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What is Diprosone Ointment (Betamethasone Diproprionate) prescribed for?
This medication is used as a treatment for a variety of skin conditions, such as eczema, dermatitis, allergies, and rashes. This medical cream works by reducing the swelling, itching, and over all redness that can occur in these types of conditions. This medication is a strong corticosteroid (a very strong steroid). However, the strength depends on its format. Ask your doctor for me details.
Wash and dry your hands before applying this medication. You will also need to clean and dry the affected area on your skin as well. Apply a thing film of the medicinal Ointment onto the affected area and gently rub it into the skin. This action is usually done 1 to 2 times daily.
After you have applied the medication, make sure to wash your hands thoroughly. When applying, avoid getting the medication in your eyes, nose or mouth. If by chance it does
Do not cover or bandage the area unless directed otherwise by your doctor.
Before taking this medication, inform your doctor if you are allergic to Betamethasone Dipropionate; or to other corticosteroids (e.g., hydrocortisone, prednisone); or if you have any other allergies in general.
Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist your medical history, especially of: poor blood circulation, immune system problems
Do not use if there is an infection or sore present in the area to be treated.
Rarely, using corticosteroid medications for a long time or over large areas of skin can make it more difficult for your body to respond to physical stress. Therefore, before having surgery or emergency treatment, or if you get a serious illness/injury, tell your doctor or dentist that you are using this medication or have used this medication within the past few months.
Burning, itching, irritation, or dryness at the application site may occur. If any of these effects persist or worsen, tell your doctor or pharmacist promptly.
Tell your doctor promptly if any of these unlikely but serious side effects occur: stretch marks, skin thinning/discoloration, acne, extreme/unwanted hair growth, "hair bumps" (folliculitis).
Skin infections can become worse when this medication is used. Notify your doctor if redness, swelling, or irritation does not improve.
Rarely, it is possible this medication will be absorbed from the skin into the bloodstream. This can lead to side effects of too much corticosteroid. These side effects are more likely in children, and in people who use this medication for a long time or over large areas of the skin. Tell your doctor right away if any of the following side effects occur: unusual/extreme tiredness, weight loss, headache, swelling ankles/feet, increased thirst/urination, vision problems.
A very serious allergic reaction to this drug is rare. However, seek immediate medical attention if you notice any symptoms of a serious allergic reaction, including: rash, itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat), severe dizziness, trouble breathing.
What happens if I suddenly stop taking this medication?
There may be a relapse in symptoms as well as side effects. You should speak your doctor before stop taking this medication.
What is the best dosage to take?
The diagnosis with your doctor will be able to determine the best dosage for your treatment. Work with your doctor closely for dosage and dosing schedules.
What happens if I miss a dose?
You should take the missed dose as soon you realize you have forgotten. If the forgotten dose is closer to your next scheduled dose, take the next schedule dose to avoid overlapping in dose.
What is the best way to store this medication?
This medication is stored at room temperature, and should be kept away from children and pets. Do not throw away this medication in the wastebasket. If you are uncertain how to dispose of this medication speak with your pharmacist for help in safely disposing of this medication.
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