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Betamethasone Valerate (On the skin)

Treats swelling and itching of the skin. This medicine is a corticosteroid.

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Betamethasone topical is used to help relieve redness, itching, swelling, or other discomfort caused by skin conditions. Betamethasone foam is used for scalp problems. This medicine is a corticosteroid (cortisone-like medicine or steroid). This medicine is available only with your doctor's prescription… Read more
Brand names include
Beta-Val, Betacort Scalp Lotion, Betamethacot, Betnovate, Betnovate-1/2, Celestoderm-V, Celestoderm-V/2, Ectosone Mild-Lotion, Ectosone Regular-Cream, Ectosone Regular-Lotion, Ectosone Scalp Lotion, Luxiq, Metaderm Mild, Metaderm Regular, Novo-Betamet, Qualisone, Valisone
Other forms
By injection, By injection, By mouth, On the skin, On the skin
Drug classes About this
Corticosteroid, Intermediate
Combinations including this drug

What works? Research summarized

Evidence reviews

Betamethasone for Adults with Scalp Psoriasis: A Review of the Clinical and Cost-Effectiveness [Internet]

The purpose of this Rapid Response report was to review the clinical effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of betamethasone foam compared with other formulations of betamethasone and calcipotriol for the treatment of scalp psoriasis.

Psoriasis: Assessment and Management of Psoriasis

Psoriasis is a common, chronic disease, which for many people, is associated with profound functional, psychological and social morbidity and important comorbidities. Effective treatments are available. Some treatments are expensive; all require appropriate monitoring and some may only be accessed in specialist care settings. Evidence indicates that a substantial proportion of people with psoriasis are currently dissatisfied with their treatment.

The effectiveness of two-compound formulation calcipotriol and betamethasone dipropionate gel in the treatment of moderately severe scalp psoriasis: a systematic review of direct and indirect evidence

The review found that the two-compound formulation calcipotriol and betamethasone dipropionate gel may be safer and more effective than other topical therapies for treating moderately severe psoriasis of the scalp. In view of limitations in the review, in particular differences between the included trials and the use of indirect comparisons, the reliability of the authors' conclusions is unclear.

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Summaries for consumers

Topical pimecrolimus for eczema

This review of clinical trials aimed to find out whether topical pimecrolimus is better than topical corticosteroids or tacrolimus for treating eczema in infants, children and adults by assessing the improvement of eczema and adverse events associated with treatments.

Interventions to reduce Staphylococcus aureus in the management of atopic eczema

Atopic eczema (atopic dermatitis or childhood eczema) is a big problem worldwide. The skin of people with atopic eczema often contains high numbers of a bacterium called Staphylococcus aureus (S. aureus).

Drugs for discoid lupus erythematosus

Discoid lupus erythematosus (DLE) is a form of skin inflammation which occurs particularly on sun‐exposed skin and can cause scarring. All forms of cutaneous lupus erythematosus are most common in women of childbearing age, which is important because some treatments, including thalidomide and acitretin, can cause birth defects, and hydroxychloroquine may cause damage to the eye or ear. As the chronic nature and scarring of DLE can have psychological impact, and some treatments may produce serious adverse effects, we felt it was important to combat uncertainty and identify the best and safest treatment. The evidence is current to September 2016.

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