betamethasone valerate - gentamicin
In this drug factsheet:DIN (Drug Identification Number)
|00177016 ||VALISONE-G 0.1% CREAM|
|00232351 ||VALISONE-G 0.1% OINTMENT|
How does this medication work? What will it do for me?
This topical skin preparation contains 2 active ingredients: betamethasone and gentamicin. It is used to treat allergic or inflammatory skin rashes such as dermatitis (eczema) and psoriasis that have become infected.
Betamethasone is a corticosteroid that helps to reduce skin redness, itching, and irritation. Gentamicin is an antibiotic that kills bacteria that cause certain types of infections. The ointment of this medication helps retain moisture in the skin and is useful for treating infections on dry and scaling skin.
Your doctor may have suggested this medication for conditions other than those listed in these drug information articles. As well, some forms of this medication may not be used for all of the conditions discussed here. If you have not discussed this with your doctor or are not sure why you are being given this medication, speak to your doctor. Do not stop using this medication without consulting your doctor.
Do not give this medication to anyone else, even if they have the same symptoms as you do. It can be harmful for people to use this medication if their doctor has not prescribed it.
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How should I use this medication?
Apply a small amount on the affected area 2 or 3 times daily, or as directed by your doctor. Enough medication should be applied to completely cover the affected area with a thin film. The medication should be gently and thoroughly massaged into the affected area.
Many things can affect the dose of medication that a person needs, such as body weight, other medical conditions, and other medications. If your doctor has recommended a dose different from the one above, do not change the way that you are using the medication without consulting your doctor.
For some cases of psoriasis and certain other conditions, your doctor may advise you to cover the area with an occlusive dressing (a dressing that doesn't breathe) such as a plastic wrap for more effective treatment. Do not cover the area unless directed to do so by your doctor.
It is important to use this medication exactly as prescribed by your doctor. If you miss a dose, apply it as soon as possible and continue with your regular schedule. If it is almost time for the next application, skip the missed dose and continue with your regular schedule. Do not apply a double application to make up for a missed one. If you are not sure what to do after missing a dose, contact your doctor or pharmacist for advice.
Do not dispose of medications in wastewater (e.g. down the sink or in the toilet) or in household garbage. Ask your pharmacist how to dispose of medications that are no longer needed or have expired.
What form(s) does this medication come in?
Each g of cream contains betamethasone valerate USP equivalent to 1 mg (0.1%) betamethasone alcohol and gentamicin sulfate USP equivalent to 1 mg (0.1%) of gentamicin base. The microdispersion of these active ingredients in a greaseless, odourless, non-staining, washable, and cosmetically-pleasing cream insures effective contact with the skin and rapid onset of action of the steroid and the antibiotic. Nonmedicinal ingredients: cetostearyl alcohol, chlorocresol, mineral oil, monobasic sodium phosphate, phosphoric acid, polyethylene glycol 1,000 monocetyl ether, purified water, sodium hydroxide, and white petrolatum.
Each g of ointment contains betamethasone valerate USP equivalent to 1 mg (0.1%) betamethasone alcohol and gentamicin sulfate USP equivalent to 1 mg (0.1%) of gentamicin base. The microdispersion of these active ingredients in an odourless, nonstaining ointment base insures effective contact with the skin and rapid onset of action of the steroid and the antibiotic. Nonmedicinal ingredient: white petrolatum USP.
Who should NOT take this medication?
Do not use this medication if you:
- are allergic to betamethasone, gentamicin, or any ingredients of the medication
- have chickenpox
- have herpes simplex
- have tuberculosis of the skin
- have vaccinia
- have viral skin lesions