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This medicine is used to treat Psoriasis (skin disease characterized by red, itchy and scaly patches), Lichen simplex (dry patchy skin), planus eczema (inflammatory disorders causing purplish flat skin bumps), otitis externa (ear inflammation), prurigo (intensely itchy spots), seborrheic dermatitis (skin condition mainly affecting the scalp), contact dermatitis (red, itchy rash due to allergy), steroid-responsive dermatoses of the scalp (skin lesion or defect of the scalp), and severe dandruff.


The patients receiving monotherapy for primary bacterial infections such as impetigo (skin infection), paronychia (fingernail or toenail skin inflammation), erysipelas (bacterial skin infection), cellulitis (skin infection causing red, painful patches), angular cheilitis (inflammation of mouth corners or area around mouth) and erythrasma (skin infection affecting underarms, groin and skin between toes), treatment for rosacea (enlarged facial blood vessels), and with perioral dermatitis (red rash around mouth) or acne, untreated fungal or viral infections or parasitic infestations, burns, acne or rosacea, perioral dermatitis, widespread plaque psoriasis (red, itchy skin), perianal or genital pruritus (severe skin itching) and pruritus without inflammation should avoid use of this medicine.

Side effects

The patients administered with this medicine may experience irritation at application site, redness and dryness, pruritus (severe skin itching), numbness of fingers, skin cracking/tightening, secondary infection (infection occurring other than the primary infection), skin atrophy (skin degeneration), malaria, telangiectasia (small, widened blood vessels), cushingoid changes (changes due to excess of cortisol related medicine/agent), adrenal suppression, and allergies.

Expert Advice

  • Apply as advised by your doctor.
  • For external use only.
  • Before application, wash and dry the area.
  • Apply a thin layer of medication on the affected area.
  • Contact your doctor if there is worsening of condition or no improvement.
  • Avoid contact with eyes and open wounds
  • Avoid using occlusive dressings.
  • Do not use it for long periods of time around genitalia, rectal areas and sensitive tissues.
  • Exposure to the affected area to direct sunlight must be avoided.


What is betamethasone valerate cream used to treat?

Betamethasone topical is used to relieve redness, itching, swelling, or other conditions.

How long can you use betamethasone valerate for?

A course of treatment for 7-14 days is sufficient.

How do you use betamethasone valerate?

Apply a thin layer to the affected area.

What are the side effects of betamethasone valerate cream?

Stinging, burning, itching, irritation, dryness, or redness of the skin may occur on first use. If these effects persist consult your doctor.

Is betamethasone valerate stronger than hydrocortisone?

Yes it is more potent than hydrocortisone.

Medicines containing betamethasone-valerate-topical

Betaderm N Cream 15gm

By Atco

Pack size: 15gm


Betaderm Ointment 15gm

By Atco

Pack size: 15gm



Betnovate Lotion 60ml

By GlaxoSmithKline

Pack size: 60ml


Betaderm Lotion 0.05%

By Atco

Pack size: 60ml


Betnovate Ointment 20 gm

By GlaxoSmithKline

Pack size: 20gm


Betamet 0.001

By Martin Dow

Pack size: 60ml