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Betnovate Scalp Application

Betnovate Scalp Application

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Betnovate Scalp Application can be purchased online from The Independent Pharmacy to treat eczema and dermatitis of the scalp. It is used twice daily on dry, irritated or inflamed areas to calm redness, itching and irritation. Betnovate Scalp Application is used alongside scalp moisturisers and emmolients to help keep ezcema of the scalp under control.

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.


Instruction for using 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 this liquid 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 contains the active ingredient betamethasone valerate 0.122%.

It also contains Carbomer, Isopropyl Alcohol, Sodium Hydroxide and Purified Water.

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).

  • on children.

  • 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. 


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All our orders are sent out using Royal Mail. Tracking is available on all orders. We always aim to dispatch all orders within 24 hours of them being received, if we are unable to meet this high standard for whatever reason we will always contact you to advise you of the delay.

We offer free UK standard delivery on orders over £40.

The following delivery options are available:

  • Standard Delivery - 2/3 day delivery - £2.95
  • Express Delivery - 1/2 day delivery - £4.45
  • Special Delivery (Guaranteed before 1pm) - £8.95
  • Saturday Guaranteed before 1pm - £10.45

The cut-off for same day dispatch of orders is 4pm. Orders processed after this time will be dispatched the following working day. Orders are dispatched Monday - Friday. Orders will not be processed on weekends or bank holidays.

We ensure all deliveries are in plain packaging for discreet delivery of your medicines and pharmacy goods.

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

Delivery is free for all NHS prescriptions.

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


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

Betnovate Scalp Application FAQs


What is Betnovate Scalp Application?

How does Betnovate Scalp Application work?

How do I know Betnovate Scalp Application is the right treatment for me?

How do I use Betnovate Scalp Application?

How effective is Betnovate Scalp Application at treating eczema?

What’s the difference between Betnovate Scalp Application and other eczema treatments?

Is it safe to use Betnovate Scalp Application continuously?

What are the side effects of Betnovate Scalp Application?

Can I use Betnovate Scalp Application and drink alcohol?

Is there anyone that should not use Betnovate Scalp Application?

Does Betnovate Scalp Application interact with other medication?

Can I use Betnovate Scalp Application during pregnancy?

Is it safe to buy Betnovate Scalp Application online?

How do I buy Betnovate Scalp Application online?



What is Betnovate Scalp Application?

Betnovate Scalp Application is a corticosteroid treatment used to relieve the symptoms of eczema, psoriasis and severe dandruff on the scalp. Betamethasone, the active ingredient, helps to reduce inflammation and redness associated with these conditions. Betnovate is also available as an ointment and cream for use on eczema that affects areas other than the scalp.


How does Betnovate Scalp Application work?

During an eczema flare up, skin cells produce an immune response, which causes the dilation of the blood vessels in the surrounding area. This causes redness, swelling, itching and sometimes may be painful to touch. Corticosteroids, like Betnovate, work by stopping the immune response and reversing the unwanted symptoms of irritation and inflammation.


How do I know Betnovate Scalp Application is the right treatment for me?

Not all steroids are the same and it is important to use the weakest steroid that prodcues the desired result and then reduce the frequency as the condition improves. This will stop unwanted side effects and ensure their use remains effective.

Betnovate Scalp Application is a stronger steroid and it is commonly used when other less-potent steroids, such as hydrocortisone, have had little or no effect.

Betnovate Scalp Application is a thicker liquid that is easier to apply to the hairline than regular steroid ointments or creams.


How do I use Betnovate Scalp Application?

Apply a thin layer of Betnovate Scalp liquid twice a day to affected areas. This is usually morning and night and the frequency is reduced as the condition improves. You should not use Betnovate Scalp for more than 7 - 10 days without a break.

You can apply Betnovate Scalp Application directly from the nozzle and although you don’t need to, you can rub it in to the scalp if this is easier. The area will feel cool until the application has had a chance to dry.

If you are washing your hair, ensure it is dry before applying Betnovate Scalp liquid.The liquid is flammable - DO NOT use a hair dryer with Betnovate Scalp and keep away from sources of ignition, during application and immediately after use.

Do not apply an airtight bandage over the top of the application. This will increase the amount of steroid that passes through the skin and is absorbed in to the body increasing the chances of side effects.


How effective is Betnovate Scalp Application at treating eczema?

Betnovate is very effective at treating eczema. It should be used sparingly and for controlling flare-ups of the condition rather than regularly to prevent them. Once the area has calmed down the area should be continually treated with moisturisers to ensure they remain hydrated and the skin remains healthy. This will prevent any reoccurring flare-ups from happening.


What’s the difference between Betnovate Scalp Application and other eczema treatments?

 Eczema treatments are available in different forms including ointments, creams, lotions, and scalp applications.

