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Betamethasone is classified as a corticosteroid. It is a custom drug that strives to vary the body's immune responses and thus decrease inflammation in certain medical conditions. As a topical agent betamethasone is often prescribed to treat dry, itching, red, crusting or scaling skin symptoms. As an injectable drug betamethasone is prescribed for many medical issues and diseases including but not limited to the following: ulcerative colitis, lupus, asthma, allergies (severe), some blood disorders, rheumatoid arthritis, some cancers, certain eye conditions, select skin conditions, multiple sclerosis, and more.

How to Use Betamethasone

Betamethasone is often prescribed as a topical or injectable depending on the individual patient's needs and condition. Check with your doctor and first undergo a full consultation and medical review, then your doctor will decide if betamethasone is right for you, and if so will instruct you on method of administering, dosage, treatment and follow up.

Possible Side Effects

Betamethasone may cause side effects in some patients. You may experience no side effects, but if you do the most common side effects seen with betamethasone are as follows:

  • Acne
  • Itching
  • Dry Skin
  • Cracking Skin
  • Burning
  • Change in Skin Color

If you experience any of the above side effects, monitor them and if they seem to be worsening, or staying and won't go away, consult with your doctor right away. Severe side effects are possible, though not as common. A partial list of severe side effects that may occur in some patients is provided below:

  • Difficulty Breathing
  • Difficulty Swallowing
  • Wheezing
  • Severe Rash on the Skin
  • Infection of the Skin (oozing pus, swelling, possible redness)

All of the above side effects classified as "severe" are serious and if you experience any of these serious side effects, or other side effects not listed that you feel are serious or concerning, seek medical assistance immediately.


Before beginning usage of betamethasone you should meet with your doctor and have a full medical consultation to discuss all medical conditions (especially immune disorders, infections, diabetes, circulation disorders, cataracts, and glaucoma) as betamethasone is contraindicated for patients with many differing medical conditions and diseases. During consultation, any drugs/medications you are currently taking or have recently taken should be discussed. Do not take betamethasone if you are pregnant, planning pregnancy in the near future, or breast-feeding unless you have consulted with your doctor first.

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