Children's Health and Wellness

Betamethasone Valerate Topical foam

What is this medicine?

BETAMETHASONE (bay ta METH a sone) is a corticosteroid. It is used to treat scaling, redness, and itching due to scalp problems such as scalp psoriasis.

How should I use this medicine?

This medicine is for use on the scalp. It is for external use only. Follow the directions on the prescription label exactly. Wash your hands before and after use. Hold can upside down and release a small amount of foam onto a saucer or other cool surface. Do not put foam directly onto hands because foam will begin to melt immediately in your hands. Pick up small amounts of foam with fingers and gently massage onto scalp area until foam disappears. Repeat until entire affected scalp area is treated. Do not wash or rinse the treated area immediately after applying the foam. Do not use an airtight bandage to cover the affected area unless your doctor or health care professional tells you to. Covering the area can increase the amount that passes through the skin and increase the risk of side effects. Do not get this medicine in your eyes. If you do, rinse out with plenty of cool tap water. It is important not to use more medicine than prescribed. Do not use your medicine more often than directed.

Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children.

What side effects may I notice from receiving this medicine?

Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible:

  • allergic reactions like skin rash, itching or hives, swelling of the face, lips, or tongue

  • severe burning or itching of the scalp

  • dark red spots on the scalp

  • infection

  • lack of healing of skin condition

  • painful, red, pus filled blisters in hair follicles

  • thinning of the skin of the scalp

Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):

  • mild burning, stinging or itching of the scalp

What may interact with this medicine?

Interactions are not expected. Do not use any other skin products without telling your doctor or health care professional.

What if I miss a dose?

If you miss a dose, use it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, use only that dose. Do not use double or extra doses.

Where should I keep my medicine?

Keep out of the reach of children.

Store at room temperature between 20 and 25 degrees C (68 and 77 degrees F). Keep away from fire or open flame. This product is flammable. Throw away any unused medicine after the expiration date.

What should I tell my health care provider before I take this medicine?

They need to know if you have any of these conditions:

  • any active infection

  • diabetes

  • glaucoma or cataracts

  • skin wasting or thinning

  • an unusual or allergic reaction to betamethasone, corticosteroids, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives

  • pregnant or trying to get pregnant

  • breast-feeding

What should I watch for while using this medicine?

Tell your doctor or health care professional if your symptoms do not get better after two weeks. Tell your doctor or health care professional if you are exposed to anyone with measles or chickenpox, or if you develop sores or blisters that do not heal properly.

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