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Betnovate RD (Psoriasis)

Betnovate RD ointment is a moderately strong steroid preparation which helps treat episodes of psoriasis. Betnovate RD isn't as strong a steroid preparation as Betnovate, which means there is a reduced risk of side effects. Our doctors can prescribe you Betnovate RD for psoriasis quickly and confidentially.

Betnovate RD 100 Ointment Eczema

Key Features
  • Contains a steroid
  • Most effective when used alongside other treatments
  • An effective short-term solution
Betnovate RD should improve your psoriasis within a week when used in conjunction with other treatments.
Dr Gigi Taguri

Key Information

The medicine

Betnovate RD, a moderately potent steroid ointment. 

How to use it

Apply sparingly to the affected area of skin only, once a day for a maximum of eight weeks. Use with Dovonex for best results, as they can be applied at the same time. You should not use Betnovate RD or Dovonex on your face or genitals.

After eight weeks or when your condition improves, reduce the Betnovate RD to alternate days or less and gradually stop over the next four to eight weeks. You can continue to use Dovonex. You should wait at least a month before using Betnovate RD again.

Side effects

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

Psoriasis skin care

Steroid based preparations are not recommended for long-term use in psoriasis as they can cause a worsening of psoriasis when you stop them. Long-term use is also associated with irreversible skin thinning and scarring. However, they are useful for intermittent flare ups. Using an emollient (unperfumed moisturiser) every day helps protect and improve the skin. Using a soap substitute such as aqueous cream when showering or bathing will also help protect the skin.

Using Betnovate RD

Betnovate RD is a moderately potent steroid-based ointment used for the treatment for psoriasis. Betnovate RD reduces swelling and inflammation of the skin and may be used in conjunction with Dovonex for the best results. Betnovate RD should only be used as a short-term solution, because if you use it for a long time your skin condition can become worse once treatment has stopped.

If you need Betnovate RD for moderately severe eczema, please use our eczema service to make an order.

How quickly does Betnovate RD take effect?

Betnovate RD should take effect within a week. It should be used once a day until your condition is under control. After that, you should use it every other day and then gradually stop.

Does Betnovate RD treat the underlying causes of psoriasis?

No. Psoriasis cannot be cured, but Betnovate RD 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 RD.

Alternative Treatments

We offer the alternative ointments Betnovate and Dovonex through our online service.

Coal tar preparations, intermittent use of steroids, dithranol, tazarotene and tablet therapy (in very severe cases) are all other alternative treatments.

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