Betnovate Scalp Application is a prescription-only medicine containg betamethasone valerate 0.1% and is available to buy online from The Independent Pharmacy. All you need to do is fill in a short health questionnaire and our in-house healthcare team can quickly get your treatment dispatched and offer any appropriate advice.
Betamethasone is a corticosteroid that is applied topically to the area affected by redness, irritation or inflammation. Betmethasone is absorbed through the skin and then helps to block the release of inflammatory chemicals that cause the symptoms of ezcema. Betamethasone is classed as a 'potent' (strong) steroid and is useful in clearing up conditions where weaker treatments have been ineffective.
Betnovate Scalp Application is not intended for every day usage. It should be used to manage acute attacks of ezcema on the scalp where the skin becomes very dry and irritated. You should then use moisturisers or emmolients to keep the skin in good condition day-to-day.
Betnovate Scalp Application is used for eczema, psoriasis or dermatitis affecting the scalp.
It is normally applied to the scalp twice daily, in the morning and at night. As your condition improves, you can reduce this down to once daily. It should not be used more often than twice daily.
For some people it may be easier to have someone apply Betnovate Scalp Application for you. If someone applies your Betnovate for you, they should wear disposable plastic gloves or wash their hands thoroughly after use.
Whilst using Betnovate Scalp Application, you should wash and shampoo your hair before application to ensure it has time to absorb into the skin and is not washed off. As Betnovate Scalp is flammable, do not use a hairdryer whilst using the treatment.
Betnovate Scalp Application should not be used for more than 10 days consecutively. It should not be used for a long period of time without a break.
Instructions for applying Betnovate Scalp Application
Wash your hands.
Unscrew the bottle cap and place the nozzle on the scalp that needs treating.
Gently squeeze the bottle to cover the area with a thin and even layer of liquid.
You can rub Betnovate Scalp Application in, but you don't have to.
Your scalp will feel cool until the liquid has dried.
Wash your hands again.
If you forget to apply Betnovate, apply it as soon as you remember. If it is close to the time that your next application is due, skip the dose and apply at the normal time.
Betnovate Scalp Application does not always cause side effects, however like all medicines they are possible. Side effects are normally associated with Betnovate Scalp being applied incorrectly or being used in higher doses or quantities than recommended.
Possible side effects from Betnovate Scalp Application can include:
(less than 1 in 10 people)
- A feeling of burning, irritation or itching where the liquid is applied.
(affects less than 1 in 10,000 people)
stretch marks may develop
veins under the surface of your skin may become more noticeable
increased hair growth and changes in skin colour
thinning of your skin and it may also damage more easily
weight gain, rounding of the face and high blood pressure. These are more likely to happen in infants and children.
Stop using Betnovate Scalp and seek medical attention if:
you find that your skin condition gets worse or becomes swollen during treatment. You may be allergic to Betnovate, have an infection or need other treatment.
you have psoriasis and you get raised bumps with pus under the skin. This can happen very rarely during or after treatment and is known as pustular psoriasis.
If any of the above side effects become serious, or if you notice any side effects not listed here or in the accompanying patient inforamtion leaflet, please consult your doctor or pharmacist.
You should not use Betnovate Scalp Application:
if you are allergic (hypersensitive) to betamethasone valerate or any of the other ingredients of Betnovate (listed under the ingredients tab).
if you have a skin infection on your scalp (this may appear as an open wound that may be sticky or pussing).
if you have previously had an allergic reaction with another steroid.
if you are applying the liquid under an airtight dressing. These dressings make it easier for the active ingredient to pass through the skin. It is possible to accidentally end up using too much.
if you have psoriasis, your doctor will want to see you more often.
If you are not sure if any of the above apply to you, talk to your doctor or pharmacist, or contact us, before using this medicine.
Pregnancy and breast-feeding
You should not purchase this medicine online if you are pregnant or breastfeeding. Talk to your doctor before using this medicine if you are pregnant, might become pregnant or are breast-feeding.
Betnovate Scalp Application contains the active ingredient betamethasone valerate 0.122%.
It also contains Carbomer, Isopropyl Alcohol, Sodium Hydroxide and Purified Water.