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Betacap 0.1% Solution

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Betacap 0.1% Solution (100ml)

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Description for Betacap 0.1% Solution

Betacap Scalp Solution is a topical steroid treatment for dry, itchy, irritated skin on the scalp that normally occurs as a result of psoriasis, eczema or dermatitis. It is normally applied to the affected areas twice daily to quickly ease inflammation and soothe your symptoms.

You can order Betacap online without the need for a prescription from The Independent Pharmacy. Simply complete a short online consultation for review by one of our medical team. Once approved, your treatment can be dispatched to you as quickly as the next working day.

Betacap Information

  • Age: 18 years +

    Maximum per order: 3

  • Pregnancy: Not suitable

    Breastfeeding: Not suitable

What is Betacap?

Betacap Scalp Application is a strong, fast-acting topical steroid solution which is used to treat inflammatory scalp disorders. 

The solution is a clear colourless liquid that contains the active ingredient, betamethasone valerate 0.1%. Betamethasone valerate is a topical corticosteroid — a potent steroid which is used to treat inflammation.


How does Betacap work?

When the skin becomes irritated, the immune system releases various chemicals which cause the surrounding blood vessels to widen. This results in the affected area becoming red, itchy, swollen and painful. These symptoms are commonly seen in conditions such as eczema and dermatitis.

Betacap contains the active ingredient betamethasone valerate, which is a topical corticosteroid (steroid). Corticosteroids like betamethasone are used to reduce inflammation. 

Corticosteroids come in a range of potencies with Betamethasone Valerate 0.1% being classed as a potent corticosteroid. Betamethasone is generally prescribed to treat inflammatory skin disorders, including; eczema and psoriasis. Usually, betamethasone will only be considered if weaker corticosteroids have proven ineffective.

When the Betacap scalp solution is applied to the affected area, it is absorbed into the skin, where it begins to work inside the cells — inhibiting the release of the chemicals that cause inflammation. This reduces swelling, itching and redness — the common symptoms of eczema, psoriasis and other skin conditions.

To find out how effective actual users find this treatment read our Betacap Scalp Application reviews here.


Betacap uses

Betacap Scalp Application is generally prescribed to treat inflammatory skin disorders that affect the scalp, including:

Betacap is very effective at treating outbreaks of eczema, dermatitis, or psoriasis affecting the scalp — helping to quickly and efficiently soothe redness, dryness and irritation.

Betacap contains betamethasone valerate, which is classified as a potent steroid. This means that, generally speaking, Betacap will only be prescribed once weaker corticosteroids or treatments have been tried and have proven ineffective.

You may have heard that Betacap can help to treat hair loss and improve hair growth. This medication is not intended to treat symptoms of hair loss — however, a possible side effect of Betacap scalp solution can be excessive hair growth, and some users have noticed the benefits of Betacap for hair growth.

This is not a scientifically proven or recommended hair loss treatment — you can visit our hair loss treatments page for appropriate medical treatments for male pattern baldness.


Does Betacap help hair grow?

Betacap scalp solution is generally prescribed to treat inflammatory skin disorders on the scalp, such as seborrhoeic dermatitis or psoriasis. You can find out more in our Betacap uses section. 

This medication is not designed to treat symptoms of hair loss or alopecia, or help with hair growth. 

However, one of the possible side effects of Betacap can be excessive hair growth (hypertrichosis), and some users have found that Betacap was helpful in helping hair to grow back. 

This is not scientifically proven, and there have been no clinical studies into the use of Betacap for hair loss.


Can Betacap be bought over the counter?

Betacap cannot be bought over the counter. Betacap 0.1% Solution is a prescription-only medicine, which means it cannot be sold over the counter. 

This is because it contains the active ingredient betamethasone valerate, which is a topical corticosteroid (a steroid). This is a potent, fast-acting corticosteroid, so it should only be used by people who have been prescribed it. 

If you want to use Betacap to treat inflammatory scalp disorders, you will need a medical consultation with your GP or a pharmacist. You can buy Betacap here at The Independent Pharmacy once you have completed an online consultation. Once you do, our team of prescribers will be able to approve your order for next-day delivery.


Betacap alternatives

Some people may not want to use Betacap — or be able to use it — for a number of reasons. This could be down to allergic reactions or personal preference. 

