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Betnovate Cream 0.1% 30g

Available as a single and double pack

  • For eczema, dermatitis & other skin conditions
  • Topical corticosteroid
  • Eases itching & inflammation
  • Always read the patient information leaflet before use
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  • Active Ingredient(s)
    Betamethasone
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What is Betnovate cream?

Betnovate cream is a topical steroid which can be used to soothe inflammation caused by dry skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis. If your skin is badly irritated or you’re finding that over-the-counter prescriptions aren’t working to ease your flare-ups as effectively as they should, this treatment could help to ease your inflammation and reduce itching. Betnovate can be used in adults and children over the age of 1 and can be used to treat flare-ups in most areas of the body, including the face.

What is Betnovate used for?

Betnovate cream is used to relieve inflammation in your skin, easing symptoms like itching, swelling, redness, and irritation. It can be used for dry skin conditions, including eczema, atopic dermatitis (also known as contact dermatitis), and psoriasis. It’s often used when over the counter eczema treatments haven’t worked to ease your condition or if your skin is particularly inflamed and a stronger treatment is needed.

How to use Betnovate cream

Before using this product, wash your hands thoroughly. Apply a thin layer of Betnovate cream to the affected area and gently rub it into the skin until it’s absorbed. Use your fingertip to measure the amount of cream you should use. If you are not using this cream to treat the skin on your hands, wash them thoroughly after each application. Apply once or twice a day, reducing the amount of cream you use as your skin gets better. Do not apply to large areas of skin for a long period of time. If you are applying the cream to someone else (e.g. a child) you can use disposable plastic gloves if you feel you need to. If your skin hasn’t improved after 2 - 4 weeks of use you should speak to your doctor. If you have thick patches of psoriasis, your doctor may recommend wearing an airtight dressing over the affected area when you start using the cream. This will usually be at night and can help the cream to be more effective. However, you should only do this if directed to by your doctor. Do not apply this cream to your face unless your doctor tells you to, if you are using it on your face, do not use this treatment for more than 5 days.

How much cream should I use?

The amount of Betnovate cream you should use will differ depending on your age and where you want to use it. You should use your fingertip to measure the amount of cream you’re using, even if you’re measuring the amount of cream to use on a child. The amounts you’ll usually need to use as an adult or to treat a child older than 10 are as follows:

Area

Fingertip units needed

Face & neck

2 and a half

Back OR front of the torso

7

One arm (not including the hand)

3

Both sides of one hand

1

One leg (not including the foot)

6

One foot

2



The amount of cream usually needed for children aged 1 - 10 are as follows:

Number of fingertip units needed per area of treatment

Age in years

Face & Neck

Arm & Hand

Leg & Foot

Front

Back (Including Buttocks)

1 - 2

1 and a half

1 and a half

2

2

3

3 - 5

1 and a half

2

3

3

3 and a half

6 - 10

2

2 and a half

4 and a half

3 and a half

5

How will Betamethasone Valerate relieve my eczema or psoriasis?

The active ingredient in Betnovate cream is Betamethasone Valerate, which is a topical steroid. When you have a reaction that causes skin inflammation, your body releases hormones into the area which irritate your skin and cause your symptoms. Betamethasone helps relieve inflammation by keeping these hormones from being released, effectively treating your condition at its source and easing symptoms like itching, redness, and swelling.

What is eczema?

Eczema (also known as atopic eczema or atopic dermatitis) is a common dry skin condition which makes your skin itchy, red, cracked, and inflamed. Eczema is particularly common in children, who will often grow out of the condition as they grow older, but it can also be experienced for the first time in adults too. Eczema usually happens in small patches, although it can be more widespread, and is often found on the hands, the backs of your elbows, and the backs of your knees. When you have this condition, you’ll find that you don’t have it all the time but experience flare-ups when your skin becomes irritated. Flare-ups usually happen when you come into contact with something your skin is sensitive to, for example, harsh soaps or detergents, allergens like pollen or pet fur, or foods you’re allergic to. Eczema can usually be managed with over-the-counter remedies, but if your flare-up becomes particularly inflamed or infected you may need a prescription treatment to soothe your skin.

What is psoriasis?

Psoriasis is a dry skin condition which is similar to eczema in a lot of ways but causes slightly different symptoms. When you have a flare-up of psoriasis you’ll experience red, flaky, irritated skin which is covered in silvery scales. Psoriasis causes an increase in the production of your skin cells, and this build-up is what causes the silvery scales that are a tell-tale sign of this condition. Psoriasis is a chronic condition which does not currently have a cure, but it can be managed with treatments like Betnovate, other topical steroids, and vitamin D.

Can I use this steroid cream if I’m pregnant or breastfeeding?

If you’re pregnant or breastfeeding you should tell your doctor this during your first consultation. Topical steroids like Betnovate will only be prescribed to you if the benefits will outweigh and potential harm to your baby. Although you will often be able to use this product safely, your doctor will need to know about your condition before they can make a decision about your treatment. If your doctor does prescribe this cream when you’re breastfeeding, make sure to thoroughly wipe away any cream that gets on your breasts before feeding your baby.

