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food interaction for STEMIN MF

alcohol interaction for STEMIN MF

pregnancy interaction for STEMIN MF

lactation interaction for STEMIN MF

There is no data available. Please consult doctor before consuming the drug.
Interaction with alcohol is unknown. Please consult your doctor.
Stemin mf ointment may be unsafe to use during pregnancy.
Either animal studies have shown adverse effect on fetus and there are no human studies or studies in human and animals are not available. It should be given only if potential benefits justifies risk to the fetus. Please consult your doctor.
Unknown. Human and animal studies are not available. Please consult your doctor.


Betamethasone Topical(0.05%)


Betamethasone topical is used to treat skin problems like eczema (a type of itchy skin rash), atopic dermatitis (inflammation of skin) and psoriasis of the scalp, hands and feet.

How it works

Betamethasone belongs to a class of medications called as corticosteroids. It works by decreasing the formation, release, and activity of different cells and chemicals that cause swelling, redness, and itching, thereby relieving the symptoms associated with skin conditions. 

Common side effects

Acne, Bruise, Burning sensation, Tingling sensation, Dry skin, Inflammation of hair follicles, Rash, Itching, Lightening of skin color
Lactic Acid(5%)


Lactic acid is used externally for the treatment of dry, scaly skin (xerosis), ichthyosis vulgaris (a skin condition that causes dry, dead skin cells to accumulate in patches on the surface of your skin) and temporary relief of itching associated with these conditions.

How it works

Lactic acid belongs to a class of drugs called keratolytics and humectants. It moisturizes and softens skin by dissolving the horny substance (keratin) thereby helping in removal of dead skin cells and aids in hydration of the skin.

Common side effects

Application site tingling, Burning sensation, Skin redness, Irritation
Salicylic Acid(3%)


Salicylic acid is used to treat skin diseases like warts on hands and feet, acne and blemishes the skin. It is also used in other skin conditions such as psoriasis (inflammatory disease of skin causing patches of redness), dandruff, calluses, corns and diseases which cause skin dryness or scaling.

How it works

Salicylic acid belongs to a class of medication called keratolytics. It works on reducing swelling and redness and thus causing pimples to shrink. It also loosens and softens the dry, scaly skin thus causing it to peel off.

Common side effects

Vomiting, Nausea, Application site burning, Confusion, Dizziness, Diarrhoea, Shortness of breath, Fatigue, Headache, Hearing loss, Ringing in ear, Skin irritation


Urea is used topically to treat hyperkeratotic conditions such as dry, rough skin, ichthyosis (rough, thick, and scaly skin), skin cracks and fissures, dermatitis (inflammation of skin), eczema, psoriasis, keratosis (rough, scaly patch on skin) and calluses (hard and thickened area on skin, especially hands or feet).

How it works

Urea, a diamide of carbonic acid, works by dissolving the intercellular matrix (substance found between cells) which results in softening of dry and rough skin.

Common side effects

Skin irritation, Skin redness


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Expert advice for STEMIN MF

Tell your doctor if you have diabetes or any type of skin infection. 
Do not use the cream on your face repetitively for more than 5 days.
Do not use betamethasone topical for more than 2 weeks and inform your doctor if symptoms do not disappear after 2 weeks of use.
Do not use a large amount of cream continuously on large areas of the body as it may affect your hormones.
Exercise caution when using in children as excessive usage of cream may affect their growth and development. 
Avoid direct contact of cream with your eyes. In case of direct contact, wash your eyes with water immediately and seek immediate medical attention.
Do not cover the treated skin area unless indicated by your doctor.
Tell your doctor if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant or are breastfeeding. 

Frequently asked questions for STEMIN MF

Betamethasone Topical

Q. Is betamethasone cream available as over the counter (OTC) product?
Betamethasone cream is not available as OTC product.

Q. Does betamethasone topical lighten skin/ bleach skin?
Betamethasone topical may cause skin pigmentation in few patients. It may lighten or darken the skin color. Do not use betamethasone without doctor’s advice.
Q. Is betamethasone valerate used for acne/ ringworm?
No. Betamethasone valerate can be used in conditions like eczema (a type of itchy skin rash), atopic dermatitis (inflammation of skin) and psoriasis of the scalp, hands and feet.
Q. Does betnesol work in retention edema?
No. Betnesol (i.e. betamethasone) cannot be used in retention edema. On the contrary, it causes the fluid and salt retention thereby adding to the edema problem.
Q. Is betamethasone stronger than hydrocortisone?
Betamethasone 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.

Lactic Acid

Q. Is lactic acid vegan/strong acid/toxic/dairy/dairy free or present in milk?
Lactic acid is nontoxic weak acid. It is present in milk.
Q. Does lactic acid cause fatigue/ muscle soreness/ cramps/ burn fat?
Lactic acid does not cause fatigue, muscle soreness, cramps or burns fat.

Salicylic Acid

Q. Is salicylic acid good for acne/acne scars/ skin/hair/genital warts/ remove dark spots/exfoliate skin?
Salicylic acid is part of an acne cream/ointment/solution/gel/shampoo/medicated plaster. It is used for curing acne and its scars. It is also used for dandruff problems. It is not used for lightening the skin or exfoliating it. It is not used to cure genital warts. 
Q. Does salicylic acid work?
Salicylic acid works best if used for an indication at the dose prescribed by the doctor. 

Q. Does it expire?
Salicylic acid does expire and should not be used beyond the expiry date.
Q. How does salicylic acid work?
Salicylic acid is used as part of an acne cream/ointment/solution/gel/shampoo/medicated plaster. It works on reducing swelling and redness and thus causing pimples to shrink. It also loosens and softens the dry, scaly skin thus causing it to peel off. 


Q. Does urea cause cancer?
No. Urea does not cause cancer.


Content on this page was last updated on 19 November, 2015, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)