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Betamethasone dipropionate is an adrenocorticosteroid hormone found to be effective in the treatment of itchy rashes and other inflammatory skin conditions in animals. This synthetic cortisone-like steroid is available in cream, gel, lotion as well as ointment forms and is most commonly used in the treatment of skin inflammations in cats and dogs. It is also used for the prevention of pruritus associated with dermatoses. Besides the anti inflammatory actions, it also possesses anti-pruritic and vasoconstructive actions. Betamethasone dipropionate effectively works to cure the skin disorders by depressing the formation, release and activity of various cells causing swelling, redness and itching on the skin.
Side Effects & Warnings
The following have been reported infrequently with the use of this cream: burning, itching, dryness, irritation, acneiform eruptions, hypopigmentation.
Itching, irritation, dryness and a burning sensation on the area of application are the commonly noted side effects. Sometimes it is also found to suppress the production of cortisol in the body.
Application of this medication is not prescribed in pregnant animals as it can induce fetal abnormalities. After applying this medication, do not cover the area of application with adhesive bandages or plastic wraps. It is also advised not to use this medication along with other dietary supplements, herbal preparations and non prescription medicines. Patients with past history of allergy to other corticosteroids should avoid using betamethasone dipropionate.
Use as directed by your veterinarian.
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