BETAMETHASONE (Injection) (Injectable)

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Side effects of Betamethasone?

hi i'm 34 weeks and 2 days pregnant, had a fall 2 days ago and was given two injections of betamethasone 12mg one yesterday and one the day before, got some swelling in my legs, a burning sensation in my arms, legs and face with redness not a rash, ve...
by anne in london uk, 05/05/2006

BETAMETHASONE (Injection) (Injectable) Drug and Prescription Information

BETAMETHASONE (Injection) (Injectable)

BETAMETHASONE (Injection) (Injectable) Medication Classification


BETAMETHASONE (Injection) (Injectable) Brandname

BETAMETHASONE (Injection) (Injectable) is used for the Treatment

Betamethasone (bay-ta-METH-a-sone) Treats inflammation and many other medical problems. This medicine is a corticosteroid.

When To Not Use BETAMETHASONE (Injection) (Injectable)

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

How Should You Use BETAMETHASONE (Injection) (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.

Proper BETAMETHASONE (Injection) (Injectable) Storage

Store BETAMETHASONE (Injection) (Injectable) at room temperature away from sunlight and moisture unless otherwise stated by manufacturer's instructions or labelling. Keep BETAMETHASONE (Injection) (Injectable) and all medications out of the reach of children.

What To Avoid While Using BETAMETHASONE (Injection) (Injectable)

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.

BETAMETHASONE (Injection) (Injectable) Warnings

  • 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.

BETAMETHASONE (Injection) (Injectable) Side Effects

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

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