If you are looking for a Betacap alternative to treat an inflammatory scalp condition such as scalp psoriasis, there are a few over-the-counter and prescription-only treatments available such as:

  • Betnovate Scalp Lotion (which uses the same active ingredient, betamethasone, as Betacap)
  • Elocon Scalp Lotion (which contains the active ingredient mometasone)
  • Nizoral shampoo
  • Alphosyl 2in1 Shampoo
  • Neutrogena T-Gel
  • Selsun Shampoo

You can find some of the above medicines and more on our dermatitis & eczema treatments page. You can also read more about the available treatments and advice for the medical conditions on this page. 

If you’re unsure about a treatment, you can ask our medical team for impartial information and advice before you buy.

*Prescription medicines are supplied subject to a medical consultation at the discretion of a doctor.

How to use Betacap

Betacap scalp solution is easy to use. For more in-depth instructions on how to apply Betacap, you can read the Patient Information Leaflet enclosed with the medicine.

Here is a quick overview of how to use Betacap:

  • Ensure your hair and scalp are dry before applying Betacap
  • Wash and dry hands
  • Betacap scalp solution should be applied sparingly to the affected areas of the scalp, using the nozzle of the bottle
  • The solution should then be massaged into the scalp using clean, dry fingers
  • Betacap should then be left to dry
  • Take extra care to avoid the solution running onto your face and into your eyes (if this occurs, rinse thoroughly using cool water)
  • Leave Betacap on the scalp and do not wash off (if you need to wash your hair, this should be done prior to application)
  • Wash your hands afterwards

Apply Betacap twice daily. As soon as the condition starts to improve, you should reduce the frequency of application, or as directed by your doctor.

Do not store this medicine in temperatures in excess of 25 degrees celsius. Protect from direct sunlight and store in the original container. For external use only.

If you do not see a noticeable improvement in your symptoms after two weeks, consult your doctor or pharmacist. They may suggest a repeat course of this treatment.

Betacap side effects

As with all medicines, there is a chance that you may experience Betacap side effects should you choose to start using this product. 

This doesn’t mean that everyone who uses Betacap to treat scalp psoriasis will experience adverse side effects. Most people who use Betacap scalp solution will have an overwhelmingly positive experience with this treatment, and won’t encounter any side effects at all. 

You can read more about what real users think about Betacap on our Betacap reviews page, where we’ve collated real customer reviews using Trustpilot.

The most common Betacap side effects are:

  • Skin irritation (in rare cases)
  • Pustular psoriasis (pus-filled blisters)
  • Skin thinning
  • Adrenal suppression (this is normally only caused by long-term use of large quantities)

If you are worried about any of the Betacap side effects we’ve listed above, or those that are not mentioned, speak to your pharmacist or doctor. They will be able to provide you with guidance on how to proceed and suggest alternative treatments if appropriate.

In a medical emergency — such as an allergic reaction, or any painful or severe side effects while using Betacap — seek medical advice immediately. You should either contact emergency services or go straight to your local A&E for medical attention.

Betacap ingredients

Betacap Scalp Application contains the active ingredient; Betamethasone Valerate 0.1% w/w.

Betacap also contains several inactive ingredients that make up the complete product:

  • Macrogol 7
  • Glycerol cocoate (coconut oil)
  • Isopropyl alcohol
  • Carbomer
  • Sodium hydroxide
  • Purified water

Betacap Scalp warnings

Please read the following warnings carefully to ensure you are selecting a suitable product.

Do not use Betacap Scalp Application if:

  • You are allergic to any of its active or inactive ingredients
  • You are trying to treat skin/scalp problems other than the one it was prescribed for
  • Your scalp has become infected
  • You suffer from nut allergies- Betacap contains coconut oil.

Take extra care when using Betacap:

  • Keep the solution away from your eyes and mouth
  • Do not use near flames or ignition sources
  • Ensure your doctor regularly checks your progress to avoid possible complications
  • Avoid excessive use (weeks or months on end)

Betacap Scalp Application is not known to interact with other medicines.

If the solution gets into your eye(s) it can potentially cause damage. If contact occurs, rinse immediately with plenty of cool water. If rinsing one eye, take care to avoid splashing the solution into the other eye. If after rinsing irritation persists, contact your doctor or pharmacist straight away.

