Betamethasone Cream

Eczema & Psoriasis

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  • Betamethasone Cream

Betamethasone Cream

Eczema & Psoriasis
  • Medication features

    Betamethasone cream and ointment is a topical corticosteroid that is used to reduce inflammation and redness of the skin.

    • Steroid topical treatment for eczema and psoriasis
    • Reduces inflammation
    • Cheaper version of Betnovate


NOTE: After selecting this product, you will need to complete a short assessment, so we can make sure this medication is suitable for you. Pricing is provided as a reference only. The final decision on issuing this medication remains with our Prescriber / Pharmacist.

Betamethasone cream and ointment is a topical corticosteroid that is used to reduce inflammation and redness of the skin. In combination with your regular moisturiser or emollient betamethasone cream can be an effective treatment for skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis and dermatitis. It can be used on most parts of the body and is recommended for short term regular use.


  • How long can I use betamethasone cream?

    A course of treatment for 7-14 days is often sufficient. If your symptoms have not improved after this time (or if they get worse), speak again with your doctor for further advice.

  • Does betamethasone stop itching?

    Betamethasone reduces the swelling, itching, and redness that can occur in psoriasis and eczema.

  • Do steroid creams thin skin permanently?

    In normal regular use, skin thinning is unlikely and, if it does occur, it often reverses when the topical steroid is stopped. 

Side Effects

There is always a risk of side effects with all medications. Some of these can be quite mild and can subside over time. Others are more serious and should be reported to your GP right away if you experience any side effects. Please contact a member of our team if you are concerned about any potential side effects that may occur when using betamethasone.

Common side effects include:

  • Thinning of the skin
  • Burning, itching, or irritation at the site of application
  • Increased hair growth
  • Changes in skin colour

Stop using betamethasone and seek medical attention if your condition is not improving, or if you develop small, pus-filled blisters under the skin.


Info Leaflet

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Patient Information Leaflet