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betamethasone dipropionate, Diprolene; Diprolene AF

👤by AP 0 comments 🕔Thursday, September 15th, 2016

PRESCRIPTION: Yes

GENERIC AVAILABLE: Yes

USES: Betamethasone is used for the relief of itching and inflammation associated with a wide variety of skin conditions in patients 13 years of age or older. Examples include allergic dermatitis, atopic dermatitis, contact dermatitis, and plaque psoriasis.

SIDE EFFECTS: The most common side effects of betamethasone are:

burning at the area of application, itching, irritation, and dryness.

MORE SERIOUS SIDE EFFECTS:Topical application of corticosteroids may suppress the body's production of cortisol. If suppression has occurred for a long enough period of time, discontinuing the potent corticosteroid can be associated with symptoms of cortisol deficiency. (It takes the adrenal glands some time before they can begin producing cortisol again.) Absorption of potent corticosteroids can increase the glucose concentration in the blood (especially worrisome in people with diabetes) and cause symptoms of steroid excess such as:

(weight gain, redistribution of fat stores, and psychiatric problems).

The suppression of inflammation and the immune response caused by steroid excess also allows infections to occur more easily.

PREPARATIONS: Cream, ointment, lotion: 0.05%

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 9/15/2016

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