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Betnovate to treat inflamed skin conditions
Betnovate cream and ointment is a prescription-only corticosteroid treatment used to treat symptoms experienced by those with eczema, psoriasis and other skin irritations. A short course of 7 - 10 days is usually enough to clear flare-ups of red, inflamed, and irritated skin.
You can buy Betnovate cream & ointment online from The Independent Pharmacy without the need for a prescription. Simply complete our short online consultation for our medical team to review and they can issue your treatment for delivery as quickly as the next working day.
Betnovate - Important Information
Betnovate cream uses
Betnovate is used to treat inflammatory skin disorders, such as eczema. Its active ingredient is betamethasone valerate, a potent corticosteroid - 1g of Betnovate contains 1mg of the active ingredient betamethasone valerate. Betnovate should only be used when weaker topical corticosteroids have been ineffective.
Betnovate is easy to apply and is absorbed quickly into the affected area. It is used to control outbreaks of skin redness and inflammation rather than as a long-term preventative measure. Betnovate is available in 30g and 100g sizes in cream and ointment. Betnovate is manufactured by GlaxoSmithKline.
Corticosteroids, such as betamethasone valerate, are anti-inflammatory medicines. The skin becomes inflamed when the body releases inflammatory chemicals in response to an allergen or irritation. These chemicals make blood vessels widen, causing the skin to swell and become itchy and painful. Corticosteroids inhibit the body’s inflammatory response by preventing cells from releasing large amounts of these substances.
Betnovate is also available as a generic betamethasone cream. This has identical medicinal properties but may have a lower price due to being unbranded. As well as cream or ointment, Betnovate also comes in lotion, gel and drops.
Betnovate cream ingredients
Betnovate cream contains the following ingredients: betamethasone 0.1% (as valerate), cetomacrogol 1000, chlorocresol, cetostearyl alcohol, white soft paraffin, liquid paraffin, sodium acid phosphate, phosphoric acid, sodium hydroxide and purified water.
Betnovate side effects
Using Betnovate does not always result in side effects. The most common side effect is a burning or itching sensation on the skin. If this happens, you should stop using it and consult with your doctor or pharmacist.
Other side effects can include your skin becoming thinner – usually after prolonged use – and subtle changes to skin pigmentation.
Betnovate isn’t recommended for use in sensitive areas, such as on the face, under the eyes, or on the ears. Read our guide to treating eczema on your face, if you are suffering from this.
Over the counter alternatives for eczema
The following treatments for eczema can be bought over the counter without a prescription:
- Moisturisers and emollients
- Bath and shower gels
- Cotton gloves (to keep from scratching)
- Antihistamine tablets (to ease the itching)
Betnovate for acne and insect bites
Betnovate is a steroid cream. Therefore, it shouldn’t be used for spots or acne scars. In some cases, it may even make your acne worse.
As Betnovate is designed to heal inflammatory skin conditions such as eczema and dermatitis, it can also be used for inflammation caused by insect bites.
Betnovate cream should be applied thinly and evenly to the skin as directed. It shouldn’t be applied to broken or infected areas of skin, nor should it be used on the face unless instructed by your pharmacist.
Betnovate vs Dermovate
Betnovate is a steroid, whereas Dermovate is a skin medication. They are both prescribed for itching, eczema, psoriasis and rashes – Dermovate may also be prescribed for hair loss. Dermovate’s main ingredient is Clobetasol Propionate. Dermovate is the more potent of the two. Both should not be used in combination with alcohol.
Betnovate Cream Patient Information Leaflet: https://www.medicines.org.uk/emc/product/929/pil
Betnovate Ointment Patient Information Leaflet: https://www.medicines.org.uk/emc/product/931/pil
Betnovate Cream & Ointment warnings
Reading the following warnings carefully will help to ensure you are selecting an appropriate product.
This medicine is unsuitable for you if you are allergic to any of Betnovate's ingredients.
Betnovate cream can cause the following conditions to worsen:
- Perioral dermatitis (a rash around the mouth)
- Viral infections (e.g. cold sores, herpes, chicken pox)
- Bacterial infections
- Fungal infections (e.g. thrush, athlete’s foot)
- Rosacea (a flushing of the skin around the nose).
Do not use this medicine for inflamed skin around the genitals or anus unless specifically advised to do so.
Consult your GP if you:
- Have a history of allergic reactions to steroid medicines
- Are applying Betnovate under an airtight dressing
- Have a large area of affected skin
- Are using Betnovate on the face, especially near the eyes
- Are applying Betnovate to broken skin or skin folds
- Have psoriasis
- Are using Betnovate on a chronic leg ulcer
- Are pregnant or may become pregnant.
Please read all packaging and the Patient Information Leaflet before taking any new medicine and inform your doctor of medicines you are taking or intend to take.
How to apply Betnovate Cream & Ointment
Apply this product thinly and carefully to the affected area(s). This should be done one or two times per day. The dose can be decreased once symptoms begin to improve.
If you have been using airtight dressings on the inflamed skin, clean the affected area before using the cream, and apply a new dressing. Remember to wash your hands after each application.
It is advised not to use Betnovate for more than 10 days. Talk to your GP if you do not notice improved symptoms after 7 days of regular treatment. This medicine should not be used on any facial skin.
You may be using other topical medicines alongside Betnovate cream. If this is the case, you are advised to wait at least 30 minutes between applications. This will prevent any medicine from becoming diluted.
