Betnovate is a trade name of the active ingredient Betamethasone. It is an active synthetic corticosteroid (analog of the hormone of adrenal cortex) of the local action, giving a fast effect in cases of the inflammatory dermatosis (skin diseases).
This drug provides an anti-inflammatory local, anti-allergic, antiedematous and antiproliferative action. It has the stronger vasoconstrictive action than other glucocorticosteroids. It provides the stronger the narrowing of the blood vessels and reduces the blood circulation, and this stimulates less the development of the allergic reactions.
Betnovate cream is a rather safe drug by means of the local use. It is rather poor absorbed through the skin, so that it does not cause systemic effects.
Affecting the skin there is a prevention of the acentric accumulation of neutrophils, and it leads to the reduction of exudation, production of cytokines, inhibition of mugration of macrophages, leading to the reduction of the allergic and inflammatory processes.
This drug may be used in combination with other steroidal peroral drugs for the additional efficiency. However, using Betnovate Cream in complex with other medicines it is necessary to study their interaction.
The side effects are expressed by the local skin reactions: burning, skin itching, steroidal acne, dry skin, folliculitis, and increased sweating.
Applying Betnovate Cream to big parts of the skin within a long period of the time the systemic side effects may appear. The gastrointestinal organs suffer most of all in these cases. Therefore, during the prolonged use of the drug it is necessary to be supervised by the doctor.
In case of the appearance of the side effects of the gastrointestinal tract or allergic reaction it is needed to terminate the use of the cream and consult a doctor. Maybe, you need to reduce the rate of the drug use, or temporarily terminate the treatment.
International name - Betamethasone
Betnovate cream (Betamethasone) 20gm tubes
Betnovate-C Cream 30g tubes (+ Clioquinol)
Betnovate-GM 20g tubes (+ Gentamycin + Miconazole)