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Betamethasone valerate with clioquinol cream

What is Betamethasone valerate with clioquinol cream?

Betamethasone valerate with clioquinol cream (0.1% + 3%) contains the active ingredient betamethasone valerate, which is an anti-inflammatory steroid, as well as clioquinol, and is used to treat both bacterial and fungal infections.

Betamethasone is a ‘potent’ steroid, commonly prescribed for the treatment of skin conditions such as eczema, dermatitis, and psoriasis. This cream, also containing clioquinol, is used in those cases where a steroid cream would be helpful but where the skin is infected as well. It should not be used on areas of skin that are infected but do not have an element of dermatitis too (for example, simple cases of thrush, nappy rash, or impetigo).

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How to use Betamethasone valerate with clioquinol cream

You should read the enclosed leaflet carefully before using this cream. It should be applied to the affected area(s) of skin, once or twice a day. Only a thin layer of cream should be used.

Because betamethasone is a strong steroid, you should start to use it less often as your symptoms start to improve, but continue to use an emollient cream to maintain the benefits in the longer term. You shouldn’t use it on a daily basis for longer than seven days.

If your symptoms do not improve after seven days, talk to your doctor. Continuing use may make the infection worse, and a course of antibiotics may be needed.

Is Betamethasone valerate with clioquinol cream suitable for me?

In certain situations, this treatment, like all medicines, should be used with caution or would not be recommended. It is not recommended if you have reacted to other steroid creams before, or if you have an allergy to any of the ingredients.

It is important to tell the online doctor if you are taking any other medicines, including alternative creams or eczema treatments you are using. This applies no matter whether they’re pharmacy-bought or prescribed by your doctor.

You should not use betamethasone valerate with clioquinol cream if you are pregnant or suspect you might be pregnant, or are breastfeeding or even planning to breastfeed. If the cream doesn’t work for you, tell the doctor – they may be able to prescribe an alternative treatment.

In the consultation, please give the doctor as many details as possible about your general health. This helps to make sure the doctor has all the information required to assess the suitability of betamethasone valerate with clioquinol cream for you.

What are the side effects of Betamethasone valerate with clioquinol cream?

This cream can cause side effects, although not everybody will experience them.

Side effects that have been reported include local skin burning, itching, skin discolouration, and contact dermatitis. Other side effects are rare but can include skin thinning, especially with prolonged use. If you experience any troublesome or persistent side effects, you should stop using betamethasone valerate with clioquinol cream and talk to your doctor.

Please read the patient information leaflet provided in the pack before starting any course of treatment – this will give you all the information you need, as well as full details of the cream’s side effects.

Online consultations are available through our Online Doctor service with a UK-registered GP, which could lead to prescription-strength eczema treatment being arranged for you.

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