Before you begin using a medication, be sure to inform your doctor of any medical conditions or allergies you may have, any medications you are taking, whether you are pregnant or breast-feeding, and any other significant facts about your health. These factors may affect how you should use this medication.
Tell all health professionals involved in your care that you have been using a topical (skin applied) corticosteroid.
Absorption: Gentamicin and betamethasone are known to be absorbed through the skin into the bloodstream by people using these medications for a long period of time or over a large area of the body, increasing the risk of side effects. It is advisable to only use betamethasone valerate - gentamicin for brief periods and to stop using it as soon as the problem clears.
Eyes: Use this medication with caution on lesions close to the eye. Take care to ensure that it does not enter the eye, as glaucoma may result. Cataracts have been reported following internal use of corticosteroids.
Thinning of skin: Using topical corticosteroid medications such as betamethasone valerate for a long period of time can cause skin to thin or soften or cause stretch marks. Your doctor may recommend you stop using this medication once in a while or to apply to one area of the body at a time. Suddenly stopping corticosteroid medication may cause psoriasis to return.
Yeast infections: Gentamicin is not effective against fungi, yeasts, or viruses. People with fungal, yeast, or viral infections must also receive specific treatment for those conditions as prescribed by your doctor. If you believe that an affected area is not responding to topical betamethasone valerate - gentamicin, contact your doctor as soon as possible.
Pregnancy: Betamethasone valerate - gentamicin should not be used during pregnancy unless the benefits outweigh the risks. Topical corticosteroids should not be used by pregnant women over large areas of the body, in large amounts, or for prolonged periods of time. If you become pregnant while using this medication, contact your doctor immediately.
Breast-feeding: It is not known if betamethasone valerate passes into breast milk. If you are a breast-feeding mother and are using this medication, it may affect your baby. Talk to your doctor about whether you should continue breast-feeding.
Children: Betamethasone valerate belongs to the family of medications known as corticosteroids. Children may be more likely to experience the side effects encountered by using large amounts of this class of medication for long periods of time (e.g., slowing down of growth, delayed weight gain).
The use of this medication by children should be limited to the smallest amount that will be effective. Discuss with your doctor the risks and benefits of the use of this medication by children.