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Indications

This Scalp preparation is used to treat inflammatory, dry and scaly skin disorders, such as Eczema, Psoriasis.

Pharmacology

Betamethasone Dipropionate is a glucocorticoid which have primarily anti-inflammatory and immunosuppressive effects and Salicylic Acid which has keratolytic properties and is applied topically in the treatment of hyperkeratotic. Keratolytic action helps to facilitate the penetration of the corticosteroids easily and Betamethasone Dipropionate is an effective treatment of dermatoses because of their anti-inflammatory, antipruritic and vasoconstrictive actions.

Dosage & Administration

Scalp Ointment-
  • Adults: Once twice daily. In most cases, the ointment should be applied to the affected area twice daily for two weeks and is reviewed at that time. The maximum weekly dose should not exceed 60 gm.
  • Children: Dosage in children should be limited to 5 days.
Scalp Lotion-
  • Apply few drops of this scalp lotion to the affected area and massage gently and thoroughly onto the scalp or skin. The usual frequency of application is twice daily, in the morning and at night.

Interaction

If other drugs or over-the-counter products use at the same time, this may increase the side effects or cause drug not to work properly. This Scalp preparation may interact with the following products such as Acetaminophen, Atropine, Carbonic anhydrase inhibitors, Chlorpropamide, Glucocorticoids.

Contraindications

Contraindicated to the hypersensitivity to any of the ingredients of this Scalp preparation. Also contraindicated to use in tuberculosis and most viral lesions of the skin, particularly herpes simplex, vacinia, varicella. This Scalp preparation should not be used in fungal or bacterial skin infections.

Side Effects

Side effects that have been reported with the application of topical corticosteroids include burning, itching, irritation, dryness, hypopigmentation, perioral dermatitis and allergic contact dermatitis.

Pregnancy & Lactation

It should be used during pregnancy only if the potential benefit justifies the potential risk to the fetus and should not be used for prolonged periods of time in pregnant patients. It is not known this drug is secreted in human milk.

Precautions & Warnings

These drugs should not be used in or near the eyes. This Scalp preparation should not be used in various skin infections (Bacterial, Viral or Fungal). If irritation and sensitization develop with the use of this Scalp preparation, treatment should be discontinued. Application of Salicylic Acid to open wounds or damaged skin should be avoided. Long-term continuous therapy should be avoided in all patients irrespective of age.

Therapeutic Class

Topical anti-inflammatory preparations

Storage Conditions

Store in a cool & dry place, protected from light and keep out of the reach of children.