What is Betamethasone topical?

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Betamethasone topical is a corticosteroid that is available as a lotion, cream, ointment, spray and gel. It is used for inflammatory conditions of the skin including seborrheic or atopic dermatitis, neurodermatitis, and psoriasis.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Psoriasis 1096 18
Cutaneous T-cell lymphoma 39 0
Dermatomyositis 27 1
Lichen planus 20 1
Eczema 11 6
Lichen planopilaris 8 1

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  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations Percentage
Severe 4
Moderate 2
Mild 5
None 43

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Betamethasone topical

Side effect Patients Percentage
Burning pain 2
Bipolar depressive episodes 1
Burning sensation in skin 1
Candida (fungal) infection 1
Eczema herpeticum 1
Excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence) 1

Show all 11 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Betamethasone topical

Dosage Patients Percentage
0.05 g daily 1
0.1 % daily 1
0.1 g daily 1
dipropionate0.05% as needed 1

Why patients stopped taking Betamethasone topical

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients Percentage
Did not seem to work 21
Course of treatment ended 9
Doctor's advice 7
Side effects too severe 7
Other 4
Change in health plan coverage 1
Expense 1
Personal research 1
See all 38 patients who've stopped taking Betamethasone topical

Duration

Currently taking Betamethasone topical

Duration Patients Percentage
1 - 2 years 1
5 - 10 years 1
10 years or more 2

Stopped taking Betamethasone topical

Duration Patients Percentage
Less than 1 month 4
1 - 6 months 17
6 months - 1 year 5
1 - 2 years 4
2 - 5 years 3
5 - 10 years 3
10 years or more 1
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations Percentage
Always 24
Usually 19
Sometimes 9
Never taken as prescribed 2
Burden
Burden Evaluations Percentage
Very hard to take 5
Somewhat hard to take 12
A little hard to take 20
Not at all hard to take 17
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations Percentage
$200+ 0
$100-199 1
$50-99 2
$25-49 1
< $25 30
Not specified 20

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Betamethasone topical after stopping:

Treatment Patients Percentage
Hydrocortisone topical (Cortizone-10) 3
Clobetasol topical (Clobex) 2
Betamethasone-calcipotriene topical (Dovobet) 1
Ketoconazole topical (Ketoconazole Shampoo) 1
Methotrexate (Apo-Methotrexate) 1

Show all 7 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Betamethasone topical and switched to:

Treatment Patients Percentage
Betamethasone-calcipotriene topical (Dovobet) 2
Clobetasol topical (Clobex) 1
Cyclosporine (Neoral) 1
Gabapentin (Neurontin) 1
Hydrocortisone (Cortef) 1

Show all 8 treatments patients report switching to

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3 patient evaluations for Betamethasone topical

Apr 22, 2017 (Started Jun 04, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for eczema)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Sometimes
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 1 app Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

Dec 26, 2011 (Started Jun 04, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for eczema)
  • Side effects
    Mild (itching)
  • Adherence
    Sometimes
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 2 app Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

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Apr 26, 2014 (Started Feb 10, 2011)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for psoriasis)
  • Side effects
    Mild (redness)
  • Adherence
    Sometimes
  • Burden
    Very hard to take
Dosage: 0.05 g Daily
Advice & Tips: I think it is to greasy and I just don't like the way it doesn't absorb into my skin but stays wet. Also I have been on this exact same ointment for 3 years and think you should change treatments every 6 months so you don't become used to one or another.
Cost: < $25 monthly

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Aug 16, 2013 (Started Aug 12, 2013)

  • Effectiveness
    None (for herpes outbreak)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for skin eruptions)
  • Side effects
    Severe (eczema herpeticum)
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 2 app Daily
Advice & Tips: I used this cream for the widespread folliculitis on my face and it was coincidental with a massive eruption of impetigo due to undiagnosed eczema herpeticum. I stopped using it immediately and a day later was given antibiotics, and 48 hours later was given anti-virals due to the severity of the symptoms. I can't comment on the cause vs. effect of using this cream but would not use steroid cream again now I know I have HSV.
Cost: $50-99 monthly

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