Betamethasone + Clotrimazole

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Generic Name: Betamethasone + Clotrimazole Brand Name(s): Generics only. No brands available. Avability: Rx Pregnancy Category: C

Uses

What is Betamethasone + Clotrimazole used for?

Betamethasone + Clotrimazole is used to treat a variety of inflamed fungal skin infections such as ringworm, athlete’s foot, and jock itch. This product contains 2 medications. Clotrimazole is an azole antifungal that works by preventing the growth of fungus. Betamethasone is a strong corticosteroid that works by reducing the swelling, redness, and itching that occurs in the skin infection. This medication is not recommended for children younger than 17 years or for diaper rash.

How should I take Betamethasone + Clotrimazole?

If you are using the lotion form of this medication, shake the bottle well before each use.

Use this medication on the skin only. Clean and thoroughly dry the area to be treated. Apply a thin layer of the medication to the affected area and gently rub in, usually twice daily (in the morning and evening) or as directed by your doctor. Wash your hands after using unless you are using this medication to treat the hands. Do not wrap, cover, or bandage the area unless directed to do so by your doctor. Wear loose-fitting clothes after applying the medication to the groin area.

Do not apply the medication in the eyes, nose, mouth, or inside the vagina. If you do get the medication in those areas, flush with plenty of water.

The dosage and length of treatment depends on the type of infection being treated. Ringworm or jock itch is usually treated for 2 weeks, and athlete’s foot is usually treated for 4 weeks. Do not use more than 45 grams of the cream or 45 milliliters of the lotion per week unless directed and closely monitored by your doctor.

Do not apply more often or use longer than prescribed. This may increase the risk of side effects.

Use this medication regularly to get the most benefit from it. To help you remember, use it at the same times each day.

Continue to use this medication until the full prescribed amount is finished, even if symptoms disappear after a few days. Stopping the medication too early may result in a return of the infection.

Inform your doctor if your condition worsens or does not improve after 1 week of treatment for jock itch or ringworm or 2 weeks of treatment for athlete’s foot.

How do I store Betamethasone + Clotrimazole?

Betamethasone + Clotrimazole is best stored at room temperature away from direct light and moisture. Keep the tube or bottle capped and tightly closed when not in use. To prevent drug damage, you should not store Betamethasone + Clotrimazole in the bathroom or the freezer. There may be different brands of Betamethasone + Clotrimazole that may have different storage needs. It is important to always check the product package for instructions on storage, or ask your pharmacist. For safety, you should keep all medicines away from children and pets.

You should not flush Betamethasone + Clotrimazole down the toilet or pour them into a drain unless instructed to do so. It is important to properly discard this product when it is expired or no longer needed. Consult your pharmacist for more details about how to safely discard your product.

Precautions & warnings

What should I know before using Betamethasone + Clotrimazole?

Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to clotrimazole or betamethasone; or to other azole antifungals (e.g., ketoconazole) or corticosteroids (e.g., triamcinolone); or if you have any other allergies. This product may contain inactive ingredients, which can cause allergic reactions or other problems. Talk to your pharmacist for more details.

Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist your medical history, especially of: immune system problems, poor blood circulation.

Caution is advised when using this drug in the elderly because they may be more sensitive to the effects of the drug, especially thinning skin.

Rarely, using corticosteroid medications for a long time or over large areas of skin can make it more difficult for your body to respond to physical stress. Therefore, before having surgery or emergency treatment, or if you get a serious illness/injury, tell your doctor or dentist that you are using this medication or have used this medication within the past few months.

Though it is unlikely, this medication may slow down a child’s growth if used for a long time. The effect on final adult height is unknown. See the doctor regularly so your child’s height can be checked.

During pregnancy, this medication should be used only when clearly needed. Discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor.

It is unknown if this medication passes into breast milk. Similar medications pass into breast milk. Consult your doctor before breast-feeding.

Is it safe during pregnancy or breast-feeding?

There are no adequate studies in women for determining risk when using this Betamethasone + Clotrimazole during pregnancy or while breastfeeding. Please always consult with your doctor to weigh the potential benefits and risks before taking Betamethasone + Clotrimazole. Betamethasone + Clotrimazole is pregnancy risk category C according to the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

FDA pregnancy risk category reference below:

  • A=No risk,
  • B=No risk in some studies,
  • C=There may be some risk,
  • D=Positive evidence of risk,
  • X=Contraindicated,
  • N=Unknown

Side effects

What side effects can occur from Betamethasone + Clotrimazole?

Burning, tingling, dry skin, or stinging may occur. If any of these effects persist or worsen, notify your doctor or pharmacist promptly.

Remember that your doctor has prescribed this medication because he or she has judged that the benefit to you is greater than the risk of side effects. Many people using this medication do not have serious side effects.

Tell your doctor right away if any of these unlikely but serious side effects occur: extreme hair growth, skin thinning/discoloration, acne, stretch marks, “hair bumps” (folliculitis).

Rarely, it is possible this medication will be absorbed from the skin into the bloodstream. This can lead to side effects of too much corticosteroid. These side effects are more likely in children, and in people who use this medication for a long time or over large areas of the skin. Tell your doctor right away if any of the following side effects occur: unusual/extreme tiredness, weight loss, headache, swelling ankles/feet, increased thirst/urination, vision problems.

A very serious allergic reaction to this drug is rare. However, seek immediate medical attention if you notice any of the following symptoms of a serious allergic reaction: rash, itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat), severe dizziness, trouble breathing.

Not everyone experiences these side effects. There may be some side effects not listed above. If you have any concerns about a side-effect, please consult your doctor or pharmacist.

Interactions

What drugs may interact with Betamethasone + Clotrimazole?

