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Betamethasone dipropionate belongs to the class of medications called topical corticosteroids. It is used to relieve inflammatory symptoms and itch caused by severe psoriasis and rashes that respond to treatment with corticosteroid creams, lotions, or ointments.
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Betamethasone dipropionate belongs to the class of medications called topical corticosteroids. It is used to relieve inflammatory symptoms and itch caused by severe psoriasis and rashes that respond to treatment with corticosteroid creams, lotions, or ointments. Such rashes include contact dermatitis, Eczema, seborrheic dermatitis, and senile pruritis. It works by reducing inflammation, swelling, and irritation of the skin.
Diprolene (Betamethasone-dipropionate/propylene-glycol) may be available under multiple brand names and/or in several different forms. Any specific brand name of Diprolene (Betamethasone-dipropionate/propylene-glycol) may not be available in all of the forms or approved for all of the conditions discussed here. As well, some forms of Diprolene (Betamethasone-dipropionate/propylene-glycol) may not be used for all of the conditions discussed here.
Your doctor may have suggested Diprolene (Betamethasone-dipropionate/propylene-glycol) for conditions other than those listed in these drug information articles. If you have not discussed this with your doctor or are not sure why you are being given Diprolene (Betamethasone-dipropionate/propylene-glycol), speak to your doctor. Do not stop using Diprolene (Betamethasone-dipropionate/propylene-glycol) without consulting your doctor.
Do not give Diprolene (Betamethasone-dipropionate/propylene-glycol) to anyone else, even if they have the same symptoms as you do. It can be harmful for people to use this medication if their doctor has not prescribed it.
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Cream or ointment: Apply enough cream or ointment to completely cover the affected area, with a thin film. Massage it gently and thoroughly into the skin. Diprolene (Betamethasone-dipropionate/propylene-glycol) is usually applied once daily in the morning, or twice daily in the morning and at night as directed by the doctor. The treatment should be stopped when the condition is cleared. This usually takes at least 3 days. Do not continue the medication for longer than 4 weeks without further consulting your doctor.
Lotion: A few drops of lotion is usually enough to cover the affected area. Gently massage the lotion into the area until it disappears. The lotion is usually applied once daily for 3 weeks.
Shake the lotion well before applying it to the affected area.
The cream, ointment, and lotion should not be covered with a dressing that does not allow the area to breathe, such as plastic wrap or a diaper. Doing so may cause unwanted effects of the medication.
Do not let Diprolene (Betamethasone-dipropionate/propylene-glycol) get in your eyes. If contact occurs, flush with plenty of water and consult your doctor.
Many things can affect the dose of a medication that a person needs, such as body weight, other medical conditions, and other medications. If your doctor has recommended a dose different from the ones listed here, do not change the way that you are using the medication without consulting your doctor.
It is important that Diprolene (Betamethasone-dipropionate/propylene-glycol) be used exactly as prescribed by your doctor. If you miss a dose, apply it as soon as possible and continue with your regular schedule. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and continue with your regular dosing schedule. Do not apply a double dose to make up for a missed one. If you are not sure what to do after missing a dose, contact your doctor or pharmacist for advice.
Store Diprolene (Betamethasone-dipropionate/propylene-glycol) at room temperature, protect it from light and moisture, and keep it out of the reach of children.
Do not dispose of medications in wastewater (e.g. down the sink or in the toilet) or in household garbage. Ask your pharmacist how to dispose of medications that are no longer needed or have expired.
Many medications can cause side effects. A side effect is an unwanted response to a medication when it is taken in normal doses. Side effects can be mild or severe, temporary or permanent.
The side effects listed below are not experienced by everyone who takes Diprolene (Betamethasone-dipropionate/propylene-glycol). If you are concerned about side effects, discuss the risks and benefits of Diprolene (Betamethasone-dipropionate/propylene-glycol) with your doctor.
The following side effects have been reported by at least 1% of people taking this medication. Many of these side effects can be managed, and some may go away on their own over time.
Contact your doctor if you experience these side effects and they are severe or bothersome. Your pharmacist may be able to advise you on managing side effects.
Although most of these side effects listed below don't happen very often, they could lead to serious problems if you do not check with your doctor or seek medical attention.
Check with your doctor as soon as possible if any of the following side effects occur:
Additional side effects may occur if Diprolene (Betamethasone-dipropionate/propylene-glycol) is used improperly or for long periods of time. Check with your doctor as soon as possible if any of the following side effects occur:
Some people may experience side effects other than those listed. Check with your doctor if you notice any symptom that worries you while you are taking Diprolene (Betamethasone-dipropionate/propylene-glycol).
