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Betamethasone/Clotrimazole (On The Skin)

Betamethasone (bay-ta-METH-a-sone), Clotrimazole (kloe-TRIM-a-zole)

Treats athlete's foot, ringworm, and other fungus infections.

Brand Name(s):

There may be other brand names for this medicine.

When This Medicine Should Not Be Used:

You should not use this medicine if you have had an allergic reaction to clotrimazole or similar drugs, such as butoconazole (Femstat®), miconazole (Monistat®), econazole (Spectazole®), or ketoconazole (Nizoril®). Also avoid using the medicine if you have had an allergic reaction to betamethasone or medicines such as hydrocortisone (Hytone®), fluocinonide (Lidex®), triamcinolone (Aristocort®).

How to Use This Medicine:

Cream, Lotion

  • Your doctor will tell you how much of this medicine to use and how often. Do not use more medicine or use it more often than your doctor tells you to.
  • For use on the skin only.
  • Shake the bottle of lotionwell just before using.
  • Apply a thin layer to the affected area. Rub in gently.
  • Do not cover with bandages unless your doctor tells you to.

If a dose is missed:

  • Apply the missed dose as soon as possible.
  • Skip the missed dose if it is almost time for your next regular dose.
  • Do not use extra medicine to make up for a missed dose.
How to Store and Dispose of This Medicine:

  • Store at room temperature, away from heat, moisture, and direct light. Do not freeze. Store the lotion bottle upright, not laying on its side.
  • Keep all medicine out of the reach of children.
Drugs and Foods to Avoid:

Ask your doctor or pharmacist before using any other medicine, including over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products.

  • Unless approved by your doctor, do not mix or use other skin medicines with this medicine.
Warnings While Using This Medicine:

  • If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, talk to your doctor before taking the medicine
  • Make sure your doctor knows if you have an infection of the skin such as herpes, chickenpox, or tuberculosis.
  • Do not apply in or around the eyes.
  • Do not apply this medicine to your face or neck unless your doctor told you to do so.
Possible Side Effects While Using This Medicine:

Call your doctor right away if you notice any of these side effects:

  • Severe itching, burning, or skin irritation
  • Signs of infection such as redness, swelling, drainage, or pus

If you notice these less serious side effects, talk with your doctor:

  • Mild, temporary stinging
  • Irritation, burning, redness, peeling, or blistering of skin
  • Numbness or tingling at site of application
If you notice other side effects that you think are caused by this medicine, tell your doctor.

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