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Betamethasone Valerate with Neomycin cream

What is betamethasone valerate with neomycin cream?

Betamethasone valerate with neomycin cream (0.1% + 0.5%) contains the active ingredient betamethasone valerate, which is an anti-inflammatory steroid, and neomycin sulphate, which treats most common bacterial infections of the skin. It is not active against fungal skin infections.

Betamethasone is classed as a ‘potent’ steroid, and used for the treatment of skin conditions (for example, eczema, dermatitis and psoriasis). This cream, also containing neomycin, is used in those cases where a steroid cream would be helpful but where the skin is infected as well, or is likely to become infected. It will never be prescribed for areas of skin that are infected but do not have an element of dermatitis too (in simple cases of thrush, nappy rash or impetigo for instance).

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How to use betamethasone valerate with neomycin cream

Before starting treatment with this cream, please fully read the leaflet enclosed within the pack.

The cream should be applied to the affected area(s) of skin, once or twice a day. Only a thin layer of the cream should be used.

Because betamethasone is a strong steroid, as your symptoms improve, you should start to use it less often, and 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 have still not improved after seven days, talk to your doctor. Continuing to use betamethasone valerate with neomycin cream might make the infection worse, and a course of antibiotics may be needed.

Is betamethasone valerate with neomycin cream suitable for me?

There are some situations for which this cream, like all medicines, should be used with caution or may not be recommended at all. This may be the case, for example, if you have reacted to other steroid creams before, if you have kidney problems, or if you have an allergy to any of the active or inactive ingredients. It should not be used to treat the symptoms of rosacea or acne. It should not be applied at all on the anal or genital areas, or on viral infections (for example, herpes simplex or chickenpox). Do not apply treatment to the face for any longer than necessary.

During your consultation, please be sure to tell the doctor if you are taking any other medicines, including other creams or eczema treatments you are using, whether you’ve been prescribed them by your doctor or have got them from a pharmacy without a prescription.

You should not use this cream if you are pregnant or think you might be pregnant, or are breastfeeding or will be breastfeeding in the near future.

If it doesn’t work for you, please make the doctor aware as it may be possible to prescribe an alternative treatment for you.

You should also make sure you provide the doctor with as many details as possible about your general health. We need to be sure that we have all the information required to assess the suitability of betamethasone valerate with neomycin cream for your treatment.

What are the side effects of betamethasone valerate with neomycin cream?

As is the case with all medicines, this cream can cause side effects, although you may not personally experience them.

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

Please read the patient leaflet for a full list of potential side effects and other important information. You can find this enclosed within the pack or read the leaflet online here.

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