Contains the active ingredient : Betamethasone Valerate, which is a type of medicine called a topical corticosteroid.
Corticosteroids (also known as steroids) are medicines used for reducing inflammation. Skin inflammation may occur as a result of an allergic reaction, or irritation of the skin. It is caused by the immune system releasing substances that make blood vessels in the skin widen. This makes the irritated area become red, swollen, itchy and painful, as is seen in dermatitis or eczema.
When betamethasone is applied to the skin it acts inside cells to decrease the release of these inflammatory substances. This reduces swelling, redness and itching.
There is a range of potencies of corticosteroids available for application to the skin. Betnovate cream, ointment and lotion contain betamethasone valerate 0.1% and are classed as potent corticosteroids. They are prescribed to treat various inflammatory skin disorders that have not responded to milder steroids.
Betnovate cream is more suitable for moist, weeping areas of skin, while the thicker, more greasy ointment is more suitable for dry, scaly areas of skin. Betnovate lotion spreads easily and is more suitable for hairy areas of skin, or when minimal application to a large area of skin is needed.
What is it used for?
It is used to treat a variety of inflammatory, allergic or itchy skin disorders such as those below. It's prescribed when milder corticosteroids haven't been effective.
Eczema of various types.
Skin inflammation due to allergies or irritants (allergic contact dermatitis or irritant contact dermatitis).
Inflammatory skin condition with greasy, red and scaly areas (seborrhoeic dermatitis).
Thickened skin rash caused by excessive scratching to relieve itching (neurodermatitis, eg lichen simplex).
An eruption of hard nodules in the skin accompanied by intense itching (prurigo nodularis).
Skin disorder causing a flat, itchy, violet rash, usually on the wrists, shins, lower back and genitals (lichen planus).
Inflammatory skin disease known as discoid lupus erythematosus (DLE).
Intense and widespread reddening of the skin (generalised erythroderma) in combination with oral or injected corticosteroids.
Reactions to insect bites and stings.
Manufactured by GlaxoSmithKline, UK