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Dr. Stewart Tepper
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Betamethasone (Overview)

Betamethasone is a steroid that is given in 2 injections 24 hours apart when there is a strong possibility of preterm delivery. It is given between 24 and 34 weeks. It helps mature the lungs of the baby to decrease the risks of prematurity.


Dr. Stewart Tepper
241 doctors shared insights

Betamethasone (Overview)

Betamethasone is a steroid that is given in 2 injections 24 hours apart when there is a strong possibility of preterm delivery. It is given between 24 and 34 weeks. It helps mature the lungs of the baby to decrease the risks of prematurity.


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I was just prescribed betamethasone for my baby's lungs. Is it ok?

I am assuming...: ...That you mean that you are getting Betamethasone shots to help mature your baby's lungs before the baby is born. If that is the case, yes, that is the way it is done. ...Read more

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I have psoriasis on my penis and was told not to use betamethasone, which clears it up quickly. Why not, since it works?

I have psoriasis on my penis and was told not to use betamethasone, which clears it up quickly. Why not, since it works?

Risk of atrophy: Steroids are classified by there potency. For example Betamethasone dipropionate is high and Betamethasone valerate is mid. Potency is also altered by whether the steroid is an ointment or a cream. Short periods of treatment are okay but extended use of potent steroids increases risk of irreversible skin atrophy (thinning). Therefore very important to follow advice of a dermatologist. ...Read more

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How effective is betamethasone creams for phimosis?

How effective is betamethasone creams for phimosis?

Betamethasone: Betamethasone cream has be used very effectively for treatment of phimosis in children and adults. It is safe, easy to apply and cost effective. In most published protocols, it is used twice daily for up to 4 weeks. Used as instructed, it will cure or significantly improve the problem in over 70% of patients. ...Read more

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I got welts on one side of 4 fingers from contact dermatitis(?). I started washing my hands more often. Is this the cause? Or contact with bacteria? Do moisturizers or betamethasone work? If so, why?

I got welts on one side of 4 fingers from contact dermatitis(?). I started washing my hands more often. Is this the cause? Or contact with bacteria? Do moisturizers or betamethasone work? If so, why?

Makes it worse: Likely have contact dermatitis. It may come from hands coming in contact with irritants. It could be a chemical or soap or detergent. Frequently washing your hands will add dryness to the inflammation. Wearing gloves when coming in contact with irritant, moisturizing lotion and topical steroids will help. ...Read more

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Is it safe to use betamethasone 0.05% ointment on my 3 month old baby's body for eczema? Is it safe on the face? Any side effects?

Is it safe to use betamethasone 0.05% ointment on my 3 month old baby's body for eczema? Is it safe on the face? Any side effects?

No…betamethasone is: High potency steroid & could damage baby's skin as well as interfere with growth if used too much. Hydrocortisone is lower potency; use 0.5 or 1.0% (otc) & the smallest amount that puts a thin film on affected area. Face is very sensitive area; so "less is more" applies. If 0.5% insufficient (after 5-7 days' use) may try 1%. Still no response, consult pediatrician. ...Read more

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Can I used an expired betnovate (betamethasone valerate) cream?

You can, but: You probably should not. It likely is less effective, with fewer active ingredients, and some of them may be more toxic than the original active pharmaceutical ingredient. ...Read more

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How to use betamethasone for phimosis and does it have any side effects?

Usually: It is usually applied twice a day to the affected area. It can thin the skin if used for too long period. Usually longer than one week. ...Read more

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