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Betnovate Ointment

Betnovate is a potent steroid used to treat episodes of psoriasis. Because it is so strong, it should only be used when your psoriasis has flared up and only if you know that a more moderate steroid does not work for you. Our doctors can prescribe you Betnovate ointment through our safe online clinic.

Key Features
  • Contains a potent steroid
  • An effective, short-term treatment
  • Should be used in conjunction with other treatments for psoriasis
You should notice an improvement within a couple of days when used in conjunction with other treatments.
Dr Gigi Taguri

Key Information

The medicine

Betnovate is a potent steroid ointment. As it’s so strong, you put yourself at risk of serious irreversible side-effects if you exceed the recommended dose.

We recommend you use Betnovate in conjunction with Dovonex, which is also available through our online service.

You should only order Betnovate if you have used it in the past, or if you know that Betnovate RD is not strong enough for you.

Side effects

Noticeable side effects are uncommon but can include a rash, a worsening of your skin condition or burning of the skin. You must stop using Betnovate if you experience any of these. If you use steroids on a continuous basis, irreversible damage to your skin may occur.

Psoriasis skin care

Steroids are not recommended for long-term treatment of psoriasis as they can cause a worsening of psoriasis if you stop using them suddenly. You should always tail down usage over 1 to 2 weeks. Long-term use is also associated with irreversible skin thinning and scarring. However, steroids are useful for intermittent flares-ups.

Using an emollient (unperfumed moisturiser) every day will help reduce the scale and roughness of the psoriasis patches. You should also stop using soap and use a soap substitute, such as aqueous cream, instead, to help soften the skin.

Using Betnovate Ointment

Betnovate ointment is a strong steroid ointment used for the treatment for psoriasis. It works by reducing inflammation and swelling, and may be used in conjunction with Dovonex for the best results.

Betnovate should only be used as a short-term solution. If you use it for an extended period of time your skin will become thinner and your condition may become worse once treatment has stopped. 

How quickly does Betnovate ointment take effect?

Betnovate should take effect within a couple of days of use. It should be used once a day for a maximum of eight weeks, before being used every other day for four to eight weeks.

Does Betnovate ointment treat the underlying causes of psoriasis?

No. Psoriasis cannot be cured, but Betnovate ointment can be an effective, short-term method of managing the condition. Once a course of treatment is complete, you should use Dovonex for at least a month, after which your doctor may advise returning to Betnovate ointment.

Alternative Treatments

Coal tar preparations, intermittent steroids, dithranol, tazarotene and tablet therapy (in very severe cases) are all alternatives.

We offer two other psoriasis treatments, Dovonex and Betnovate RD, through our online service.

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