Betnovate Ointment

Betnovate ointment contains a corticosteroid called Betamethasone. Used to help reduce the redness and itchiness of certain skin problems, such as eczema, psoriasis and dermatitis.

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What is Betnovate Ointment?

Betnovate is a prescription medicine that contains betamethasone valerate 0.1%. The difference between the cream and the ointment is that the creams contains higher water to oil ratio and the ointments are the opposite.

The ointment is better suited for dry and scaly skin conditions which require an oil-based preparation as a moisturiser that stays on the skin for longer.

Betamethasone is a corticosteroid that is applied topically to relieve skin inflammation and itching and is used to treat a number of conditions including:

  • Atopic eczema
  • Allergic contact dermatitis
  • Irritant contact dermatitis
  • Psoriasis
  • Seborrheic dermatitis
  • Thick skin rash due to excessive scratching to relieve itching
  • An eruption of hard nodules on the skin with intense itching
  • Discoid lupus erythematosus
  • Erythroderma is characterized by intense and widespread reddening of the skin
  • Severe reactions to insect stings and bites

How does it work?

Betnovate works directly on the skin cells to reduce the release of chemicals that cause inflammation. This results in the reduction of swelling, itching, and redness, which help prevent scratching that can further irritate the skin.

How to use Betnovate Ointment

Betnovate cream is used for weeping and moist surfaces. Betnovate ointment is used for scaly, dry, lichenified lesions.

Betnovate cream & ointment should be applied evenly and thinly to the affected areas of the skin once or twice a day when you start your treatment course. As the active ingredient in Betnovate is a steroid-based medication, if it is applied to the skin in excessive amounts, or over a prolonged period of time, it may cause the layers of the skin to become thin and likely to cause cracking and bleeding. Therefore Betnovate should be used less frequently as soon as the condition begins to improve, or as directed by your doctor.

Do not apply Betnovate Cream & Ointment to infected or broken areas of the skin, unless you are also treating the infection. Don’t apply Betnovate to the facial skin unless your doctor instructs you. Do not apply Betnovate around the eyes or eyelids.

Side effects & precautions

Side effects are generally not too common with steroid creams unless it is applied too liberally or used over a long period of time over a large area of skin.

The most common side effect is a feeling of pain, itching, irritation, or burning in the affected area.

If your skin worsens or changes (e.g lighter or darker, hair loss) when using Betnovate, stop using it immediately and speak to your doctor. See section 4 of the patient information leaflet for further information on serious side effects.

How do I buy Betnovate Ointment?

You can buy Betnovate online from Access Doctor by completing a quick online health evaluation form, and one of our prescribers will approve the order once they are happy that the treatment is right for your medical condition.

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