  • Ointments are thicker and tend to be more 'greasy' to apply compared to other forms. However this means that their effect tends to last the longest.
  • Creams are easier to apply and are absorbed more quickly compared to ointments but they tend to not to last as long.
  • Lotions and scalp applications are ideal for larger areas or for hairy skin making them perfect for treating the scalp.


Here is a list of examples of topical steroids; the potency (strength) decreases as you go down the list:

  • Clobetasol (Dermovate)
  • Betamethasone (Betnovate)
  • Hydrocortisone Butyrate (much stronger than normal hydrocortisone)
  • Mometasone (Elocon brand)
  • Fluticasone
  • Clobetasone (Eumovate - available over the counter)
  • Hydrocortisone (available in many over the counter-brands like HC45) 



Is it safe to use Betnovate Scalp Application continuously?

Betnovate Scalp Application and other steroids need to be used sparingly and generally only for short periods of time to control flare-ups and exacerbations of eczema. This helps to ensure that they remain effective and do not produce any unwanted side effects.

Betnovate Scalp can sometimes be used continuously for longer periods but only under the supervision of your Doctor.


What are the side effects of Betnovate Scalp Application?

If Betnovate Scalp Application is applied to the skin for short periods of time, the absorption into the body is low and it is well tolerated. If it is used for a long time or in large amounts then it is more likely to produce side effects.

The incidence of side effects with Betnovate Scalp is limited to redness, irritation and a burning sensation at the site of application only. This affects less than 10% of patients.


Can I use Betnovate Scalp Application and drink alcohol?

There is no interaction with Betnovate Scalp application and alcohol; you can drink whilst using this treatment.


Is there anyone that should not use Betnovate Scalp Application?

BEtnovate Scalp Application is not suitable for use in:

  • People who have an allergy to betamethasone or any of the other inactive ingredients in Betnovate Scalp Application.
  • Patients who wish to buy it online under the age of 18.
  • Patients suffering viral infections like chicken pox or shingles.
  • Application to skin infected with a fungal infection.


Betnovate Scalp must be used with caution in certain circumstances. It is important to tell us during the consultation process if any of the following apply to you:

  • You have had an allergic reaction to a different steroid in the past.
  • It is intend for use on broken or infected skin.
  • You are applying it under a dressing.
  • You are applying it over a large surface area.


Does Betnovate Scalp Application interact with other medication?

If Betnovate Scalp Application is applied in small amounts and not covered with a bandage, the level of absorption in the body will be small and interactions will be limited. It is still important to tell us if you are taking any other medication so we can ensure it is safe for you.

Betnovate and other steroids are broken down and eliminated in the liver. There are certain medicines that block this process and can cause a build up of drug in the body. The extent of it depends upon the quantity and how often Betnovate is used and also how the strongly the elimination is blocked by the interacting medicine.

Examples of medicines that many interact are ritonavir and itraconzole.


Can I use Betnovate Scalp Application during pregnancy?

If you are planning to become pregnant, are pregnant or breast feeding, then you should see you Doctor face-to-face before using this medication. They will assess the risks versus the benefits of the treatment to ensure it is right for you and your child. Generally the use of steroids during pregnancy is not advised.


Is it safe to buy Betnovate Scalp Application online?

It is right to be vigilant when buying online medicines. You can rest assured the medicines you buy from us are genuine and safe.

To be confident you are buying from a reliable and reputable source look out for links from the MHRA, GPhC & CQC, these ensure that the service you are using is properly registered and monitored by the relevant UK bodies. All of our credentials are located at the bottom of every webpage for you to check.

As a UK pharmacy, you can be sure there is an audit trail of the medicines you buy, from manufacture through to dispatch.

Our Doctors & Pharmacists are registered and trained in the UK and have years of experience in general practice and community healthcare.


How do I buy Betnovate Scalp Application online?

Betnovate Scalp Application is a prescription-strength steroid application to treat eczema & psoriasis of the scalp. It can be purchased online buy filling in a short online health questionnaire to allow our medical team to check it is safe and appropriate for use. 

A Doctor will review your answers and issue a prescription, which we dispense in the pharmacy and dispatch the same day. 

We will contact you if the Doctor has any questions about your order. If the Doctor declines your request, we will issue a 100% refund.


The Independent Pharmacy is an online pharmacy and online doctor service is owned and operated by ABSM Healthcare Ltd (Company Reg. 08515600) and Red Label Medical Ltd (Company Reg. 08676338). All information that appears on this website is intended for information purposes only and should be used to supplement, not replace, your relationship with your local healthcare professionals. You should consult your doctor if you think you may have a health problem or before you start taking a new medicine. Please ensure you always read the information leaflets supplied with any medicinal products.For more information see our policies and terms and conditions at the bottom of every page. © 2014 ABSM Healthcare Ltd. All rights reserved.
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