CLOTRIMAZOLE; BETAMETHASONE (kloe TRIM a zole; bay ta METH a sone) is a corticosteroid and antifungal lotion. It treats ringworm and infections like jock itch and athlete's foot. It also helps reduce swelling, redness, and itching caused by these infections.
What should I tell my care team before I take this medication?
They need to know if you have any of these conditions:
large areas of burned or damaged skin
peripheral vascular disease or poor circulation
an unusual or allergic reaction to clotrimazole, betamethasone, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
pregnant or trying to get pregnant
How should I use this medication?
This lotion is for external use only. Do not take by mouth. Follow the directions on the prescription label. Wash your hands before and after use. If treating hand or nail infections, wash hands before use only. Apply a thin layer of lotion to the affected area and rub in gently. Do not cover or wrap the treated area with an airtight bandage (like a plastic bandage). Use the lotion for the full course of treatment prescribed, even if you think the condition is getting better. Use the medicine at regular intervals. Do not use more often than directed. Do not use on healthy skin or over large areas of skin. Do not use this medicine for any condition other than the one for which it was prescribed. When applying to the groin area, apply a small amount and do not use for longer than 2 weeks unless directed to by your doctor or health care professional. Do not get this lotion in your eyes. If you do, rinse out with plenty of cool tap water.
Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. While this drug may be prescribed for children as young as 17 years of age for selected conditions, precautions do apply.
Patients over 65 years old may have a stronger reaction and need a smaller dose.
What if I miss a dose?
If you miss a dose, use it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, use only that dose. Do not use double or take extra doses.
What may interact with this medication?
topical products that have nystatin
What side effects may I notice from receiving this medication?
Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible:
allergic reactions like skin rash, itching or hives, swelling of the face, lips, or tongue
dark red spots on the skin
lack of healing of skin condition
loss of feeling on skin
painful, red, pus-filled blisters in hair follicles
sores or blisters that do not heal properly
thinning of the skin or sunburn
Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):
dry or peeling skin
minor skin irritation, burning, or itching
What should I watch for while using this medication?
If using this medicine on your body or groin tell your doctor or health care professional if your symptoms do not improve within 1 week. If using this medicine on your feet tell your doctor or health care professional if your symptoms do not improve within 2 weeks. Tell your doctor if your skin infection returns after you stop using this lotion.
If you are using this lotion for 'jock itch' be sure to dry the groin completely after bathing. Do not wear underwear that is tight-fitting or made from synthetic fibers like rayon or nylon. Wear loose-fitting, cotton underwear.
If you are using this lotion for athlete's foot be sure to dry your feet carefully after bathing, especially between the toes. Do not wear socks made from wool or synthetic materials like rayon or nylon. Wear clean cotton socks and change them at least once a day, change them more if your feet sweat a lot. Also, try to wear sandals or shoes that are well-ventilated.
Do not use this lotion to treat diaper rash.
Where should I keep my medication?
Keep out of the reach of children.
Store at room temperature between 15 and 30 degrees C (59 and 86 degrees F). Do not freeze. Throw away any unused medicine after the expiration date.
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