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What are the Different Betamethasone Side Effects?

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  • Written By: Meshell Powell
  • Edited By: Melissa Wiley
  • Last Modified Date: 27 September 2019
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Betamethasone is a type of steroid medication that is often used in the form of a cream or ointment to treat itching. This medication may sometimes be injected into the body to treat an allergic reaction. As with any medication, there may be negative side effects associated with the use of this medication. Common betamethasone side effects include a burning or stinging sensation when applied, skin irritation, or headaches. Some of the more severe betamethasone side effects may include facial swelling, hives, or difficulty breathing.

For most people, betamethasone side effects are mild and are not bothersome enough to prompt the patient to stop using the medication. A mild stinging sensation is often felt after applying the creams or ointments containing this medication. This feeling generally disappears within minutes. Dry skin affecting the area of application is frequently reported, and mild skin irritation may also be present. These side effects may require little to no treatment and are usually only minor inconveniences to the patient.

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Some of the more bothersome betamethasone side effects that have been reported include dizziness, clumsiness, and nervousness. Many patients have also reported increased sweating, upset stomach, and insomnia. Some women using this medication have reported changes in the menstrual cycle after using medications containing betamethasone. Skin infections and low blood sugar have also been linked to the use of this medication in some patients. Others have reported eye irritation or a rash that strongly resembles acne after beginning treatment with this type of medication.

Mood changes, such as the sudden onset of depression, should be reported to a doctor right away. It may be necessary to use a different medication if the patient develops serious betamethasone side effects. Muscle pain and swelling of the feet and legs can also be side effects of this medication that need to be addressed by the doctor.

Betamethasone side effects requiring immediate medical attention include signs of an allergic reaction, such as facial swelling or numbness, difficulty breathing or swallowing, and sudden chest pain. Severe dizziness, weakness, or confusion should also be reported right away. These may be symptoms of a severe allergic reaction to the medication. In these cases, immediate medical attention is required to save the life of the patient. While most of the possible negative betamethasone side effects are relatively mild, some can be life-threatening. For this reason, any concerns should be addressed with the prescribing physician as soon as possible.

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