Betnovate

Betamethasone (as valerate)

Betnovate Lotion is a medication used in the treatment of various skin conditions, including psoriasis. It helps to reduce irritation and redness.

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Description

Betnovate Lotion is a topical corticosteroid used in skin conditions, such as psoriasis, and is manufactured by GlaxoSmithKline. The lotion is applied to the area of skin affected once or twice a day, and works by relieving redness and inflammation. Due to its corticosteroid content, you can only buy Betnovate Lotion in the UK after first consulting with a practitioner.

  1. Fights symptoms fast
  2. Soothes inflammation
  3. Applied once or twice a day

Psoriasis is a dermatitic condition thought to affect two out of every 100 people in the UK. Symptoms are chronic in nature, and tend to go through periods of flare-up and remission. These include redness, itching and irritation in the region affected, and the appearance of flaky, scale-like skin patches. Most commonly, these symptoms will occur around the elbows and knees, the lower back, and the scalp, but they can appear anywhere on the body.

Most people who have psoriasis will notice their first flare-up before the age of 35. Recurrent episodes may then occur in response to certain triggers. These tend to vary from one individual to the next, but may include stress, hormonal changes taking place in the body, excessive alcohol consumption, smoking, or a reaction to medication.

It is not fully understood why the condition occurs or what causes it, but the immune system is thought to play a role. Experts believe that psoriasis occurs when the body’s defences perceive a threat and release inflammatory chemicals which attack healthy skin cells; even when there is no threat present. This causes new skin cells to develop at a much higher rate, leading to flaking and irritation.

Taking measures to avoid these triggers can help to reduce the likelihood of a recurrence, but in cases where symptoms are present, they may suggest a moderately potent corticosteroid treatment to help calm the inflammation and alleviate irritation. Betnovate Lotion is available to buy online from our registered pharmacy, and contains an ingredient called betamethasone valerate. This helps to limit the activity of inflammatory chemicals which induce symptoms, thereby alleviating irritation.

We do not provide this medication via our online service at this time. Please refer to your GP if you are seeking treatment for psoriasis or would like to renew your prescription for this item.

Page last reviewed:  14/07/2017
Directions

Make sure you adhere to the directions given by your prescriber when using this product, and that you follow the instructions provided in the patient information leaflet. This will help to reduce the likelihood of side effects and maximise the efficacy of the lotion.

  1. Use as prescribed.
  2. For cases of psoriasis, this will usually be one or two administrations per day.
  3. Wash your hands prior to use.
  4. Apply a small amount to the affected area and rub into the skin gently.
  5. In certain cases of psoriasis, such as those affecting the elbows or knees, your doctor may advise you to use the lotion under an airtight dressing.
  6. Never exceed the amount prescribed.
  7. If you forget to use it, do so when you remember, unless it is time for your next dose. If your next application is due, skip the one you have missed and carry on the treatment as normal.

The above constitutes only a summary of the instructions you will need to follow when using this lotion. For a more detailed list of directions, refer to the leaflet provided.

Download Betnovate Lotion PDF

Download Betnovate Scalp Application PDF 

Page last reviewed:  14/07/2017
Please read the patient information leaflet for this medicine fully before use:

Side effects & Warnings

Please be aware that this product may cause side effects. If you notice any signs of an allergic reaction, the development of pustules, or worsening of your symptoms, you should tell your doctor immediately.

Common (1 in 10 people or less):

Feeling of burning, pain, irritation or itching where the lotion is applied.

Very rare (1 in 10,000 people or less):

Increased risk of infection, allergic skin reaction where the lotion is applied, rash, itchy bumpy skin or redness, thinning and dryness of the skin, stretch marks, veins under the surface of the skin becoming more noticeable, increase or reduction in hair growth or hair loss, changes in skin colour, weight gain, rounding of the face, delayed weight gain, slowing of growth in children, bones becoming thinner or weaker, cloudy lens in the eye, glaucoma, increased blood sugar levels or sugar in the urine, or high blood pressure.

More information on side effects can be found in the leaflet supplied.

Taking it with other medicines

Let your doctor know if you are taking any medications. Betnovate may interact with ritonavir and itraconazole.

Conditions to look out for

Betnovate may not be suitable for you if you have experienced an allergic reaction to another steroid in the past; you are applying the fluid to an area underneath an airtight dressing; you are treating an area of broken skin; or you are treating a large surface area. Speak to your doctor if any of the above apply to you.

Pregnancy and breastfeeding

Check with your doctor before using this lotion if you are pregnant, breastfeeding or trying for a baby.

Page last reviewed:  14/07/2017
Please read the patient information leaflet for this medicine fully before use:

Q&A

Can I still drink alcohol?

Yes, but please be aware that excessive alcohol consumption may make psoriasis symptoms worse and consequently reduce the efficacy of the treatment.

Will I still be able to drive?

Yes, providing you experience no side effects which may make doing so unsafe.

Can I take the medicine while pregnant?

Talk to your doctor before using this or any other medicine if you are pregnant, breastfeeding or trying for a baby.

How should I store it?

In a safe place, out of the reach of children, below 25°C.

Am I allergic to anything in the medicine?

This product contains: betamethasone as valerate, methyl hydroxybenzoate, xanthan gum, cetostearyl alcohol, liquid paraffin, isopropyl alcohol, glycerol, macrogol cetostearyl ether, sodium citrate, citric acid and purified water.

Do not use it if you are allergic to any of these substances.

Is it available over-the-counter?

In the UK, this medication is only available to buy on prescription. This is so that a doctor can make sure it is safe for you prior to use.

Is it right for me?

The psoriasis treatment you use will be determined during consultation with your regular GP. They will start a prescription for the most suitable option where required.

Page last reviewed:  14/07/2017
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