betamethasone dipropionate - clotrimazole
In this drug factsheet:DIN (Drug Identification Number)
|00611174 ||LOTRIDERM 0.05%/1% CREAM|
How does this medication work? What will it do for me?
This combination product contains two medications: betamethasone and clotrimazole. It is used to treat itchy, inflamed skin rashes caused by certain types of fungus (e.g., athlete's foot, jock itch, ringworm). Betamethasone belongs to the group of medications called corticosteroids and it works by decreasing inflammation. Clotrimazole belongs to the group of medications called antifungals and it works by killing certain types of fungus.
Once treatment is started, itching and redness are usually relieved within 3 to 5 days. If relief does not occur after 1 week of use for jock itch or ringworm, contact your doctor. If relief does not occur after 2 weeks of use for athlete's foot, contact your doctor.
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.
How should I use this medication?
Apply a thin film of cream to completely cover the affected and surrounding skin areas twice daily, in the morning and at night or as directed by your doctor. The cream is usually used for a period of 2 to 4 weeks depending on the condition being treated. Using the cream for more than 4 weeks is not recommended.
This cream should not be covered with bandages or other coverings after application. Do not use this medication in or near the eyes.
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.
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 your next dose, skip the missed dose and continue with your regular dosing schedule. Do not apply a double dose 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.
Store this medication at room temperature and keep it out of the reach of children.
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 white to off-white cream contains: clotrimazole USP 10 mg and 0.64 mg betamethasone dipropionate, USP, equivalent to 0.5 mg (0.05%) betamethasone USP, in a hydrophilic emollient cream. Nonmedicinal ingredients: benzyl alcohol, cetostearyl alcohol, mineral oil, phosphoric acid, polyethylene glycol 1000 monocetyl ether, propylene glycol, purified water, sodium phosphate monobasic monohydrate, white petrolatum, and sodium hydroxide.
Who should NOT take this medication?
Do not use betamethasone dipropionate - clotrimazole if you:
- are allergic to betamethasone, clotrimazole, other corticosteroids (e.g., hydrocortisone, clobetasol), other imidazoles (e.g., miconazole), or to any of the ingredients of this medication
- have untreated bacterial infections of the skin
- have untreated tuberculosis of the skin
- have viral diseases of the skin, including:
- varicella (chickenpox)
- herpes simplex