What brand names are available for betamethasone dipropionate?

Diprolene, Diprolene AF, Luxiq

Is betamethasone dipropionate available as a generic drug?


Do I need a prescription for betamethasone dipropionate?


What are the uses for betamethasone dipropionate?

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.

What are the side effects of betamethasone dipropionate?

The most common side effects of betamethasone are:

  • burning at the area of application,
  • itching,
  • irritation, and
  • dryness.

What is the dosage for betamethasone dipropionate?

  • A thin strip of betamethasone cream or ointment is applied gently to the affected area once or twice daily.
  • A few drops of the lotion is applied to the affected area once or twice daily.
  • The lotion should be massaged gently until it disappears.

Large doses and prolonged use of betamethasone may cause large amounts to be absorbed into the body and suppress production of cortisol by the adrenal glands. Therefore, the lotion should not be used for longer than two weeks, and not more than 50 ml should be used per week. The augmented cream or ointment should be limited to 45 grams per week. Betamethasone should not be used with occlusive dressings because occlusive dressings increase absorption into the body.

Which drugs or supplements interact with betamethasone dipropionate?

Combining topical steroids with topical anthralin may increase psoriasis symptoms. Therefore, topical steroids should be discontinued 1 week before starting anthralins.


Psoriasis causes the top layer of skin cells to become inflamed and grow too quickly and flake off. See Answer

Is betamethasone dipropionate safe to take if I'm pregnant or breastfeeding?

Use of betamethasone in pregnant women has not been studied. When corticosteroids are given systemically (orally, intramuscularly or intravenously) to pregnant animals fetal abnormalities occur.

It is not known if betamethasone is secreted in breast milk. Corticosteroids absorbed into the body may appear in breast milk and may cause harmful effects in breast fed infants.

What else should I know about betamethasone dipropionate?

What preparations of betamethasone dipropionate are available?

Cream, ointment, lotion: 0.05%

How should I keep betamethasone dipropionate stored?

All preparations should be kept at temperatures from 15 C to 30 C (59 F to 86 F). Lotion should be shaken before each use.


Betamethasone dipropionate (Diprolene; Diprolene AF; [Diprosone and Alphatrex have been discontinued]) is a corticosteroid topical medication prescribed for relief of inflammation and itching associated with a variety of skin conditions for example:

Side effects, drug interactions, dosing information, and patient safety information should be reviewed prior to taking any medication.

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