Betamethasone (Injection)

Introduction

Betamethasone (bay-ta-METH-a-sone)

Treats inflammation and many other medical problems. This medicine is a corticosteroid.

Brand Name(s)

There may be other brand names for this medicine.

When This Medicine Should Not Be Used

You should not receive this medicine if you have ever had an allergic reaction to betamethasone or if you have a fungal infection.

How to Use This Medicine

Injectable

  • Your doctor will prescribe your exact dose and tell you how often it should be given. This medicine is given as a shot into a muscle, a vein, a joint such as a knee or shoulder, or a spot on your skin called a lesion.
  • Celestone Soluspan® should not be given as an injection into a vein.
  • A nurse or other trained health professional will give you this medicine.
  • You may be taught how to give your medicine at home. Make sure you understand all instructions before giving yourself an injection. Do not use more medicine or use it more often than your doctor tells you to.
  • Use a new needle and syringe each time you inject your medicine.

If a dose is missed:

  • It is very important to use this medicine on a fixed schedule. If you miss a dose, call your doctor or pharmacist for instructions.

How to Store and Dispose of This Medicine

  • Throw away used needles in a hard, closed container that the needles cannot poke through. Keep this container out of the reach of children and pets.
  • If you store your medicine at home, keep it at room temperature, away from direct light, and extreme hot or cold temperatures.
  • Keep all medicine out of the reach of children and never share your medicine with anyone.

Drugs and Foods to Avoid

Ask your doctor or pharmacist before using any other medicine, including over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products.

  • Make sure your doctor knows if you are also using diabetes medicine (insulin or oral medicine such as Amaryl®, Actos?, Avandia®, Glipizide®, Glucotrol®, Glucophage®, Glyburide®)
  • Talk to your doctor before getting flu shots or other vaccines while you are receiving betamethasone. Vaccines may not work as well while you are using this medicine.

Warnings While Using This Medicine

  • If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, talk with your doctor before you receive this medicine.
  • This medicine may cause problems if you have certain medical conditions. Make sure your doctor knows about any allergies, medical problems, or mental conditions you now have or have had in the past.
  • Do not stop using this medicine suddenly without asking your doctor. You may need to use less and less before stopping it completely.
  • Let your doctor know if you have any events causing unusual stress or anxiety in your life. Your dose of this medicine may need to be changed.
  • It may be easier for you to get an infection while using this medicine. Avoid people who are sick or have infections. If you are exposed to chickenpox or measles, tell your doctor right away.
  • Make sure any doctor or dentist who treats you knows that you are receiving betamethasone.

Possible Side Effects While Using This Medicine

Call your doctor right away if you notice any of these side effects:

  • Allergic reaction: Itching or hives, sudden swelling in face or hands, sudden swelling or tingling in the mouth or throat, tightness in chest, trouble breathing
  • Black or tarry stools
  • Convulsions (seizures)
  • Headache or blurred vision
  • Increased urination or thirst
  • Muscle weakness or cramps
  • Pain in throat or trouble swallowing
  • Unexplained fever, sore throat

If you notice these less serious side effects, talk with your doctor:

  • Easy bruising, small purple spots on your skin
  • Increased hair growth
  • Increased sweating
  • Irregular menstrual periods
  • Mood changes or trouble sleeping
  • Redness of the face
  • Swelling in your hands, arms, feet, or legs
  • Weight gain

If you notice other side effects that you think are caused by this medicine, tell your doctor

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

Review Date: March 4, 2014
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