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All about: Clotrimazole/Betamethasone Lotion

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Generic Name: Clotrimazole/Betamethasone Lotion (kloe-TRIM-uh-zole/BAY-tah-METH-ah-zone)
Brand Name: Lotrisone

Clotrimazole/Betamethasone Lotion is used for:

Treating certain fungal skin infections, including ringworm, athlete's foot, and jock itch. It also relieves redness and itching associated with infection.

Clotrimazole/Betamethasone Lotion is an antifungal and corticosteroid combination. It works by weakening the cell membrane of certain fungi. It also acts as an anti-inflammatory and anti-itching agent.

Do NOT use Clotrimazole/Betamethasone Lotion if:

  • you are allergic to any ingredient in Clotrimazole/Betamethasone Lotion
  • you are taking pimozide or an ergot alkaloid (eg, ergotamine)

Contact your doctor or health care provider right away if any of these apply to you.

Before using Clotrimazole/Betamethasone Lotion:

Some medical conditions may interact with this medicine. Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have any medical conditions, especially if any of the following apply to you:

  • if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding
  • if you are taking any prescription or nonprescription medicine, herbal preparation, or dietary supplement
  • if you have allergies to medicines or other substances
  • if you have diaper rash, eczema, measles, tuberculosis (TB) or a positive TB skin test, chicken pox, shingles, or thinning of the skin
  • if you have recently received a vaccination

Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with Clotrimazole/Betamethasone Lotion. Tell your health care provider if you are taking any other medicines, especially any of the following:

  • Barbiturates (eg, phenobarbital), carbamazepine, hydantoins (eg, phenytoin), or rifampin because the effectiveness of Clotrimazole/Betamethasone Lotion may be decreased
  • Clarithromycin because the risks of certain side effects may be increased
  • Ergot alkaloids (eg, ergotamine), imatinib, macrolide immunosuppressants (eg, tacrolimus), pimozide, ritodrine, or live vaccines because the actions and side effects of these medicines may be increased
  • Hydantoins (eg, phenytoin) or interleukin-2 because the effectiveness of these medicines may be decreased

This may not be a complete list of all interactions that may occur. Ask your health care provider if Clotrimazole/Betamethasone Lotion may interact with other medicines that you take. Check with your health care provider before you start, stop, or change the dose of any medicine.

How to use Clotrimazole/Betamethasone Lotion:

Use Clotrimazole/Betamethasone Lotion as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.

  • Wash your hands before and after applying this medicine.
  • Shake well before each use.
  • Wash and completely dry the affected area.
  • Gently rub the medicine into the affected and surrounding areas until it is evenly distributed.
  • When applying to the groin, wear loose-fitting clothing.
  • Use Clotrimazole/Betamethasone Lotion on a regular schedule to get the most benefit from it.
  • To clear up your infection completely, use Clotrimazole/Betamethasone Lotion for the full course of treatment. Keep using it even if you feel better in a few days.
  • Do not bandage or wrap the affected area unless directed otherwise by your doctor.
  • If you are using Clotrimazole/Betamethasone Lotion in the groin area, use only for 2 weeks and apply the lotion sparingly. Wear loose-fitting clothing. Notify your doctor if your condition persists after 2 weeks.
  • If you miss a dose of Clotrimazole/Betamethasone Lotion, use it as soon as possible. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule.

Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use Clotrimazole/Betamethasone Lotion.

Important safety information:

  • Clotrimazole/Betamethasone Lotion is for external use only. Avoid getting Clotrimazole/Betamethasone Lotion in the eyes, vagina, mouth, or nose. If Clotrimazole/Betamethasone Lotion gets in the eyes, immediately wash out with cool tap water.
  • Clotrimazole/Betamethasone Lotion has a corticosteroid in it. Before you start any new medicine, check the label to see if it has a corticosteroid in it too. If it does or if you are not sure, check with your doctor or pharmacist.
  • Contact your doctor right away if stomach pain or cramps, severe diarrhea, or bloody stools occur. Do not treat diarrhea without first checking with your doctor.
  • Be sure to use Clotrimazole/Betamethasone Lotion for the full course of treatment. If you do not, the medicine may not clear up your infection completely. The fungus could also become less sensitive to this or other medicines. This could make the infection harder to treat in the future.
  • Do not use Clotrimazole/Betamethasone Lotion for other skin conditions at a later time.
  • Do not use Clotrimazole/Betamethasone Lotion for diaper rash.
  • Lab tests may be performed while you use Clotrimazole/Betamethasone Lotion. These tests may be used to monitor your condition or check for side effects. Be sure to keep all doctor and lab appointments.
  • Clotrimazole/Betamethasone Lotion should not be used in CHILDREN younger than 17 years old; safety and effectiveness in these children have not been confirmed.
  • PREGNANCY and BREAST-FEEDING: If you become pregnant, contact your doctor. You will need to discuss the benefits and risks of using Clotrimazole/Betamethasone Lotion while you are pregnant. It is not known if Clotrimazole/Betamethasone Lotion is found in breast milk. If you are or will be breast-feeding while you use Clotrimazole/Betamethasone Lotion, check with your doctor. Discuss any possible risks to your baby.

Possible side effects of Clotrimazole/Betamethasone Lotion:

All medicines may cause side effects, but many people have no, or minor, side effects. Check with your doctor if any of these most COMMON side effects persist or become bothersome:

Abnormal skin sensations; dry skin; secondary infection.

Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur:

Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue); blistering; bloody stools; burning; irritation; itching; oozing; redness; severe diarrhea; stomach cramps/pain; swelling.

This is not a complete list of all side effects that may occur. If you have questions or need medical advice about side effects, contact your doctor or health care provider. You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 (1-800-332-1088) or at http://www.fda.gov/medwatch.

If OVERDOSE is suspected:

Contact 1-800-222-1222 (the American Association of Poison Control Centers), your local poison control center ( http://www.aapcc.org/findyour.htm), or emergency room immediately. Clotrimazole/Betamethasone Lotion may be harmful if swallowed.

Proper storage of Clotrimazole/Betamethasone Lotion:

Store at 77 degrees F (25 degrees C) in the upright position only. Brief storage between 59 and 86 degrees F (15 and 30 degrees C) is permitted. Store away from heat, moisture, and light. Do not store in the bathroom. Store Clotrimazole/Betamethasone Lotion away from products used in the eyes or ears to avoid using Clotrimazole/Betamethasone Lotion incorrectly. Keep Clotrimazole/Betamethasone Lotion out of the reach of children and away from pets.

General information:

  • If you have any questions about Clotrimazole/Betamethasone Lotion, please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
  • Clotrimazole/Betamethasone Lotion is to be used only by the patient for whom it is prescribed. Do not share it with other people.
  • If your symptoms do not improve or if they become worse, check with your doctor.

This information is summary only. It does not contain all information about Clotrimazole/Betamethasone Lotion. If you have questions about the medicine you are taking or would like more information, check with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.

Issue Date: September 5, 2007
Database Edition
Copyright © 2007 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc.

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