GENERIC NAME: BETAMETHASONE-SALICYLIC ACID OINTMENT - TOPICAL (bay-tuh-METH-uh-sown w/sal-ih-SILL-ick acid)
USES: This medication is used to treat certain skin conditions. This product contains a corticosteroid called betamethasone (for swelling, redness and itch) and a drug to help remove rough patches of skin.
HOW TO USE: Apply a thin layer to the affected area and rub it gently into the skin. Generally this medicine is used twice daily. Follow all instructions carefully and do not use this product more often than prescribed; an increase in side effects could occur. You should notice skin improvement within one week. Do not bandage, wrap or cover the area treated unless you are instructed to do so by your doctor.
SIDE EFFECTS: Burning, itching, irritation, dryness, thinning and other skin problems might occur. If these persist or worsen, notify your doctor promptly. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.
PRECAUTIONS: Before using this drug, tell your doctor your medical history, including: allergies (especially drug allergies), infections, other skin conditions. Though very unlikely, it is possible this medication will be absorbed into your bloodstream. This may have undesirable consequences that may require additional corticosteroid treatment. This is especially true for children and for those who have used this for an extended period of time and if they also have serious medical problems such as serious infections, injuries or surgeries. This precaution applies for up to one year after stopping use of this drug. Tell your doctor immediately if any of the following side effects occur: vision problems, persistent headache, increased thirst or urination, unusual weakness or weight loss, dizziness. Consult your doctor or pharmacist for more details, and inform them that you use (or have used) this medication. This medication should be used only when clearly needed during pregnancy. Discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor. It is not known if this drug is excreted into breast milk. Breast-feeding while using this product is not recommended. Consult your doctor before breast-feeding. Prolonged (months) use of a corticosteroid can interfere with growth in children.
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