Also Known As: Betamethasone/topical, Betamethasone, Celestone, Betnovate, Diprosone, Diprolene, Celestamine, Bentelan
Betamethasone is a potent glucocorticoid steroid with anti-inflammatory and immunosuppressive properties. Unlike other drugs with these effects, betamethasone does not cause water retention. It is applied as a topical cream, ointment, foam, lotion or gel to treat itching. Betamethasone sodium phosphate is sometimes prescribed as an intramuscular injection (I.M) for itching from various ailments including allergic reactions to poison ivy and similar plants.
Betamethasone is available in a number of compound forms: betamethasone dipropionate (branded as Diprosone, Diprolene, Celestamine, and others), sodium phosphate (branded as Bentelan in Italy) and valerate (branded as Betnovate, Celestone and others).