Merck & Co. | Diprosone (Medication)
Diprosone contains the active ingredient betamethasone dipropionate, which is a type of medicine called a topical corticosteroid. Corticosteroids are medicines used for reducing inflammation. Inflammation of the skin happens as a result of allergy or irritation of the skin, and is caused by the release of various substances that are important in the immune system. These substances cause blood vessels to widen and result in the irritated area becoming red, swollen, itchy and painful, such as is seen in dermatitis or eczema.
Diprosone/betamethasone acts inside the cells to decrease the release of these inflammatory substances. This reduces swelling, redness and itch….
Diprosone: Side Effects
The most commonly-noted side effects of Diprosone are burning at the area of application, itching, irritation, and dryness. Topical application of corticosteroids may suppress the body’s production of cortisol. If suppression has occurred for a long enough period of time, discontinuing the potent corticosteroid can be associated with symptoms of cortisol deficiency.
Absorption of potent corticosteroids can increase the glucose concentration in the blood (especially worrisome in people with diabetes) and cause symptoms of steroid excess (weight gain, redistribution of fat stores, and psychiatric problems). The suppression of inflammation and the immune response caused by steroid excess also allows infections to occur more easily….
Do not cover treated skin areas with a bandage or other covering unless your doctor has told you to. If you are treating the diaper area of a baby, do not use plastic pants or tight-fitting diapers. Covering the skin that is treated with betamethasone topical can increase the amount of the drug your skin absorbs, which may lead to unwanted side effects.
Avoid using this medication on your face, near your eyes, or on body areas where you have skin folds or thin skin.
Do not use this medication on a child without a doctor’s advice. Children are more sensitive to the effects of betamethasone topical.
Diprosone/betamethasone topical will not treat a bacterial, fungal, or viral skin infection.
During pregnancy and breastfeeding is not recommended to use this medicine without your doctor’s advice….