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    Information about Betamethasone

    Betamethasone uses

    Betamethasone is used in the treatment of allergy symptoms, severe allergic reactions, asthma, cancer, rheumatic disorder, skin disorders and nephrotic syndrome.

    How betamethasone works

    Betamethasone belongs to a group of medicines called corticosteroids which have anti-inflammatory and immune system suppressing activity. It prevents late phase allergic reactions by decreasing the chemicals responsible for the allergy.

    Common side effects of betamethasone

    Electrolyte imbalance, Redistribution/accumulation of body fat, Bone degradation, Increased risk of infection, Muscle disorders, Increased blood pressure, Altered bone growth, Skin scar, Behavioural changes, Cataract, Increased glucose level in blood

    Available Medicine for Betamethasone

    • ₹9 to ₹35
      Glaxo SmithKline Pharmaceuticals Ltd
      3 variant(s)
    • ₹9
      Glaxo SmithKline Pharmaceuticals Ltd
      1 variant(s)
    • ₹4 to ₹18
      Wockhardt Ltd
      3 variant(s)
    • ₹4
      BestoChem Formulations India Ltd
      1 variant(s)
    • ₹3 to ₹6
      Comed Chemicals Ltd
      2 variant(s)
    • ₹4 to ₹9
      Ind Swift Laboratories Ltd
      3 variant(s)
    • ₹4
      BestoChem Formulations India Ltd
      1 variant(s)
    • ₹3
      Unimarck Healthcare Ltd
      1 variant(s)
    • ₹4 to ₹7
      Unison Pharmaceuticals Pvt Ltd
      2 variant(s)
    • ₹3 to ₹5
      Medo Pharma
      4 variant(s)

    Expert advice for Betamethasone

    • 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.

    Frequently asked questions for Betamethasone


    Q. Is Betamethasone a steroid?

    Betamethasone 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 Betamethasone safe to use?

    Betamethasone is safe to use when used for an indication in a dose as advised by your doctor.

    Q. Does Betamethasone cause hair loss?

    Betamethasone 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 Betamethasone.

    Q. Is Betamethasone an antibiotic?

    Betamethasone is not an antibiotic. It's a glucocorticoid.

    Q. Does Betamethasone work in retention edema?

    Betamethasone is not used in retention edema. Glucocorticoids can cause fluid and salt retention as a side effect thereby causing edema or aggravating edema. However, Betamethasone does not normally cause retention of salt and water and the risk of inducing edema and hypertension is almost negligible.

    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.

    Q. Can I take Betamethasone 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 Betamethasone with any NSAID.

    Q. Does Betamethasone expire?

    Yes, Betamethasone 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 Betamethasone cause insomnia?

    Betamethasone 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 Betamethasone.

    Q. Does Betamethasone cause weight gain?

    Betamethasone 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 Betamethasone.

    Q. Is Betamethasone a hydrocortisone?

    Betamethasone 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 Betamethasone over the counter?

    Betamethasone is not an over the counter (OTC) medicine. It is available only when prescribed by a doctor.

    Content on this page was last updated on 18 April, 2018, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)