Betnovate Cream & Ointment ingredients
The active ingredient contained in Betnovate is betamethasone 0.1% (as valerate).
Betnovate cream also contains the following inactive ingredients to make up the complete product:
Cetomacrogol 1000, chlorocresol, cetostearyl alcohol, white soft paraffin, liquid paraffin, sodium acid phosphate, phosphoric acid, sodium hydroxide, purified water.
Betnovate ointment also contains the following inactive ingredients to make up the complete product:
Liquid paraffin, white soft paraffin
Betnovate Cream & Ointment side effects
Not everyone will experience side effects when they use Betnovate, however, if you do they can include:
An itching or burning sensation on the affected area.
All other reported side effects are considered to be very rare (less than 1 in 10,000 people will experience them). You can read the full list of side effects in the patient information leaflet.
If you are concerned about these effects, or if the product affects you in any other way, stop using it and talk to your doctor or pharmacist.
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Betnovate Cream & Ointment FAQs
Betnovate cream is a prescription-only medicine, therefore it cannot be bought over the counter at a pharmacy without the necessary prescription from a medical professional. It can be bought online from The Independent Pharmacy following an online consultation with one of our medical professionals.
Yes – as long as you are buying from a website that is a legally operating and regulated pharmacy, it is perfectly safe to buy Betnovate 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 remedies 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.
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 Betamethasone to you. It only takes a few minutes, and your treatment can be delivered to your door as soon as the next working day.
The price includes the medication you have selected, the private consultation with our doctor or pharmacist and, if the purchase is over £40, it also includes free standard delivery. Under £40, standard delivery is £2.95 and all items are sent using a Royal Mail Tracked Service.
There are many advantages to buying eczema remedies 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 Betnovate and other eczema treatments, in easy to digest formats, at a time that suits you.
Betnovate scalp application is a topical corticosteroid. It’s mostly used for seborrhoeic dermatitis or psoriasis affecting the scalp. One of the side effects can be excessive hair growth, or hypertrichosis. It’s important not to smoke or use hair dryers after using it, as Betnovate scalp application is highly flammable.
This medication is for short-term use only. You shouldn’t need to use it for more than 2-3 weeks. If the symptoms are still present after this time, consult your doctor or pharmacist.
This treatment can not be bought over the counter following a consultation with a pharmacist. To make things easier, you can order direct from the Independent Pharmacy following an online consultation and receive your order swiftly and discreetly.
Betnovate scalp application is not intended as a treatment for dandruff. If you suffer from dandruff or dry scalp, try one of these more appropriate dandruff treatments. Betnovate is a strong steroid-based treatment that is primarily for the relief of redness and itching in sufferers of acute eczema and dermatitis.
A corticosteroid is a type of steroid hormone that produces an anti-inflammatory effect, not to be confused with anabolic steroids used by athletes and bodybuilders. They are used to treat a range of conditions (including hives, eczema, painful joints, asthma and MS) and come in a range of forms, from tablets and liquids to creams, gels and even injections. Most steroid medications are only available on prescription.
Side effects of steroid medications can sometimes increased appetite, mood changes and difficulty sleeping (mostly with the tablet forms) so they are usually given restricted usage or in low doses.
It is not recommended to use Betnovate cream to treat acne. The active ingredients in this medication could potentially make skin conditions like this worse. Though Betnovate contains anti-bacterial properties, only use for skin irritations that have been cleared by a doctor or medical professional. Spots could be made worse with the use of this medication, so if you’re suffering from acne on your body, then this cream is not recommended. If you are looking for acne treatments, a full range and medicines advice can be found here.
Betnovate and Dermovate are both topical steroids used for a number of different skin conditions. The main difference between the two is potency. Dermovate is five times more potent than Betnovate and so special care must be taken when using this medication.
Betnovate should not be used directly on the skin of the face or the ears, as it’s a topical steroid. Only use on your face if you have been specifically directed to by your GP or a medical professional. If you have been advised to use this treatment on your face, then it’s important to avoid contact with the eyes.
This medication is not designed to treat symptoms of alopecia, however, some people with this condition have found that Betnovate was helpful in helping hair to grow back. This is not scientifically proven, however, Betnovate can be used to treat skin conditions affecting the scalp.
It is not recommended to use this medication while pregnant or breastfeeding. Betnovate lotion is potent and is absorbed through the skin into your body. This can be harmful to the development of the baby and so is only recommended to those who have been told to use it by a medical professional.
Because this treatment is very potent, it is not recommended for young children or babies. There are other types of medication that will be suitable to treat eczema for this age group, so it’s suggested that you speak to a medical professional if you are concerned or seeking treatment for these symptoms in young children or babies.
No, it is not recommended to use this medication on burns, scrapes or broken skin. If this treatment does come into contact with broken skin or burns, then wash with clean water immediately.
If you have experienced severe burns, then it’s important to seek medical attention and get a treatment that is specifically suitable for this injury.
Topical steroids, like Betnovate, are a logical treatment option for atopic eczema. Of course, not all steroids are not of the same potency. Betnovate is considerably more potent (stronger) than a regular hydrocortisone cream (and Dermovate is more potent again).
The product is a prescription-only medicine, therefore it cannot be bought over the counter at a pharmacy without the necessary prescription from a medical professional. It can be bought online from The Independent Pharmacy following an online consultation with one of our doctors.