Some products that may interact with this drug are: other corticosteroid products (such as prednisone).

Betamethasone + Clotrimazole may interact with other drugs that you are currently taking, which can change how your drug works or increase your risk for serious side effects. To avoid any potential drug interactions, you should keep a list of all the drugs you are using (including prescription drugs, nonprescription drugs and herbal products) and share it with your doctor and pharmacist. For your safety, do not start, stop, or change the dosage of any drugs without your doctor’s approval.

Does food or alcohol interact with Betamethasone + Clotrimazole?

Betamethasone + Clotrimazole may interact with food or alcohol by altering the way the drug works or increase the risk for serious side effects. Please discuss with your doctor or pharmacist any potential food or alcohol interactions before using this drug.

What health conditions may interact with Betamethasone + Clotrimazole?

Betamethasone + Clotrimazole may interact with your health condition. This interaction may worsen your health condition or alter the way the drug works. It is important to always let your doctor and pharmacist know all the health conditions you currently have.

Dosage

The information provided is not a substitute for any medical advice. You should ALWAYS consult with your doctor or pharmacist before using this Betamethasone + Clotrimazole.

What is the dose of Betamethasone + Clotrimazole for an adult?

Usual Adult Dose for Tinea Corporis

Cream: Apply a thin film topically to the affected skin area(s) twice a day for 1 week

Comments:

-Not to be used longer than 2 weeks.

-If no clinical improvement is seen after 1 week of therapy, the diagnosis should be reviewed.

Lotion: Apply a sufficient amount topically to the affected skin area(s) twice a day

Comments:

-To be applied twice a day in the morning and evening.

-Not to be used longer than 2 weeks.

-If no clinical improvement is seen after 1 week of therapy, the diagnosis should be reviewed.

Usual Adult Dose for Tinea Cruris

Cream: Apply a thin film topically to the affected skin area(s) twice a day for 1 week

Comments:

-Not to be used longer than 2 weeks.

-If no clinical improvement is seen after 1 week of therapy, the diagnosis should be reviewed.

Lotion: Apply a sufficient amount topically to the affected skin area(s) twice a day

Comments:

-To be applied twice a day in the morning and evening.

-Not to be used longer than 2 weeks.

-If no clinical improvement is seen after 1 week of therapy, the diagnosis should be reviewed.

Usual Adult Dose for Tinea Pedis

Cream: Apply a sufficient amount topically to the affected skin area(s) twice a day for 2 weeks

Comments:

-Not to be used longer than 4 weeks.

-If no clinical improvement is seen after 2 weeks of therapy, the diagnosis should be reviewed.

Lotion: Apply a sufficient amount topically to the affected skin area(s) twice a day

Comments:

-To be applied twice a day in the morning and evening.

-Not to be used longer than 4 weeks.

-If no clinical improvement is seen after 2 weeks of therapy, the diagnosis should be reviewed.

Other Comments

Administration advice:

-For topical use only; not for oral, ophthalmic, or intravaginal use.

-Do not use more than 45 g of cream or 45 mL of lotion per week.

-Do not use occlusive dressings.

-Shake lotion well before each use.

-Use with caution on thinning skin.

Monitoring:

-Endocrine: Monitor for hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis suppression.

Patient advice:

-Contact your healthcare provider if signs of local adverse reactions occur.

What is the dose of Betamethasone + Clotrimazole for a child?

Usual Pediatric Dose for Tinea Corporis

17 years or older:

-Cream: Apply a thin film topically to the affected skin area(s) twice a day for 1 week

Comments:

-Not to be used longer than 2 weeks.

-If no clinical improvement is seen after 1 week of therapy, the diagnosis should be reviewed.

17 years or older:

-Lotion: Apply a sufficient amount topically to the affected skin area(s) twice a day

Comments:

-To be applied twice a day in the morning and evening.

-Not to be used longer than 2 weeks.

-If no clinical improvement is seen after 1 week of therapy, the diagnosis should be reviewed.

Usual Pediatric Dose for Tinea Cruris

17 years or older:

-Cream: Apply a thin film topically to the affected skin area(s) twice a day for 1 week

Comments:

-Not to be used longer than 2 weeks.

-If no clinical improvement is seen after 1 week of therapy, the diagnosis should be reviewed.

17 years or older:

-Lotion: Apply a sufficient amount topically to the affected skin area(s) twice a day

Comments:

-To be applied twice a day in the morning and evening.

-Not to be used longer than 2 weeks.

-If no clinical improvement is seen after 1 week of therapy, the diagnosis should be reviewed.

Usual Pediatric Dose for Tinea Pedis

17 years or older:

-Cream: Apply a sufficient amount topically to the affected skin area(s) twice a day for 2 weeks

Comments:

-Not to be used longer than 4 weeks.

-If no clinical improvement is seen after 2 weeks of therapy, the diagnosis should be reviewed.

17 years or older:

-Lotion: Apply a sufficient amount topically to the affected skin area(s) twice a day

Comments:

-To be applied twice a day in the morning and evening.

-Not to be used longer than 4 weeks.

-If no clinical improvement is seen after 2 weeks of therapy, the diagnosis should be reviewed.

Precautions

Safety and efficacy have not been established in patients younger than 17 years.

How is Betamethasone + Clotrimazole available?

Betamethasone + Clotrimazole is available in the following dosage forms and strengths:

  • Topical lotion,
  • Topical cream.

What should I do in case of an emergency or overdose?

In case of an emergency or an overdose, call your local emergency services or go to your nearest emergency room.

What should I do if I miss a dose?

If you miss a dose of Betamethasone + Clotrimazole, take it as soon as possible. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and take your regular dose as scheduled. Do not take a double dose.

Hello Health Group does not provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.

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