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Betnovate RD 0.025% - 100g

Available as an Ointment or Cream

  • Topical steroid for eczema, psoriasis, and dermatitis. 
  • Contains betamethasone.
  • Always read the patient information leaflet before use. 
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What is Betnovate RD? 

Betnovate RD is a medicated cream containing the active ingredient betamethasone valerate, a type of topical steroid that can reduce swelling and irritation. This cream is used to treat the redness and itchiness associated with skin problems such as eczema, psoriasis, and dermatitis. Betnovate RD is slightly different to Bentovate: RD stands for ‘readily diluted’, meaning there’s less of the active ingredient. This means it can be used for milder skin problems, or to keep your skin under control after treatment with Betnovate. 

How should this product be used? 

Betnovate RD should usually be applied once or twice a day, but this can be reduced once your skin starts to heal. You shouldn’t use this cream on large areas of the body for long periods of time unless you’ve been told otherwise by your doctor or Chemist4U pharmacist. 

To apply Betnovate RD, you should start by washing your hands. Then, apply a thin layer of cream to the affected area and gently rub it into your skin. You can measure how much Betnovate RD to use with your fingertip and use the below guides for reference.


  • Face and neck: 2½ fingertip units

  • Back: 7 fingertip units

  • Front: 7 fingertip units

  • One arm (not including the hand): 3 fingertip units

  • Both sides of one hand: 1 fingertip unit

  • One leg (not including the foot): 6 fingertip units

  • One foot: 2 fingertip units


Child’s age

Face & Neck

Arm & hand

Leg & foot



1-2 years






3-5 years






6-10 years






Betnovate RD shouldn’t be used in children under the age of 1. For children over 1, the course of treatment shouldn’t usually last any longer than 5 days. If you’re applying this cream to your child and not yourself, you should wear disposable gloves or wash your hands thoroughly before and after using the cream. 

How does betamethasone treat eczema? 

Betnovate RD contains a steroid, more specifically a corticosteroid, called betamethasone. This active ingredient works by reducing the inflammation in the skin that causes swelling, itching, and redness, helping people with skin conditions, such as eczema, psoriasis, and contact dermatitis, to manage their symptoms. Betamethasone will not help other skin conditions like impetigo, acne, or rosacea - these conditions need different types of medications. 

What is the difference between eczema and psoriasis? 

Eczema and psoriasis are both common skin conditions that can easily be confused with each other. The symptoms are similar and they can both appear in similar parts of the body.

The differences between these two conditions can be subtle. Eczema causes red, inflamed skin that is usually extremely itchy. Psoriasis usually causes well-defined patches of redness and the skin is thicker and more inflamed than with eczema, with more of a burning sensation than just an itch. 

Eczema usually appears on parts of the body that bend, like the inner elbow, behind the knees, wrists, ankles, or on your neck. Psoriasis often shows up on the palms of your hands, your elbows, knees, scalp, face, lower back, or on the soles of the feet. 

When should Betnovate RD not be used? 

Betnovate RD should not be used if you are allergic to betamethasone valerate or any of the other ingredients in this medicine. Do not use this cream to treat acne, rosacea, perioral dermatitis, itching around the back passage or genital areas, infected skin, or itchy skin that isn’t inflamed. You should check with your doctor or Chemist4U pharmacist before taking Betnovate RD if:

  • You are taking any other medications, including those obtained without a prescription. 

  • You are pregnant or breastfeeding.

  • You have previously had an allergic reaction with another steroid.

  • You are applying the cream under an airtight dressing or a child’s nappy.

  • You have psoriasis. 

  • You are using the cream for a chronic leg ulcer.

  • You are applying the cream to a large surface area.

  • You are applying the cream on broken skin or within the skin folds.

  • You are applying the cream near the eyes or on the eyelids. 

  • You have a skin infection.

  • You are applying to thin skin, such as the face or children’s skin. 

Are there any side effects?

Betnovate RD is a medicine, and all medicines come with the possibility of side effects. If you notice symptoms of an allergic reaction, or have psoriasis and find pus-filled bumps under the skin, stop using Betnovate RD and speak to your doctor immediately. 

A common side effect of Betnovate RD is a feeling of burning, pain, irritation or itching where the cream is applied. Any other side effects are very rare - for more information on these, refer to the patient information leaflet. 

If you experience any side effects, including any not included in the patient information leaflet, you can report them using the MHRA Yellow Card Scheme

Do I need a prescription for Betnovate RD?

You do need a prescription for Betnovate RD 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.

Storage information

Do not store above 25˚C and keep out of sight and reach of children. Store in a cool, dry area away from direct sunlight and never use the cream after the expiry date that is printed on the tube or carton. 

Important information

This product is a medicine; make sure to speak to your doctor or Chemist4U pharmacist before taking this product if you have an underlying medical problem or are taking any other medicine or complementary therapy. If your symptoms get worse or continue after taking this product, contact us or your doctor. For medical services in your area, please refer to

If you are pregnant, trying to become pregnant, or breastfeeding, speak to your doctor or our pharmacist before taking this product. If you suffer from any allergies, ask your doctor or our pharmacist if this medicine is right for you.

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Please read the included leaflet carefully before using this product.

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