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Betamethasone (as diPropionate)

Diprosone is a lotion used to alleviate skin conditions affecting the scalp, such as psoriasis. It is a topical corticosteroid.

This medication is not available through our online service.

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PLEASE NOTE: This treatment is not available through our online pharmacy service. This page is for information only. If you are experiencing any of the symptoms related to the condition(s) this medication treats, we strongly recommend that you see your GP in person.

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29 August 2020
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Dr Daniel Atkinson

(GP Clinical Lead - GMC No. 4624794) 29 August 2020
Product information

Diprosone is a lotion used to treat psoriasis of the scalp. It contains a type of drug called a corticosteroid, and this helps to alleviate inflammation of the skin in the affected region. Only available to buy in the UK on prescription, Diprosone is marketed by Merck Sharp and Dohme, and is supplied in 30ml and 100ml tubes.

  1. Simple to use lotion
  2. Lessens inflammation
  3. Twice a day dose

Psoriasis is a condition which can affect any part of the body, but is more common in certain areas, such as the elbows, knees, lower back, and the scalp. The NHS estimates that roughly two in every 100 people in the UK have the condition, which is chronic in nature and goes through periods of activity and remission.

Symptoms of psoriasis include irritation of the skin, itchiness, redness, flaking, and scaly skin patches. It isn’t fully understood why this occurs, but it is theorised that the condition is the result of an overactive immune system. The body mistakenly acts upon what it perceives as an infection in the skin, although none is present. This leads to the release of inflammatory chemicals, which cause redness and irritation. New skin cells are also generated before the old ones are ready to be shed, leading to flaking and peeling.

Several known triggers can induce a psoriasis episode, and these can vary from person to person. These include, but are not limited to: stress; the use of certain medications; smoking; excessive alcohol consumption; and sometimes the presence of an infection. In some cases, the scalp may become further irritated by other factors such as exposure to UV rays, or through the use of shampoo products or cosmetics containing irritable agents. When treating the condition, a doctor will usually first discuss ruling out these contributing factors with the patient, to reduce the severity of symptoms. They may also issue a treatment to help reduce the autoimmune effect on the skin, and get the condition under control.

In Diprosone, the active ingredient is betamethasone dipropionate. This potent corticosteroid works by inhibiting the release of inflammatory chemicals by the immune system. In doing so, the lotion soothes irritation and helps the scalp to heal. Please note that this treatment is only to be used on the scalp, and is not suitable for other areas of the body.

This medication is not available through our online service. If you have not used this item before or are having symptoms for the first time, you should make an appointment with your GP.

We do not currently provide treatments for psoriasis via our online service. To be prescribed this medication or renew your existing prescription, we recommend you speak to your doctor in person.

Page last reviewed:  29/08/2020

Take care to follow the instructions supplied by your prescriber when using this item, and read the patient information leaflet fully prior to use. It is vital to do this in order to keep the risk of side effects to a minimum, and to give the treatment the highest chance of working properly.

  1. Use as prescribed.
  2. Typically, this will be two applications a day.
  3. Administer a few drops to the scalp.
  4. Gently rub it in.
  5. It is only intended for use on the scalp. Do not use it anywhere else.
  6. This medication is not designed for use over a long period.
  7. Never exceed the stated dose.
  8. If you forget to take it, do so as soon as you remember, then continue the course as before.

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

Page last reviewed:  29/08/2020
Please read the patient information leaflet for this medicine fully before use:

Diprosone Lotion 0.05%

Side effects & Warnings

Talk to your doctor as soon as possible if you notice any of the following when using this medication: increased redness, stinging, blistering, peeling, swelling, itching, burning, a skin rash, dryness of the skin, inflammation of the hair follicles, excessive hair growth, reduced skin pigmentation, an allergic skin reaction, dermatitis, other skin infections, thinning of the skin, or red marks.

More information can be found in the patient information leaflet.

Taking it with other medicines

Let your prescriber know during consultation if you are using any other treatments, as these may interfere with the efficacy of this product.

Conditions to look out for

Inform your prescriber if you have any other skin conditions, as this item is not suitable for use on the following: rosacea, acne, dermatitis around the mouth, genital itching, nappy rash, cold sores, chickenpox, shingles or other skin infections.

Pregnancy and breastfeeding

Check with your doctor before using Diprosone if you are pregnant, trying to become pregnant or breastfeeding.

Page last reviewed:  29/08/2020
Please read the patient information leaflet for this medicine fully before use:

Diprosone Lotion 0.05%


Can I still drink alcohol?

Yes. The function of this product is not known to be inhibited by the consumption of alcohol.

Will I still be able to drive?

Yes. Your capacity to drive is not likely to be affected. However, if you feel as though your judgment and coordination skills have been reduced by this medication and that it may be less than safe for you to drive, refrain from doing so and contact your doctor at the earliest opportunity.

Can I take the medicine while pregnant?

It may not be suitable for those who are pregnant, breastfeeding or planning to become pregnant. Discuss the use of this item with your doctor if any of the above apply to you.

How should I store it?

Keep it in a safe place below 25°C.

Am I allergic to anything in the medicine?

This lotion contains: betamethasone dipropionate, carbomer, isopropyl alcohol, sodium hydroxide and purified water.

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

Is it available over-the-counter?

You can only buy Diprosone online or in person with a prescription. To renew your prescription for this item, please refer to your GP.

Is it right for me?

The psoriasis treatment you use will be issued by your GP initially. They will start a prescription for the most suitable item following examination of your symptoms in person.

Please note that we do not offer this medication via our online service. We recommend you speak to your GP if you are looking to renew your prescription.

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