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Betamethasone dipropionate, augmented (On the skin)

Betamethasone Dipropionate, Augmented (bay-ta-METH-a-sone dye-PROE-pee-oh-nate, ahg-MEN-ted)

Relieves pain, swelling, and itching caused by skin diseases. This medicine is a corticosteroid.

Brand Name(s):

Diprolene, Diprolene AF

There may be other brand names for this medicine.

When This Medicine Should Not Be Used:

You should not use this medicine if you have had an allergic reaction to betamethasone dipropionate or to other corticosteroid medicines. You should not use this medicine on a child under 12 years of age without a doctor's approval.

How to Use This Medicine:

Cream, Gel/Jelly, Lotion, Ointment

  • Take your medicine as directed.
  • Use this medicine only on your skin. Rinse it off right away if it gets on a cut or scrape. Do not get the medicine in your eyes, nose, or mouth.
  • Wash your hands with soap and water before and after you use this medicine.
  • Apply a thin layer of the medicine to the affected area. Rub it in gently.
  • Do not cover the treated area with a bandage unless directed by your doctor.
  • This medicine is not for long-term use.

If a dose is missed:

  • Apply a dose as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, wait until then and apply a regular dose. Do not apply extra medicine to make up for a missed dose.

How to Store and Dispose of This Medicine:

  • Store the medicine in a closed container at room temperature, away from heat, moisture, and direct light.
  • Ask your pharmacist or doctor how to dispose of the medicine container and any leftover or expired medicine.
  • Keep all medicine out of the reach of children. Never share your medicine with anyone.

Drugs and Foods to Avoid:

Ask your doctor or pharmacist before using any other medicine, including over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products.

  • Do not put cosmetics or skin care products on the treated skin.
  • Before using this medicine, make sure your doctor knows if you are using other steroid medicines.

Warnings While Using This Medicine:

  • Make sure your doctor knows if you are pregnant or breast feeding.
  • Do not use this medicine to treat a skin problem your doctor has not examined.
  • Your doctor will check your progress and the effects of this medicine at regular visits. Keep all appointments.
  • Your doctor will do lab tests at regular visits to check on the effects of this medicine. Keep all appointments.
  • Call your doctor if your symptoms do not improve or if they get worse.

Possible Side Effects While Using This Medicine:

Call your doctor right away if you notice any of these side effects:

  • Allergic reaction: Itching or hives, swelling in your face or hands, swelling or tingling in your mouth or throat, chest tightness, trouble breathing
  • Gaining weight around your neck, upper back, breast, face, or waist.
  • Headache and problems with vision.
  • Signs of skin infection, such as swelling, redness, warmth, pus, or oozing.

If you notice these less serious side effects, talk with your doctor:

  • Acne or tiny pimples on the skin.
  • Cracking, tightening or discoloration of your skin.
  • Excessive hair growth.
  • Excessive thirst.
  • Increased thirst or appetite.
  • Itching or redness around your lips.
  • Redness, pain, itching, irritation, or dryness of your skin.

If you notice other side effects that you think are caused by this medicine, tell your doctor

Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088


Last Updated: 4/4/2014
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