Always consult your doctor or pharmacist before taking betamethasone capsules. In particular, talk to your health care providers in case of allergic reactions.
If you are taking other medicines, or you think you may need to use an alternative form of betamethasone capsules, always remember to ask your doctor’s opinion first. In these cases it’s useful to keep with you a list of all the drugs you are taking. Talk to him before starting any new cure as well, vitamins and natural products included.
If your condition does not improve or becomes worse, then call your health care providers. Never use this medicine for a longer period of time than you have been told by your doctor.
Driving or operating machinery is okay if you are aware how you would react to it. Betamethasone might cause muscle weakness therefore if you feel tired or weak please avoid driving or any other risky activity.
Indications and Usage
Use betamethasone exactly as suggested by your doctor. Usually it is taken orally with a whole glass of water.
Administration and Dosage
The dose may be decided depending on your age, condition, response to the treatment, weight or other medical conditions you have. The dosage may also depend on the problem you are going to treat. Do always consult your doctor to decide the daily amount of betamethasone you have to take daily.
Usual dose for adults is:
- For dermatological disorders: 0.2mL per square cm intramuscular route only. Maximum dose: 1mL/week;
- For bursitis: 0.25 to 0.5ml given at 3 to 7 day intervals;
- For gouty arthritis: 0.5 to 1ml in affected foot at 3 to 7 day intervals;
- For anti-inflammatory: 0.0175 to 0.125mg base/kg/day divided every 6 to 12 hours
Usual dose for children: Please consult with your doctor for the exact dosage information.
Using betamethasone may affect certain lab tests, so tell your doctor, pharmacist and lab workers that you are taking it. The risk of getting infections can be higher for you. Try washing your hands more and being fare from people who have infections. Specifically chickenpox and measles can be very dangerous and sometimes fatal for people who use betamethasone. Be far from people with these problems if you have never experienced them before. If you had, talk to your doctor first anyways.
This medicine could lower your body’s natural level of steroids, so if you have an infection, fever or you had a surgery in the past, you may need a larger amount of oral steroids to help your body to release the stress and heal up. Talk to your doctor.
Using betamethasone for a long time can increase the risk of getting cataracts or glaucoma. Check your eye pressure and always consult your doctor for advice. The long term use of this drug may also cause weak bones. Have a bone density test if your doctor suggests you to.
If you need to make vaccines, consult your doctor ahead of time. Betamethasone could increase the risk of an infection or make the vaccine not as effective as it should be. If you have diabetes, consult your doctor first as well, as this drug could raise your blood sugar level.
If you are pregnant, breast-feeding or you are planning to get pregnant, you may need to ask your doctor for a consultation to judge if the benefits in taking this drug overweigh the risks.
If you take a larger dose than you should take, tell your doctor, pharmacist or health care specialist immediately even if you don’t feel bad. Bring with you the container and tell them about the amount you took and related timing.
Adverse Reactions and Precautions
If you are allergic to betamethasone or any other part of it, if you are allergic to medicines which are similar to this one, or any other foods or substances, tell your doctor about the allergies and the symptoms you had, such as swelling of face, lips, tongue or throat, cough, wheezing, shortness of breath, itching, hives or rash.
Inform your doctor if you have a herpes infection in your eye or if you have a fungal infection or malaria infection in your brain. Talk to him also if you have idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura.
To be safe, tell your doctor about your medical history and current health problems, if you have any. You have to make sure you can take betamethasone before you start the treatment. Avoid drinking alcohol while taking this medication.
Very serious health problems have happened when medicines like betamethasone have been given through epidural, such as paralysis, loss of eyesight, stroke, death. Talk to your doctor.
Administer with care in people older than 65 and children. The latter may have to face growth problems if taking betamethasone and need regular health controls.