was originally approved by the FDA in 1961 and a foam-style formulation was approved in 1999. This medication, in the steroid family, comes in topical solutions available in foam, ointment, cream, lotion, or aerosol spray. Its main function is to reduce swelling
and decrease the body’s immune response. The immune response is often what causes painful reactions that result in various illnesses or disorders. This medication is available under several different brand names, including Beta-Val, Betalene, Betratrex, Diprolene, Diprosone, Maxivate, Valisone, Luxiq
Foam, and Valnac Topical.
Betaderm is used to treat hormonal or endocrine disorders. Typically with these disorders, the body does not produce enough of its own steroids to maintain health, which can result in immune and allergic disorders and illnesses such as arthritis
, lupus, psoriasis
, ulcerative colitis
, and Crohn’s disease
. The foam form of this medication can be used for chronic itching
and redness, dryness, crusting and scaling, eczema
, and inflammation. All of these external symptoms are simply the body’s immune system reacting to irritations and causing the areas to become red, swollen, and itchy, which can be extremely painful for the patient. Betaderm is able to penetrate the skin cells and decrease the inflammatory response, reducing the appearance of the reactions on the skin and reducing the discomfort for the patient.
Betaderm needs to be taken exactly as prescribed because steroids are very sensitive to dosage levels and time of prescription. The amount and frequency of use may be altered by your doctor over the duration of the prescription. If you don’t understand the prescription, have your doctor, nurse, or pharmacist explain the directions to you. Each dose should be taken with a full glass of water and food or milk to avoid getting an upset stomach
. If you are taking one dose a day, take it before nine in the morning. If you take more than one dose, make sure to spread the doses out according to the doctor’s prescription. Steroid medications should never be abruptly stopped and usually include a gradual reduction in dosage and frequency.
Patients with a history of kidney
disease, high blood pressure
, or heart
disease, should make sure their doctor is aware of their full medical history before they start taking Betaderm. Other conditions such as ulcerative colitis, stomach ulcers
, myasthenia gravis, hypothyroidism, diabetes
mellitus, or psychiatric disorder should also be discussed with your doctor and carefully considered before beginning a course of treatment with Betaderm. Since Betaderm’s function is to weaken the body’s immune system, people with serious bacterial, viral, or fungal infections should not be prescribed this medication.
Patients taking this medication should consume alcohol cautiously, since alcohol and Betaderm can react negatively and damage the stomach. Patients should also avoid activities that make them prone to infections since their body’s immune system will be lowered and they will be more susceptible than usual.
Side effects of Betaderm can be very serious. An allergic reaction might include difficulty breathing or swelling of the throat, lips
or face, or hives
. Other side effects could also include increased blood
pressure or sudden weight gain. Consult your doctor immediately if you experience any of the above side effects.
Less serious side effects include sleeplessness, upset stomach, fatigue, dizziness
, or increased hunger or thirst. Consult your doctor if you experience any of these symptoms.
If you use too much Betaderm, call your local poison control center, and your doctor immediately. If a patient loses consciousness or stops breathing call 911 immediately. Other minor symptoms of an overdose might include acne
, bruising, increased hair growth, high blood pressure, swollen hands, feet or ankles, and sore or weak muscles. Seek immediate medical attention if you experience any of these symptoms.
Betaderm, classified in pregnancy category C, means that its effects on a pregnant woman and the unborn fetus are unknown. Betaderm does pass into breast
milk, so a nursing mother should consult her doctor if she intends to continue breastfeeding her baby while taking this medication.
Betaderm has the following structural formula:
• Molecular formula of betaderm is C22H29FO5
• Chemical IUPAC Name is 9-fluoro-11,17-dihydroxy-17-(2-hydroxyacetyl)-10,13,16-trimethyl-6,7,8,9,10,11, 12,13,14,15,16,17-dodecahydrocyclopenta[a]phenanthren-3-one
• Molecular weight is 392.461 g/mol
• Betaderm available : 0.05% cream 15gm tube, 0.05% cream 45gm tube, 0.05% lotion 60ml bottle, 0.05% ointment 15gm tube, 0.05% ointment 45gm tube, 0.1% ointment 15gm tube, 0.1% ointment 45gm tube