Betamethasone- Indications, Dosage, Contraindications, ADRs

Category of Drug Betamethasone- Dermatological Drugs-Anti-Inflammatory and
Antipruritic Drug
Mechanism of Action 
Indications Betamethasone- Dermatological Drugs-Anti-Inflammatory and
Antipruritic Drug is used for
1. Severe inflammatory skin conditions
2. Seborrhoeic dermatitis
3. Lichen planus
4. Psoriasis of the scalp, hands and feet
5. Intractable pruritus
6. Addison’s disease
7. Simmond’s disease
8. Bursitis
Well Known
Pharmaceutical Brands
Available dosage forms1. TABLETS
Contraindications1. Untreated skin infections or broken skin
2. Rosacea
3. Acne
4. Perioral dermatitis
5. Systemic infections unless specific anti-infective therapy is employed 
Precautions1. Children
2. Adrenal suppression if used on a large area of the body or for a long time
3. Particularly with an occlusive dressing or on broken skin
4. Avoid use on the face for more than 7 days
5. Secondary infection requires treatment with an appropriate antimicrobial 
Adverse Effects1. Exacerbation of local infection
2. Local atrophic changes particularly on the face and in skinfolds
3. Characterized by thinning
of the dermis
4. Depigmentation
5. Dilatation of superficial blood vessels and formation
of striae
6. Perioral dermatitis 
Pregnancy Category

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