Diprosone

Name: Diprosone

Diprosone Overview

Luxiq (generic: betamethasone) is a prescription medication used to treat inflammation, redness, swelling, itching, and tenderness associated with skin conditions of the scalp. This medication belongs to a group of drugs called topical corticosteroids which work by suppressing the over-active immune system.

Luxiq comes in the form of a foam to be gently massaged onto the scalp. It is usually applied twice daily, in the morning and at night. Wash your hands immediately after applying Luxiq.

Common side effects include mild burning, stinging, or itching at the site of application. These side effects typically disappear shortly after application.

Diprosone Drug Class

Diprosone is part of the drug classes:

  • Corticosteroids acting locally

  • Antiinflammatory Corticosteroids

  • Corticosteroids, potent group III

  • Corticosteroids, potent, other combinations

  • Corticosteroids/antiinfectives/mydriatics in combination

Side Effects of Diprosone

Common side effects include mild burning, stinging, or itching at the site of application.

This is not a complete list of Luxiq side effects. Ask your doctor or pharmacist for more information.

Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

 

Commonly used brand name(s)

In the U.S.

  • Alphatrex
  • Del-Beta
  • Diprosone
  • Sernivo

In Canada

  • Dovobet
  • Occlucort

Available Dosage Forms:

  • Cream
  • Lotion
  • Spray
  • Ointment

Therapeutic Class: Corticosteroid, Strong

Pharmacologic Class: Betamethasone

Uses For Diprosone

Betamethasone topical cream, gel, lotion, and ointment are used to help relieve redness, itching, swelling, or other discomfort caused by skin conditions. Betamethasone topical spray is used to treat adults with mild to moderate plaque psoriasis. This medicine is a corticosteroid (cortisone-like medicine or steroid).

This medicine is available only with your doctor's prescription.

Before Using Diprosone

In deciding to use a medicine, the risks of taking the medicine must be weighed against the good it will do. This is a decision you and your doctor will make. For this medicine, the following should be considered:

Allergies

Tell your doctor if you have ever had any unusual or allergic reaction to this medicine or any other medicines. Also tell your health care professional if you have any other types of allergies, such as to foods, dyes, preservatives, or animals. For non-prescription products, read the label or package ingredients carefully.

Pediatric

Appropriate studies performed to date have not demonstrated pediatric-specific problems that would limit the usefulness of betamethasone topical in children 13 years of age and older. However, because of this medicine's toxicity, it should be used with caution. Children may absorb large amounts through the skin, which can cause serious side effects. If your child is using this medicine, follow your doctor's instructions very carefully. Use in children 12 years of age and younger is not recommended.

Appropriate studies have not been performed on the relationship of age to the effects of betamethasone topical spray in the pediatric population. Safety and efficacy have not been established. Use is not recommended in children.

Geriatric

Appropriate studies performed to date have not demonstrated geriatric-specific problems that would limit the usefulness of betamethasone topical in the elderly.

Although appropriate studies on the relationship of age to the effects of betamethasone topical spray have not been performed in the geriatric population, no geriatric-specific problems have been documented to date.

Pregnancy

Pregnancy Category Explanation
All Trimesters C Animal studies have shown an adverse effect and there are no adequate studies in pregnant women OR no animal studies have been conducted and there are no adequate studies in pregnant women.

Breast Feeding

There are no adequate studies in women for determining infant risk when using this medication during breastfeeding. Weigh the potential benefits against the potential risks before taking this medication while breastfeeding.

Interactions with Medicines

Although certain medicines should not be used together at all, in other cases two different medicines may be used together even if an interaction might occur. In these cases, your doctor may want to change the dose, or other precautions may be necessary. Tell your healthcare professional if you are taking any other prescription or nonprescription (over-the-counter [OTC]) medicine.

Interactions with Food/Tobacco/Alcohol

Certain medicines should not be used at or around the time of eating food or eating certain types of food since interactions may occur. Using alcohol or tobacco with certain medicines may also cause interactions to occur. Discuss with your healthcare professional the use of your medicine with food, alcohol, or tobacco.

Other Medical Problems

The presence of other medical problems may affect the use of this medicine. Make sure you tell your doctor if you have any other medical problems, especially:

  • Cushing's syndrome (adrenal gland disorder) or
  • Diabetes or
  • Hyperglycemia (high blood sugar) or
  • Intracranial hypertension (increased pressure in the head)—Use with caution. May make these conditions worse.
  • Infection of the skin at or near the place of application or
  • Large sores, broken skin, or severe skin injury at the place of application or
  • Liver failure—The chance of side effects may be increased.
  • Perioral dermatitis (skin problem) or
  • Rosacea (skin problem)—The gel should not be used in patients with these conditions.

