Generic name: Betamethasone dipropionate
Brand names: Diprosone, Diprolene
Why is Diprosone prescribed?
Diprolene, a synthetic cortisone-like steroid available in cream, gel, lotion, or ointment form, is used to treat certain itchy rashes and other inflammatory skin conditions. Its sister product Diprosone is available only as a cream.
Most important fact about Diprosone
When you use Diprolene, you inevitably absorb some of the medication through your skin and into the bloodstream. Too much absorption can lead to unwanted side effects elsewhere in the body. To keep this problem to a minimum, avoid using large amounts of Diprolene over large areas, and do not cover it with airtight dressings such as plastic wrap or adhesive bandages.
How should you use Diprosone?
Apply Diprolene in a thin film, exactly as prescribed by your doctor. A typical regimen is 1 or 2 applications per day. Do not use the medication for longer than prescribed.
Diprolene is for use only on the skin. Be careful to keep it out of your eyes.
Once you have applied Diprolene, never cover the skin with an airtight bandage or other tight dressing.
For a fungal or bacterial skin infection, you will need antifungal or antibacterial medication in addition to Diprolene. If improvement is not prompt, you should stop using Diprolene until the infection is visibly clearing.
--If you miss a dose...
Apply it as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for the next dose, skip the one you missed and go back to your regular schedule.
Store at room temperature.
What side effects may occur?
Side effects cannot be anticipated. A possible side effect of Diprolene is stinging or burning of the skin where the medication is applied.
- Other side effects on the skin may include:
Acne-like eruptions, atrophy, "broken" capillaries (fine reddish lines), cracking or tightening, dryness, excess hair growth, infected hair follicles, inflammation, irritation, itching, prickly heat, rash, redness, sensitivity to touch
Diprolene can be absorbed and produce side effects elsewhere in the body; see the "Overdosage" section below.
Why should Diprosone not be prescribed?
Do not use Diprolene if you are sensitive to it or any other steroid medication.