betamethasone dipropionate, Diprolene; Diprolene AF; (Diprosone, Alphatrex have been discontinued)

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GENERIC NAME: betamethasone dipropionate

BRAND NAME: Diprolene, Diprolene AF, (Diprosone and Alphatrex have been discontinued)

DRUG CLASS AND MECHANISM: Betamethasone is a synthetic (man-made) corticosteroid that is used topically (on the skin). Betamethasone mimics the action of cortisol (hydrocortisone), the naturally-occurring steroid produced in the body by the adrenal glands. Corticosteroids have potent anti-inflammatory actions and also suppress the immune response. Corticosteroids have many effects on the body, but they most often are used for their potent anti-inflammatory effects, particularly in those conditions in which the immune system plays an important role. The FDA approved betamethasone in July 1983.

PRESCRIPTION: Yes

GENERIC AVAILABLE: Yes

PREPARATIONS: Cream, ointment, lotion: 0.05%

STORAGE: All preparations should be kept between 15 and 30 C (59-86 F). Lotion should be shaken before each use.

PRESCRIBED FOR: Betamethasone is used for the relief of itching and inflammation associated with a wide variety of skin conditions in patients 13 years of age or older. Examples include allergic dermatitis, atopic dermatitis, contact dermatitis, and plaque psoriasis.




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