if I Missed a Dose
If you miss a dose apply the medication when you remember. If it is close to the time of your next dose skip the dose you missed and use your next dose at the regular time. Do not catch up by doubling the dose.
How Do I Store This Medication?
Keep the medication away from heat and light, do not store in the bathroom. Keep away from pets and children. If you no longer need the product or it expires consult a pharmacist or waste disposal company for instructions on how to safely dispose of it.