Drug information provided by: IBM Micromedex
It is very important that you use this medicine only as directed by your doctor. Do not use more of it, do not use it more often, and do not use it for a longer time than your doctor ordered. To do so may cause unwanted side effects or skin irritation.
This medicine is for use on the skin only. Do not get it in your eyes, mouth, or vagina. Do not use it on skin areas that have cuts, scrapes, or burns. If it does get on these areas, rinse it off right away with water.
This medicine should come with a patient information leaflet. Read and follow these instructions carefully. Ask your doctor if you have any questions.
This medicine should only be used for skin conditions that your doctor is treating. Check with your doctor before using it for other conditions, especially if you think that a skin infection may be present. This medicine should not be used to treat certain kinds of skin infections or conditions, such as severe burns.
To help clear up your skin problem completely, it is very important that you keep using this medicine for the full time of treatment, even if your symptoms begin to clear up after a few days. Do not miss any doses.
Do not use the topical cream, gel, lotion, ointment, and spray on the face, scalp, groin, or underarms unless directed to do so by your doctor. Do not use on skin areas that may rub or touch together.
Wash your hands with soap and water before and after using this medicine.
Apply a thin layer of this medicine to the affected area of the skin. Rub it in gently.
With the lotion, protect the skin from water, clothing, or anything that causes rubbing until the medicine has dried.
With the spray, shake well before each use.
Do not bandage or otherwise wrap the skin being treated unless directed to do so by your doctor.
If your doctor ordered an occlusive dressing or airtight covering to be applied over the medicine, make sure you know how to apply it. Occlusive dressings increase the amount of medicine absorbed through your skin, so use them only as directed. If you have any questions about this, check with your doctor.
The dose of this medicine will be different for different patients. Follow your doctor's orders or the directions on the label. The following information includes only the average doses of this medicine. If your dose is different, do not change it unless your doctor tells you to do so.
The amount of medicine that you take depends on the strength of the medicine. Also, the number of doses you take each day, the time allowed between doses, and the length of time you take the medicine depend on the medical problem for which you are using the medicine.
For topical dosage forms (cream, gel, lotion, and ointment):
For redness, itching, and swelling of the skin:
Adults and children 13 years of age and older—Apply to the affected area of the skin 1 or 2 times a day.
Children younger than 13 years of age—Use is not recommended.
For topical dosage form (spray):
For mild to moderate plaque psoriasis:
Adults—Apply to the affected area of the skin 2 times a day. Do not use this medicine longer than 4 weeks.
Children—Use is not recommended.
If you miss a dose of this medicine, apply it as soon as possible. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule.
Store the medicine in a closed container at room temperature, away from heat, moisture, and direct light. Keep from freezing.
Keep out of the reach of children.
Do not keep outdated medicine or medicine no longer needed.
Ask your healthcare professional how you should dispose of any medicine you do not use.
Throw away any unused betamethasone topical spray after 4 weeks.