Betnovate GM is an external use cream. It is a combination medication belonging to the class of glucocorticoid drugs that are steroids. It is primarily used to treat skin infections.
Betnovate GM is a corticosteroid cream that is used to treat a large number of skin infections. It is a combination of three compounds, each with a different role. It is used to even treat skin conditions, inflammations and microbial infections.
The complete list of skin infections that Betnovate GM is used to treat is as follows:
Betnovate GM being a steroid cream has some minor side-effects. The following side-effects are possible but they may not occur all the time. However, some of them are rare and might lead to serious consequences.
The most commonly reported side-effects of Betnovate GM are:
At the onset of any of these reactions, a doctor must be consulted.
The usage prescribed by your doctor should be adhered to. The number of times to be applied depends entirely on the condition to be treated. Based on your complaint and history of previous infections and allergies, the medical practitioner will recommend the number of times the cream has to be applied and the duration of use. Clean the affected area with water and pat dry. Apply the ointment only on the affected area that has no moisture. Wash your hands thoroughly post application. Alternatively, a ball of cotton can be used for the application.
Betnovate GM is available in tubes in the form of white cream. The cream is non-sticky and it spreads easily. Betnovate GM, manufactured by GlaxoSmithKline Pharmaceuticals Ltd has the following active ingredients:
Betnovate GM is a combination steroid cream. The prime ingredients are Betamethasone, Gentamycin, and Miconazole. Each component has a distinct function.
Betamethasone is a steroid compound. It inhibits the production of chemical messengers called prostaglandins that cause inflammation and makes the skin swollen, itchy and red. When prostaglandins are inhibited, there is a temporary relief of symptoms caused by inflammation.
Gentamycin is an antibiotic. This compound prevents the microbial organisms (present on the surface of the skin) from multiplying by stopping the synthesis of proteins required by the microbes for growth and reproduction.
Miconazole is an anti-fungal agent. This compound prevents the fungi from forming their own protective covering thereby inhibiting its growth.
The following are the special precautions that have to be ensured while using Betnovate GM.
Betnovate GM does not have a substitute with the same composition and strength. There are other steroid creams with closely related ingredients and hence used for the same purpose as Betnovate GM. They are:
The usage of some drugs and even over the counter product may reduce the effect of Betnovate GM. Some drugs may even increase the risk of side-effects. The doctor should be informed of all other medications and supplements that you are taking. This includes even herbal-based drugs.
Betnovate GM is known to interact with the following drugs:
Ans: Facial usage should be recommended by the doctor. The duration prescribed must be adhered to. Regular use of Betnovate GM on your face can result in excessive growth of facial hair and pigmentation on the face
Ans: No. Betnovate GM is not recommended for acne. It is a steroid cream and prolonged usage can lead to side-effects.
Ans: Depending on the condition being treated, it can take one day or one week to see visible improvement in conditions. Follow the doctor’s advice on when to stop the cream
Ans: Yes. When you stop applying Betnovate GM after prolonged use, you may get steroid-induced dermatitis that will lead to dryness and itchy skin.
Ans: Yes. Betnovate GM can be used by lactating mothers if necessary. No known consequences or harm to the infant have been reported.
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