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I am using 0.1% betamethasone for 4 months, I just know that I am pregnant in the first month, does the drug have any adverse effect on the fetus?
Probably OK: It's hard to prove any medicine is 100% safe in pregnancy. If it's not essential you could stop it for 1st trimester. However, little of the topical steroid will reach the fetus and many women have used it, not realizing they were pregnant. There does not seem to be any pattern of adverse effects on the fetus. ...Read more
If an athlete took betamethasone as a doping drug, would one of the unexpected side effects be depletion of vitamin d?
Betamethasone: Is a synthetic adrenal steroid. It would not be a useful doping agent and could potentially have serious side effects particularly on your already compromised back. Don't even think about it. Vitamin d would be the least of your problems. ...Read more
I was ttc and I used lotrisone (clotrimazole and betamethasone) cream groin area 3days before ttc. If pregnant will it hurt baby since its a category c drug? How long is it in body?
Betamethasone dipropionate Augmented 0.05% cream I am taking a drug test for a government job which I cannot test for steroids how long will this last?
Don't worry: The topical steroid cream that you are using is a "catabolic" steroid, legal and not part of a job application drug screen. The drug screen would look for "anabolic" steroids which are what body builders use to get very large muscles. The drug screen will not come back positive for steroid use if you are using "catabolic" steroids. ...Read more
Neither.: There is no "better" or "worse" among topical corticosteroids. (i'm assuming you are talking about topicals, but Dexamethasone is also given orally.) both are mid-strength anti-inflammatory creams. Betamethasone is probably more popular in this country, but I don't know of any particular reason for that. ...Read more
Maybe: That is a pretty potent steroid for inflammation related to insect bites. Hydrocortisone may be more appropriate as it is milder. Having said that, if there are large areas of redness and itchiness and no open or bleeding wounds, betamethasone wouldn't be harmful if used sparingly. Also 25 mg Benadryl (diphenhydramine) may help ease the reaction. ...Read more
Got a Celestone (betamethasone) shot today for resp issues. Are there any normal side effects? Worrisome side effects?
Short term.: Celestone (betamethasone) is a corticosteroid that helps with inflammatory conditions. Given one time short term side affects can occur. Water retention, short change in emotional status from elation to paranoia, blood sugar elevation can happen.Insomnia to excess energy might occur. Again, these are all possibilities, but resolve within hours to a day. The benefits outweigh risks inshort term usage. ...Read more
I've had psoriasis for ~15 years but it's gotten worse. I've applied betamethasone but topical is becoming impractical. Are there other options?
Methotrexate, Enbrel (etanercept): Psoriasis is an autoimmune disease involving the white blood cells attacking the skin as if it was bacteria or a virus.Low dose weekly Methotrexate is very effective in treating psoriasis--the way it works is not completely understood but decades of use show it is a reliable and safe drug (no alchohol! While taking). Enbrel (etanercept) is a newer highly effective drug that neutralizes tnf, inflammatory protein. ...Read more
OK for preterm risks: Betamethasone is usually given in 2 doses 24 hours apart after 24 weeks of gestation to anyone who is at risk for preterm delivery. Common candidates are women with multiples, incompetent cervix, complete previa, or anyone who has a history of preterm delivery for whatever reason. It's well studied, effective, debate still about additional courses & timing. I give a rescue dose if ptl < 32 weeks. ...Read more
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
? diagnosis: Steroids like celestone (betamethasone) can be useful however, it's important that the diagnosis is confirmed as this drug may not be the appropriate treatment. If not resolving go back to doctor who prescribed it or see a specialist (dermatologist). May need biopsy to confirm if not already done. ...Read more
Phimosis Cure: Betamethasone has been used for many years to correct phimosis. Most of the world's data involve young children, so the data are not necessarily applicable to adults. My experience is that a scarred and rubbery foreskin rarely responds to any medication. Betamethasone may be used in other patients - pediatric success is >50%. I offer preputioplasty as an alternative in select patients. ...Read more
I can't afford my prescription of betamethasone 0.05% ointment, and I desperately need it. Is there an otc substitute I can purchase?
Sir im primigravida of 31weeks of gestational age is it necessary to have injection betamethasone i.M. If so how many inj.&when it should be taken.
I developed hives after contrast test. I've had them for four days now with no relief. How long should they last? I had 2cc of celestone (betamethasone) im yesterday.
Few days.: Hives can persist for several days after the trigger, which is annoying. The celestone should help - add a long-acting antihistamine such as allegra, (fexofenadine) which is now available otc. If they still won't go away, talk to your doctor, because something else may be triggering them. ...Read more
To treat fungus.: Both are antifungals and are used to treat athlete's foot and other fungual and superficial infections. ...Read more
Way too many things: This is a sore point among dermatologists. Clotrimazole is an antifungal, Betamethasone is an anti-inflammatory; so the combination cream is used by many docs who are too lazy to figure out whether a rash is an eczema or a ringworm. Unfortunately, it doesn't work very well on either one, for most people. ...Read more
Terrible idea: Betamethasone will interfere with your body's ability to fight the bacteria that cause acne. The pimples may regress as the bacteria overgrow, but they will have won and your disease will get worse. You are asking for a secondary infection, and if you keep doing this, the skin on your face will atrophy. Benzoyl peroxide and your physician are your two best friends. ...Read more