Betacap Scalp Application is for external use only. If accidently swallowed, please follow the emergency action below:

If drowsy or unconscious, administer nothing orally. If they are conscious, encourage them to drink 1-2 cups of water or milk. However, do not carry on if they are vomiting. In all cases, the patient should be taken to a doctor or hospital immediately. Be sure to take the leaflet and container of the Betacap with you.

Carefully read all product packaging and the patient information leaflet provided. Always inform your doctor about medicines you are taking or intend to take.

Delivery & Shipping Information

Please note that due to the current situation with COVID-19, Royal Mail are experiencing some delays. This may mean that your order takes longer to arrive than you would normally expect. We are working hard to ensure that, where possible, all orders placed before 15:00 are still dispatched the same working day.


UK Orders

We offer FREE standard tracked delivery on orders over £40.

The following delivery options are available:

  • Standard Tracked Delivery - 2 - 3 day delivery - £2.95
  • Express Tracked Delivery - 1 - 2 day delivery - £4.45
  • DPD Next Day - 1 - 2 working days - £6.95
  • Special Delivery (Guaranteed before 21:00) - £8.95
  • Saturday Guaranteed before 21:00 - £10.45

Important Delivery Information

All our orders are sent out using Royal Mail (unless stated). We always aim to dispatch all Royal Mail & DPD orders received before 15:00 the same working day. Any orders received after 15:00 or over the weekend will be dispatched the next working day. Orders will not be dispatched on weekends or bank holidays.

All orders are subject to approval by our team of doctors and pharmacists. Your delivery date in the checkout is subject to your consultation being approved by our healthcare team.

All orders can be fully tracked from your dispatch email, in your online account and from any notifications from your courier.

We ensure all parcels are in plain packaging for discreet delivery of your medicines and pharmacy goods. Where possible, we will attempt to size all parcels to fit through your letterbox in tamper-proof packaging. By placing an order on our website, you confirm that it is safe and appropriate for a package containing medicines to be posted through your letterbox, if the carrier is able to do so. You should notify our customer support team if it is not safe for the package to be posted through the letterbox, for example due to animals or small children.

Deliveries containing pharmacy-only or prescription medicines may require a signature on receipt. 

Delivery is free for all NHS prescriptions.


Royal Mail


  • Fully tracked delivery
  • SMS & email notifications
  • Four-hour delivery window
  • Change delivery date directly with Royal Mail
  • Update delivery location - add a Safeplace, preferred neighbour, or update your delivery location to a local Post Office or Royal Mail Customer Service Point.

Royal Mail are the most widely recognised mail delivery company in the UK. Being on the UK’s 29 million doorsteps six days a week means they offer unparalleled price and convenience. The Independent Pharmacy uses Royal Mail’s Tracked 48, Tracked 24, and Special Delivery Guaranteed parcel services to offer reliable, fully-tracked delivery at very competitive prices. Your Royal Mail parcel will arrive with your normal daily delivery of post.

Please note: Royal Mail do not deliver on Sundays or Bank Holidays - this should be taken into account when ordering. 

If you are not home to accept your delivery, a card should be left by the Royal Mail representative. This card will provide details of where you can collect the order or how to arrange re-delivery.

Should you be unable to collect your missed delivery or arrange for your medication to be redelivered by Royal Mail, the pharmacy can resend your medication to the same, or a different address provided it has been returned to us and this happens within a 30 day window.

Once a package has been shipped with Royal Mail we advise that you are bound to the terms and conditions of their use together with the terms and conditions contained herein.

You have the right to cancel your order up to the point when your treatment is dispatched. The pharmacist must destroy any medication within 30 days of it being returned, even un-opened boxes, so we are not able to offer refunds once your treatment has been dispatched.




  • Fully tracked delivery
  • SMS & email notifications
  • One-hour delivery window
  • Change delivery date directly with DPD
  • Update delivery location - add a Safeplace, preferred neighbour, or update your delivery location to a local collection point.

DPD Local is the most innovative parcel carrier around. Thanks to their industry-leading Predict service, they provide parcel recipients with a one hour delivery window, notified by email, so you don't have to wait in all day. What's more, it enables receivers to watch the progress of their delivery on a real-time map, all the way down to a final 15 minute time-slot. 

