Betamethasone di-propionate 0.05 % w/w / salicylic acid 3% w/w Ointment
What Betamethasone di-propionate/ salicylic acid is used for:
This product consists of two active ingredients; betamethasone di-propionate and salicylic acid.
Betamethasone di-propionate belongs to a class of medicines known as” topical corticosteroids” that acts by reducing inflammation, itchiness and redness of the skin.
Salicylic acid is a medicine that acts by softening the top layer of scales present on the surface of your skin, allowing betamethasone di-propionate to reach the affected skin area below the scales in order to help with your skin disease recovery.
This product is used for the treatment of adults and children with skin problems involving a layer of scales covering the affected skin.
This product will help in decreasing the itchiness and redness of your skin and removing the layer of scales.
Do not use Betamethasone di-propionate/ salicylic acid:
If you have an allergy to Betamethasone di-propionate, salicylic acid, or any of the ingredients present in this product.
If the package is ripped or has signs of tampering.
If the expiry date mentioned on the medication box has passed.
If you experience an allergic reaction or skin irritation upon use of this ointment.
If you may be suffering from other skin problems (e.g. genital itching, cold sores, shingles, chickenpox, acne, nappy rash, skin inflammation around the mouth, other skin infections or rosacea which is a skin problem that affects the face).
The use of this medicine for other skin disorders may worsen your problem. Ask your doctor or pharmacist if you are not sure.
Warnings and precautions:
Stop the medication right away and talk to your doctor or pharmacist if you develop any allergic or skin reactions to any of the ingredients present in this ointment such as skin itchiness, skin redness, shortness of breath, skin rash, swelling of the face or neck, decreased blood pressure and dizziness.
This medicine is designed for external topical use only. Do not swallow this product.
Avoid contact of the ointment with your lips, eyes, mouth, sensitive areas of the neck and angles of the nose in order to avoid irritation. In case of accidental contact, make sure to rinse the area very well with warm water and then pat dry.
Make sure to tell your doctor if you have psoriasis before using this medicine.
Your doctor may recommend regular follow-ups to assess your psoriasis.
Contact your doctor if you have psoriasis and your skin is getting worse or you are getting raised bumps filled with pus below the skin.
Talk to your doctor immediately if you, or your child develop any vision problems (e.g. blurred vision).
Make sure not to smoke or go near naked flames in order to prevent risk of severe burns. Contact of fabric (e.g. bedding, clothing, dressings) with this ointment burns more easily and is a serious fire hazard.
Washing fabric may decrease product build-up but does not totally remove it.
Side effects that may occur with the use of oral or inhaled corticosteroids may also happen with topical corticosteroids.
These side effects are more likely to happen in infants and children.
Do not cover the applied ointment with bandages or plasters.
Possible side effects:
Possible side effects include allergic reactions, stinging and burning, peeling, itching, blistering, thinning of the skin and red marks, swelling, rash, blurred vision, skin dryness, excessive hair growth, allergic skin reactions, inflammation of the hair follicles, skin darkening, and skin inflammation.
Other medicines and Betamethasone di-propionate/ salicylic acid:
Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking, have recently taken or might take any other medications including topical products.
How to use Betamethasone di-propionate/ salicylic acid:
Apply a thin layer of ointment and gently massage it into the affected area and the surrounding skin areas twice a day (morning and evening).
Recommended dose is the same as adults.
Using an incorrect amount of this medicine or using it for a prolonged period of time may cause changes to your child’s hormones, which may rarely cause rounding of the face or a moon face, delayed development and growth, pressure build up in the brain area which can lead to bulging of the fontanelle (the soft spot in the top of the skull) in infants, constant headache and vision problems (e.g. blurred vision).
In case this ointment is used in children, make sure that it is not used for more than 5 days.
How To Use:
Wash your hands before and after using the ointment.
Make sure to replace the cap on the tube after using the ointment in order to avoid leakage of the medicine.
Make sure to follow the directions mentioned on this leaflet unless recommended differently by your doctor or pharmacist. Ask your pharmacist or doctor if you are not sure.
Make sure to keep the ointment away from your eyes.
Make sure not to apply the ointment below a dressing (e.g. bandage or plaster) or under your child’s nappy in order to prevent excessive absorption of the medicine and subsequent undesirable side effects.
Do not apply a large amount of this ointment on large body areas for a long period of time (e.g. on a daily basis for many weeks or months).
Do not use this ointment on your face for more than 5 days.
Do not use this ointment on skin wounds or on large areas of the skin or in skin folds (e.g. the back of the knee).
How to store Betamethasone di-propionate/ salicylic acid:
Keep out of the reach of children and pets
Store in a dry place below 25°C
Do not use beyond the expiry date mentioned on the ointment
Do not dispose medication in the wastewater or household waste, ask your pharmacist how to dispose medicines you no longer use
Keep medication in its original pack to protect it from moisture and light A valid prescription should be available upon delivery