Can I use this cream alongside my regular medication?

If you’re using any other medication you should tell your doctor about this during your consultation, including any medications you obtained without a prescription and herbal remedies. This especially applies if you are already taking ritonavir (used to treat HIV/AIDS) or itraconazole (used to treat fungal infections like thrush). Some medications shouldn’t be used together so your doctor will need to know every medication you’re using to be able to make an informed decision about your treatment.



Can I use this steroid cream on my scalp?

You can use Betnovate cream on your scalp, however, there is another Betnovate treatment which is designed to be used on the scalp. This product is called Betnovate Scalp Application and it’s a liquid, which is much easier to apply to the scalp than a cream or ointment. If you’re suffering from inflamed skin on your scalp, your doctor may recommend the scalp application instead of this cream to help you get the most out of your betamethasone treatment.

When should this product not be used?

Betnovate cream is not suitable for children under the age of 1. Do not use this product if you are allergic to betamethasone valerate, and other steroids, or any of the other listed ingredients. For use on the skin only. Do not use this product to treat any of the following skin problems:

  • Acne

  • Rosacea

  • A spotty red rash around your mouth, known as perioral dermatitis

  • Itching around your back passage (anus) or genitals

  • Infected skin, unless your affection is also being treated with an anti-infective medicine

  • Itchy skin which is not inflamed

Speak to your doctor or pharmacist before using this product if you:

  • Are going to be applying this cream underneath an airtight dressing, including a child’s nappy

  • Have psoriasis

  • Have a chronic leg ulcer

  • Are applying the cream to a large surface area

  • Are applying the cream to broken skin or within skin folds

  • Are applying the cream near your eyes or on your eyelids

  • Have a skin infection, as this will need to be treated

  • Are applying the cream to thin skin, such as the skin on your face, or on children, who have thinner skin than adults. If you need to apply this product to a child or on the face, your treatment should last no longer than 5 days

  • Are planning to be using bandages, as these should not be used on children or on the face where the cream has been applied

Does Betnovate cream have any side effects?

Like all medications, Betnovate cream can have side effects, although not everyone will experience them. If you experience any of the following side effects, stop use and seek immediate medical assistance:

  • Your skin condition gets worse, you get a generalised rash, or your skin becomes swollen during treatment. You may be allergic to Betnovate, have an infection, or need a different treatment

  • You have psoriasis and get raised bumps with pus under the skin, this is known as pustular psoriasis

Other side effects you may experience include:

  • Burning, pain, irritation, or itching in the area of application

  • An increased risk of infection

  • Allergic skin reaction in the area of application

  • Rash, itchy bumpy skin, skin redness

  • Thinning or dryness of the skin, it may also damage or wrinkle more easily

  • Stretch marks

  • Blood vessels under the skin becoming more noticeable

  • Hair growth or hair loss increasing or decreasing, changes in skin colour

  • Weight gain, your face becoming more rounded

  • Slowing of weight gain or growth in children

  • Bones becoming thin, weak, or easily breakable

  • Cataracts or glaucoma

  • Decreased cortisol in your blood

  • Increased sugar levels in your blood or pee

  • High blood pressure

If you experience these or any other side effects while using this product speak to your doctor or pharmacist as soon as possible. For more information about reporting the side effects of medication, please see the MHRA’s Yellow Card Scheme.

Do I need a prescription for Betnovate?

You do need a prescription for Betnovate in the UK. Our healthcare professionals can provide prescriptions if they think this treatment would be right for you and your condition. When you click the button which reads “Start Consultation” at the top of this page, you’ll see a short questionnaire set up by our healthcare team which is designed to help them understand your medical needs. Just like an in-person consultation with your GP, our doctors will assess your answers to their questions and write a prescription for the treatment they think will be best for you. You’ll then be able to pay for your medication and we’ll send it out to you quickly and in discreet packaging.

How to store this product

Store in a cool, dry place which is below 25 degrees C. Do not use this product if the expiry date printed on the original packaging has passed. Keep out of sight and reach of children.

Warnings

This product can make fabrics extremely flammable. You should avoid contact with open flames while using this cream and should not smoke. Be sure to change and wash any dressings, bandages, clothes, bedding, or other fabrics which come into contact with this cream regularly. This will help to make the fabrics less flammable, but be aware that it may not remove the cream completely and you should still be careful.


Active Ingredients

  • Betamethasone

Ingredients

  • The active ingredient is betamethasone valerate. Each 1g contains 1 mg of betamethasone (0.1% w/w) as valerate. The other ingredients are chlorocresol, cetomacrogol 1000, cetostearyl alcohol, white soft paraffin, liquid paraffin, sodium acid phosphate, phosphoric acid, sodium hydroxide and purified water.

Product Data
Active Ingredient(s)
Betamethasone

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