What Are The Uses Of Betamethasone?
Betamethasone is a steroid medication, used for:
- Relieving skin irritations like itching and flaking from eczema.
- Local psoriasis
- Rheumatic disorders like rheumatoid arthritis, Systemic lupus erythematosus (Lupus)
- Allergic conditions like asthma and angioedema
- Preterm labour to speed up the development of the baby's lungs
- Crohn's disease
- Cancers like leukaemia
- Adrenocortical insufficiency (Along with fludrocortisone)
What Are The Side Effects Of Betamethasone?
Some patients may experience one or more of following side-effects of Betamethasone:
- Adrenal suppression
- Excessive hair growth
- Prolonged use of betamethasone on extensive areas of skin (broken or raw) may result in side effects on other parts of the body. E.g. cause decrease in the production of natural hormones by the adrenal glands.
- When used in pre-term labour, it may cause complications, like leukocytosis and hypoglycaemia in new-borns exposed in utero.
- When injected into the spine or epidural space, it may cause serious side effects like stroke, loss of vision, and paralysis.
What Are The Contraindications Of Betamethasone?
Before taking betamethasone, please inform your doctor if you have any of the following conditions:
- Brain Injury
- Muscle Problems, bone problems, broken Bone due to Disease or Illness
- Increased Pressure in the Eye, Cataracts, Wide-Angle Glaucoma,
- Untreated Fungal Infection,
- Chronic Heart Failure, High Blood Pressure
- Herpes simplex infection
- Rupture of a Tendon
- Hardening of the Liver
- High Blood Sugar
- Low level of Potassium in the Blood
- Reduced body resistance to Infection,
- Mental Disorder