betamethasone-clotrimazole topical (generic name)

It treats ringworm and infections like jock itch and athlete's foot
(bay ta METH a sone; kloe TRIM a zole)
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What is this medicine?

BETAMETHASONE; CLOTRIMAZOLE (bay ta METH a sone; kloe TRIM a zole) is a corticosteroid and antifungal lotion. It treats ringworm and infections like jock itch and athlete's foot. It also helps reduce swelling, redness, and itching caused by these infections.

What should I tell my health care provider before I take this medicine?

They need to know if you have any of these conditions:
  • large areas of burned or damaged skin
  • skin thinning
  • peripheral vascular disease or poor circulation
  • an unusual or allergic reaction to betamethasone, clotrimazole, other corticosteroids, other antifungals, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
  • pregnant or trying to get pregnant
  • breast-feeding

How should I use this medicine?

This lotion is for external use only. Do not take by mouth. Follow the directions on the prescription label. Wash your hands before and after use. If treating hand or nail infections, wash hands before use only. Apply a thin layer of lotion to the affected area and rub in gently. Do not cover or wrap the treated area with an airtight bandage (like a plastic bandage). Use the lotion for the full course of treatment prescribed, even if you think the condition is getting better. Use the medicine at regular intervals. Do not use more often than directed. Do not use on healthy skin or over large areas of skin. Do not use this medicine for any condition other than the one for which it was prescribed. When applying to the groin area, apply a small amount and do not use for longer than 2 weeks unless directed to by your doctor or health care professional. Do not get this lotion in your eyes. If you do, rinse out with plenty of cool tap water.

Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. While this drug may be prescribed for children as young as 17 years of age for selected conditions, precautions do apply.

Patients over 65 years old may have a stronger reaction and need a smaller dose.

What if I miss a dose?

If you miss a dose, use it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, use only that dose. Do not use double or take extra doses.

What may interact with this medicine?

  • topical products that have nystatin

What should I watch for while using this medicine?

If using this medicine on your body or groin tell your doctor or health care professional if your symptoms do not improve within 1 week. If using this medicine on your feet tell your doctor or health care professional if your symptoms do not improve within 2 weeks. Tell your doctor if your skin infection returns after you stop using this lotion.

If you are using this lotion for 'jock itch' be sure to dry the groin completely after bathing. Do not wear underwear that is tight-fitting or made from synthetic fibers like rayon or nylon. Wear loose-fitting, cotton underwear.

If you are using this lotion for athlete's foot be sure to dry your feet carefully after bathing, especially between the toes. Do not wear socks made from wool or synthetic materials like rayon or nylon. Wear clean cotton socks and change them at least once a day, change them more if your feet sweat a lot. Also, try to wear sandals or shoes that are well-ventilated.

Do not use this lotion to treat diaper rash.

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Last Updated: March 19, 2009
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