Medicine Overview of Betapen Tablet
Side Effects of Betapen are Skin thinning, Increased risk of infection, Reduction in bone density, Weight gain, Mood changes, Stomach upset, Behavioural changes.
Take this medicine in the dose and duration as advised by your doctor. Swallow it as a whole. Do not chew, crush or break it. Betapen 0.5 mg Tablet is to be taken with food.
Avoid Betapen 0.5 mg Tablet with dietary sodium.
Betapen 0.5 mg Tablet is a steroid which works by blocking the production of certain chemical messengers in the body that cause inflammation (redness and swelling) and allergies.
In Depth Information on Betapen Tablet
Take with food to avoid an upset stomach.
- Dose is decreased or tapered over time.
Most side effects occur with high doses and on long-term use.
Your risk of getting an infection may become higher. Tell your doctor immediately if you have a fever, flu-like symptoms, cough, painful urination, or a wound that does not heal.
Betapen Tablet related warnings
Interaction with alcohol is unknown. Please consult your doctor.
WEIGH RISKS VS BENEFITS
Betapen 0.5 mg Tablet may be unsafe to use during pregnancy.
Animal studies have shown adverse effects on the foetus, however, there are limited human studies. The benefits from use in pregnant women may be acceptable despite the risk. Please consult your doctor.
Betapen 0.5 mg Tablet is probably safe to use during lactation.
Limited human data suggests that the drug does not represent a significant risk to the baby.
Betapen 0.5 mg Tablet does not usually affect your ability to drive.
Betapen 0.5 mg Tablet is probably safe to use in patients with kidney disease. Limited data available suggests that dose adjustment of Betapen 0.5 mg Tablet may not be needed in these patients. Please consult your doctor.
Regular monitoring of kidney function test may be advised while you are taking this medicine.
There is limited information available on the use of Betapen 0.5 mg Tablet in patients with liver disease. Please consult your doctor.
If you miss a dose of Betapen 0.5 mg Tablet, take it as soon as possible. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular schedule. Do not double the dose.
Frequently asked questions about Betapen Tablet
Q. Is Betapen an antibiotic?
Betapen is not an antibiotic. It's a glucocorticoid.
Q. Is Betapen safe to use?
Betapen is safe to use when used for an indication in a dose as advised by your doctor.
Q. Does Betapen cause hair loss?
Betapen is not known to cause hair loss. Rather, it may cause an increase in body hair growth (especially in females) on long-term use. Talk to your doctor if you get excessive hair growth on your body while taking Betapen.
Q. Does Betapen work in retention edema?
Betapen is not used in retention edema. Glucocorticoids can cause fluid and salt retention as a side effect thereby causing edema or aggravating edema. However, Betapen does not normally cause retention of salt and water and the risk of inducing edema and hypertension is almost negligible.
Q. Is Betapen stronger than hydrocortisone?
Betapen and hydrocortisone belong to the same class of medications (i.e. corticosteroids) and produce almost similar pharmacological responses. The effect may vary based on the conditions and individual response. Always follow doctor’s advice regarding its use.
Q. Can I take Betapen with ibuprofen?
An increase in the risk of gastrointestinal bleeding may occur if non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS) like ibuprofen are taken with corticosteroids. Talk to your doctor before taking Betapen with any NSAID.
Yes, Betapen does expire. All the medicines come with an expiry date mentioned on the pack. You must check the expiry date before using any medicine.
Q. Does Betapen cause insomnia?
Betapen can cause insomnia (inability to sleep). Most people find that using this medicine for a short time causes no problems. Talk to your doctor if you experience insomnia while taking Betapen.
Q. Does Betapen cause weight gain?
Betapen can cause weight gain especially when high doses taken for a long time or repeated short courses are taken. Please consult your doctor if you experience weight gain after taking Betapen.
Betapen is a glucocorticoid and belongs to a group of medicines called steroids also known as corticosteroids. These are synthesized naturally in the body and help to maintain health and well-being. Two main classes of corticosteroids, glucocorticoids, and mineralocorticoids are involved in a wide range of physiologic processes, including stress response, immune response, and regulation of inflammation, carbohydrate metabolism, protein catabolism, blood electrolyte levels, and behavior.
Q. Is Betapen a hydrocortisone?
Betapen is not a hydrocortisone. These are two different drugs which belong to the same group of medicines called steroids (also known as corticosteroids).
Q. Is Betapen over the counter?
Betapen is not an over the counter (OTC) medicine. It is available only when prescribed by a doctor.
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