As well as keeping customers informed at every stage of the journey, DPD believe in maximising choice and convenience. That's why DPD provide access to a suite of options both on the day of delivery and the night before, allowing customers to take delivery of their goods in a way that suits. If you wish to reschedule, you can:

  • Select an alternative delivery date
  • Opt for delivery to a nominated neighbour
  • Have the parcel left in a specified safe place
  • Collect the parcel from your local DPD Pickup Shop
  • Upgrade delivery to By 12

Please note: DPD do not deliver on Saturdays, Sundays or Bank Holidays - this should be taken into account when ordering. 

Once a package has been shipped with DPD we advise that you are bound to the terms and conditions of their use together with the terms and conditions contained herein.

You have the right to cancel your order up to the point when your treatment is dispatched. The pharmacist must destroy any medication within 30 days of it being returned, even un-opened boxes, so we are not able to offer refunds once your treatment has been dispatched.


Forwarding houses

We are unable to ship orders to mailing or forwarding houses for onwards shipping to locations outside of the UK.


BFPO Postcodes

Unfortunately we are unable to deliver medicines to BFPO postcodes.


Remote Areas

Please be aware that Royal Mail Guaranteed services are not available to all customers in the UK, especially those that live in remote postcodes. Royal Mail advise customers of the following:

We deliver by 17:30 the next working day in the following postcode areas:
AB30 - 39, 41 - 45, 51 - 56
GY9 Alderney (Channel Islands)
HS1, 3 - 9
IV21 - 28, 40 - 49, 51 - 56
KA27, 28
KW1 - 3, 5 - 15
KW16 Stromness Town only
PA20 (0&9)
PA28 - 38, 41 - 49, 76, 77
PH15, 17 - 26, 31 - 40, 49, 50


We deliver within two working days by 17:30 to the following postcodes areas:
GY1 Herm (Channel Islands)
GY9 Sark (Channel Islands)
PA60 - 75, 78
ZE2, 3


We deliver within three working days by 17:30 to the following postcode areas:
KW16 - non-Town
PH30, 41 - 44


Please note: This applies to our 'Special Delivery' and 'Saturday Guaranteed' services.


International Orders

We are currently unable to ship orders outside of the UK.

We are unable to ship orders to mailing or forwarding houses for onwards shipping to locations outside of the UK.

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • How long can I use Betacap Scalp Application?

    If corticosteroids are used long-term, or on large areas of raw broken skin, greater amounts of the medicine may be absorbed into the body. This will increase the risk of experiencing local side effects. For this reason, continuous, long-term use of Betacap should be avoided wherever possible.  

  • What other important information do I need to know?

    Betacap Scalp Application contains flammable alcohol. It should not be used near lit objects or any naked flames, such as gas and electric fires, hairdryers, or lit cigarettes.

  • How do I buy Betacap online?

    It’s simple!

    Just select ‘Start Consultation’ next to the product above, or on the links below.

    You will need to fill in a simple health questionnaire so that our GPs and Pharmacists can ensure it is safe for us to supply your Betacap to you. It only takes a few minutes, and your treatment can be delivered to your door as soon as the next working day.

  • Is it safe to buy Betacap online?

    Yes – as long as you are buying from a website that is a legally operating and regulated pharmacy, it is perfectly safe to buy Betacap online.

    The Independent Pharmacy is an NHS Online Pharmacy based in Bristol and has all the necessary regulation to be able to safely provide convenient access to genuine prescription treatments through our Online Pharmacy and Online Doctor.

    All of our eczema treatments are supplied by the same UK-based wholesalers used by the large high-street chains.

  • What are the advantages of buying Betacap online?

    There are many advantages to buying eczema treatments online, some include:

    • It's quick and easy- there is no need to spend time at the doctor or pharmacy.
    • Fast delivery- We offer same day dispatch before 4pm and fast delivery to your address of choice with Royal Mail.
    • Great prices- we are able to offer very competitive prices and we guarantee to beat any other Online Doctor service.
    • A wealth of information - we provide all the information you could need on Betacap and other eczema treatments, in easy to digest formats, at a time that suits you.

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Dr Donald Grant

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Published on: 15-09-2016

Last modified on: 07-01-2021

Dr Don Grant is a GP with over 30 years experience and is the Clinical Advisor at The Independent Pharmacy

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Andy Boysan


Reviewed on: 07-01-2021

Next review date: 07-01-2023

Andy is a co-founder, the superintendent pharmacist and director at The Independent Pharmacy.

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