What is Betnovate C?
Betnovate C is a branded skin cream used to treat various inflammatory skin conditions and fungal infections, including dermatitis, psoriasis, and eczema. Get to know how Betnovate C works, its side effects, precautions, and contraindications where Betnovate C is not suggested.
Composition and Active Ingredients of Betnovate C
Betnovate C is composed of the following active ingredients:
- Betamethasone Topical: 0.12 % w/w
- Clioquinol (Iodochlorhydroxyquin): 3 % w/w
How does Betnovate C work?
The working of Betnovate C can be understood as that of a combination of its both active ingredients. Below given is a brief description of the same:
Betamethasone valerate belongs to a group of medicines called steroids. It helps to reduce swelling and irritation.
Clioquinol is a type of anti-infective medicine. It fights bacterial & fungal infections of the skin.
Betnovate C uses and benefits
Betnovate C is used to treat bacterial infections in adults and also to control, prevention & improvement of the following diseases, conditions, and symptoms:
Betnovate C is used to relieve swelling, itching, redness, and burning associated with various allergic skin conditions like dermatitis, pemphigus vulgaris, pruritus, seborrhoeic dermatitis, etc.
Allergy and inflammation
Betnovate C is used to reduce or prevent swelling and irritation associated with conditions like colitis, asthma, etc.
Betnovate C is used to relieve irritation, swelling, burning of the eye caused due to infections, allergy, exposure to chemicals, etc.
Side effects of Betnovate C
The following is a list of possible side-effects that may occur from all constituting ingredients of Betnovate C. Below mentioned side effects are possible but do not always occur. Some of the side-effects may be rare but serious. Consult your doctor if you notice any of the following side-effects, especially if they do not go away. The Common side effects of Betnovate C include:
- Redness of skin
- Skin irritation
- Skin dryness
- Easy bruising of skin
Contraindications of Betnovate C
If you have a known history of allergy to Betnovate C or its ingredients then it is not recommended for you.
Active untreated infection
Betnovate C is not recommended for use if you are suffering from any serious infection and is yet to receive any treatment for the same.
Systemic Fungal Infection
If you have a fungal infection affecting an internal organ in the body then Betnovate C is not recommended to use.
Betnovate C Dosage
The quantity and frequency of application of Betnovate C for the particular skin condition per day have to be as per Doctor’s prescription. Generally, it is advised to be used 2 or 3 times a day. Please follow your dermatologist’s instructions before applying this cream.
Precautions while using Betnovate C
Before using Betnovate C, Tell your dermatologist about all the medicines you take including prescription and non-prescription medicines, herbal supplements, and vitamins. Especially tell your physician if you take.
- Use Betnovate C cream for external use only
- Avoid contact with eyes and mouth
- Avoid inhaling and swallowing
- Do not use if you are allergic to its ingredients
- Monitor actively if being used for long-term
- Usage has to be withdrawn slowly
- Use with caution if the patient is an aged person
- Avoid if the patient has an acute and/or systemic fungal infection
- Avoid covering the affected part with a bandage to prevent internal absorption in the skin
- Use with caution in patients (especially women), who have recently undergone a thyroid test
Is it safe to use Betnovate C if I am pregnant?
No, it is not safe to use Betnovate C when you are pregnant. Consult with your dermatologist along with your gynecologist if a need arises to use this cream. Please do not self-medicate with cream.
Is it safe to use Betnovate C if I am breastfeeding?
No, it is not safe to use Betnovate C if you are breastfeeding, as there is a chance of it being inhaled or swallowed by the baby. This can not only be harmful but also dangerous for the baby. Please consult with your doctor or dermatologist if a need arises to use Betnovate C.
Can Betnovate C use for children and infants?
Yes, if prescribed by a qualified doctor or dermatologist, Betnovate C can be used for children of age more than Two years only. Please consult with the dermatologist regarding the quantity, duration of application and frequency of this cream. But, it is strictly not to be used for children under the age of Two years and infants.
Betnovate C – Drug Interactions
Betnovate C is not known to affect other medicines. However, as with all drugs, it is important to tell your dermatologist what drugs you are already using, including those bought without a prescription and herbal medicines, before you start treatment with this cream. Similarly, check with your dermatologist before using any new drugs or creams while using this one, to make sure that the combination is safe.
If you are using other creams on the same area of skin it is recommended that you leave several minutes between applying each product. This procedure will allow each ingredient time to be absorbed and avoid them mixing on the skin.
If you apply skin moisturizers shortly before or after applying Betnovate C can dilute the corticosteroid and potentially make it less effective. Try to apply your moisturizers 30 minutes before applying Betnovate C, or at a different time of day.
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Dr. Srishti Tayal is Chief Radiologist at Radiodent – Dental and Maxillofacial Imaging. She has completed BDS and MDS with Gold Medal from JSS Medical College, Mysore. She is a passionate medical researcher and has published five research papers in various medical journals and received an award for the best scientific paper.
In addition to following her pursuits in dentistry, she is also an avid medical writer who believes in bridging the information gap among the common population with regards to modern medicine.