Betamethasone valerate is a potent topical corticosteroid. Topical corticosteroids have anti-inflammatory, antipruritic and vasoconstrictive actions when administered topically.
Adult: A small quantity of Betamethasone cream or ointment should be applied and rubbed gently to the affected area 2 or 3 times daily until improvement occurs.
Children: Courses should be limited to five days.
Allergic and inflammatory disorders, Congenital adrenal hyperplasia:
Adult: As betamethasone Na phosphate: 0.5-5 mg daily in divided doses, depending on the severity of the disease and clinical response. Recommended regimen: Short-term treatment: 2-3 mg daily for the first few days, then gradually decrease by 0.25 or 0.5 mg every 2-5 days, depending on response. Rheumatoid arthritis: 0.5-2 mg daily. Other conditions: 1.5-5 mg daily for 1-3 wk, then gradually reduce to Min effective dose.
Child: Dose is proportional to adult dose (e.g. 1 yr 25% of adult dose; 7 yr 50% of adult dose; 12 yr75% of adult dose). Treatment is limited to the Min dosage for the shortest possible time.
Eye/Ear/Nasal Drops: Adults and children-
Eye: 1 or 2 drops to each affected eye every 1 or 2 hours until control is achieved, then the frequency may be reduced.
Ear: 2 or 3 drops to each affected ear every 2 or 3 hours until control is achieved, then the frequency may be reduced.
Nose: 2 or 3 drops instilled into each nostril 2 or 3 times daily.