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Each gram of cream contains 0.5 mg of betamethasone (as dipropionate USP, micronized). Nonmedicinal ingredients: carbomer 940, propylene glycol, sodium hydroxide, titanium dioxide, and water.
Each gram of lotion contains 0.5 mg of betamethasone (as dipropionate USP, micronized). Nonmedicinal ingredients: carbomer 940, isopropyl alcohol, propylene glycol, sodium hydroxide, and purified water.
Each gram of ointment contains 0.5 mg of betamethasone (as dipropionate USP, micronized). Nonmedicinal ingredients: propylene glycol monostearate, propylene glycol, white wax, and white petrolatum.
Do not use Diprolene (Betamethasone-dipropionate/propylene-glycol) if you:
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There may be an interaction between betamethasone dipropionate and any of the following:
If you are taking any of these medications, speak with your doctor or pharmacist. Depending on your specific circumstances, your doctor may want you to:
An interaction between two medications does not always mean that you must stop taking one of them. Speak to your doctor about how any drug interactions are being managed or should be managed.
Medications other than those listed above may interact with this medication. Tell your doctor or prescriber about all prescription, over-the-counter (non-prescription), and herbal medications you are taking. Also tell them about any supplements you take. Since caffeine, alcohol, the Nicotine from cigarettes, or street drugs can affect the action of many medications, you should let your prescriber know if you use them.
Before you begin using a medication, be sure to inform your doctor of any medical conditions or Allergies you may have, any medications you are taking, whether you are pregnant or breast-feeding, and any other significant facts about your health. These factors may affect how you should use this medication.
Be sure to tell all health professionals involved in your care that you are using Diprolene (Betamethasone-dipropionate/propylene-glycol).
Absorption: Topical (applied to the skin) corticosteroids such as betamethasone dipropionate are known to be absorbed into the bloodstream if used for prolonged periods of time on large areas of the body. This occurs most often when the medication is covered with a bandage that doesn't breathe or if you have skin problems with impaired circulation. This increases the risk of side effects from Diprolene (Betamethasone-dipropionate/propylene-glycol) throughout the body. It is advisable to use Diprolene (Betamethasone-dipropionate/propylene-glycol) only for brief periods and to stop using it as soon as the problem clears.
Eyes: Use Diprolene (Betamethasone-dipropionate/propylene-glycol) with caution on lesions close to the eye. Take care to ensure that it does not enter the eye, as Glaucoma may result. Cataracts have been reported following internal use of corticosteroids. Report changes in your vision to your doctor as soon as possible.
Infection: Betamethasone should not be used on any infected area until the infection has cleared. Topical corticosteroids may increase the risk of developing a skin infection. If you notice any increased redness, swelling, heat, or pain around the area where the medication is applied, contact your doctor, as these are possible signs of infection.
Stopping Diprolene (Betamethasone-dipropionate/propylene-glycol): Suddenly stopping corticosteroid medication may cause your skin condition to return. If you have been using Diprolene (Betamethasone-dipropionate/propylene-glycol) or others that are similar for a long period of time, discuss with your doctor the best way to discontinue the medication.
Thinning of skin: Using topical corticosteroid medications for a long period of time can cause skin and the tissues underneath to thin or soften, or cause stretch marks. Your doctor may recommend you stop using this medication once in a while or to apply to one area of the body at a time to give the skin a chance to strengthen. If you notice changes to the texture or colour of your skin, contact your doctor as soon as possible, as this may be a sign that the medication needs to be reduced.
Pregnancy: Diprolene (Betamethasone-dipropionate/propylene-glycol) should not be used during pregnancy unless the benefits outweigh the risks. If you become pregnant while using Diprolene (Betamethasone-dipropionate/propylene-glycol), contact your doctor immediately.
Breast feeding: It is not known if topical betamethasone dipropionate passes into breast milk. If you are a breast-feeding mother and are using Diprolene (Betamethasone-dipropionate/propylene-glycol), it may affect your baby. Talk to your doctor about whether you should continue breast-feeding.
Children: Betamethasone dipropionate belongs to the family of medications known as corticosteroids. Children may be more likely to experience the side effects encountered by using large amounts of this class medication for long periods of time (e.g., slowing down of growth, delayed weight gain). The use of this medication by children should be limited to the smallest amount that will be effective for the shortest period of time. Discuss the risks and benefits of the use of Diprolene (Betamethasone-dipropionate/propylene-glycol) by children with your doctor.
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