Diprosone Side Effects

Along with its needed effects, a medicine may cause some unwanted effects. Although not all of these side effects may occur, if they do occur they may need medical attention.

Check with your doctor immediately if any of the following side effects occur:

More common
  • Burning or stinging
  • itching at the application site
Less common
  • Blistering, burning, crusting, dryness, or flaking of the skin
  • cracking or tightening of the skin
  • dry skin
  • flushing or redness of the skin
  • irritation
  • itching, scaling, severe redness, soreness, or swelling of the skin
  • thinning of the skin with easy bruising, especially when used on the face or where the skin folds together (eg, between the fingers)
  • unusually warm skin
Rare
  • Blistering, peeling, or loosening of the skin
Incidence not known
  • Redness and scaling around the mouth

Some side effects may occur that usually do not need medical attention. These side effects may go away during treatment as your body adjusts to the medicine. Also, your health care professional may be able to tell you about ways to prevent or reduce some of these side effects. Check with your health care professional if any of the following side effects continue or are bothersome or if you have any questions about them:

Less common
  • Raised, dark red, or wart-like spots on the skin, especially when used on the face
Rare
  • Burning, itching, and pain in hairy areas, or pus at the root of the hair
Incidence not known
  • Acne or pimples
  • burning and itching of the skin with pinhead-sized red blisters
  • increased hair growth on the forehead, back, arms, and legs
  • lightening of normal skin color
  • lightening of treated areas of dark skin
  • reddish purple lines on the arms, face, legs, trunk, or groin
  • softening of the skin

Other side effects not listed may also occur in some patients. If you notice any other effects, check with your healthcare professional.

Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

For the Consumer

Applies to betamethasone topical: topical application cream, topical application lotion, topical application ointment, topical application spray

Other dosage forms:

  • topical application cream, topical application foam, topical application gel/jelly, topical application lotion, topical application ointment

Along with its needed effects, betamethasone topical (the active ingredient contained in Diprosone) may cause some unwanted effects. Although not all of these side effects may occur, if they do occur they may need medical attention.

Check with your doctor immediately if any of the following side effects occur while taking betamethasone topical:

More common
  • Burning or stinging
  • itching at the application site
Less common
  • Blistering, burning, crusting, dryness, or flaking of the skin
  • cracking or tightening of the skin
  • dry skin
  • flushing or redness of the skin
  • irritation
  • itching, scaling, severe redness, soreness, or swelling of the skin
  • thinning of the skin with easy bruising, especially when used on the face or where the skin folds together (eg, between the fingers)
  • unusually warm skin
Rare
  • Blistering, peeling, or loosening of the skin
Incidence not known
  • Redness and scaling around the mouth

Some side effects of betamethasone topical may occur that usually do not need medical attention. These side effects may go away during treatment as your body adjusts to the medicine. Also, your health care professional may be able to tell you about ways to prevent or reduce some of these side effects. Check with your health care professional if any of the following side effects continue or are bothersome or if you have any questions about them:

Less common
  • Raised, dark red, or wart-like spots on the skin, especially when used on the face
Rare
  • Burning, itching, and pain in hairy areas, or pus at the root of the hair
Incidence not known
  • Acne or pimples
  • burning and itching of the skin with pinhead-sized red blisters
  • increased hair growth on the forehead, back, arms, and legs
  • lightening of normal skin color
  • lightening of treated areas of dark skin
  • reddish purple lines on the arms, face, legs, trunk, or groin
  • softening of the skin

For Healthcare Professionals

Applies to betamethasone topical: topical cream, topical foam, topical gel, topical lotion, topical ointment, topical spray

General

The most commonly reported side effects were pruritus, burning, itching, irritation.

Hypersensitivity

Rare (less than 0.1%): Hypersensitivity

Endocrine

Frequency not reported: Cushing's syndrome[Ref]

Dermatologic

Common (1% to 10%): Pruritus
Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Folliculitis, skin infections (including bacterial, fungal and viral skin infections)
Frequency not reported: Dryness, hypertrichosis, acneiform eruptions, hypopigmentation, perioral dermatitis, allergic contact dermatitis, maceration of the skin, secondary infections, skin atrophy, striae, miliaria[Ref]

Local

Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Application site pain
Frequency not reported: Burning, itching, irritation[Ref]

Ocular

Rare (less than 0.1%): Eye disorder[Ref]

Metabolic

Frequency not reported: Hyperglycemia

Renal

Frequency not reported: Glucosuria

Other

Rare (less than 0.1%): Rebound effect

Some side effects of Diprosone may not be reported. Always consult your doctor or healthcare specialist for medical advice. You may also report side effects to the FDA.

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