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Betnovate is used to treat inflammatory skin disorders, such as eczema. Its active ingredient is betamethasone valerate, a potent corticosteroid - 1g of Betnovate contains 1mg of the active ingredient betamethasone valerate. Betnovate should only be used when weaker topical corticosteroids have been ineffective.

Betnovate is easy to apply and is absorbed quickly into the affected area. It is used to control outbreaks of skin redness and inflammation rather than as a long-term preventative measure. Betnovate is available in 30g and 100g sizes in cream and ointment. Betnovate is manufactured by GlaxoSmithKline.

Betnovate benefits 

Corticosteroids, such as betamethasone valerate, are anti-inflammatory medicines. The skin becomes inflamed when the body releases inflammatory chemicals in response to an allergen or irritation. These chemicals make blood vessels widen, causing the skin to swell and become itchy and painful. Corticosteroids inhibit the body’s inflammatory response by preventing cells from releasing large amounts of these substances.

Betnovate is also available as a generic betamethasone cream. This has identical medicinal properties but may have a lower price due to being unbranded. As well as cream or ointment, Betnovate also comes in lotion, gel and drops.

Betnovate cream ingredients

Betnovate cream contains the following ingredients: betamethasone 0.1% (as valerate), cetomacrogol 1000, chlorocresol, cetostearyl alcohol, white soft paraffin, liquid paraffin, sodium acid phosphate, phosphoric acid, sodium hydroxide and purified water.


Betnovate side effects

Using Betnovate does not always result in side effects. The most common side effect is a burning or itching sensation on the skin. If this happens, you should stop using it and consult with your doctor or pharmacist. 

Other side effects can include your skin becoming thinner – usually after prolonged use – and subtle changes to skin pigmentation. 

Before you start using BETNOVATE, wash and dry your hands thoroughly. Gently rub a small amount of cream or ointment on the affected area as directed by your doctor. After applying the ointment or cream, wash and dry your hands thoroughly, unless it is being used for treating your hands.