Lotrisone (Bethamethasone/Clotrimazole) Dosage and Side Effects
LOTRISONE topical (for the skin) is used to treat fungal skin infections such as athlete's foot, jock itch, and ringworm.
Proper Use of this medication
Follow all directions on your prescription label. Do not use this medicine in larger or smaller amounts or for longer than recommended.
Do not take by mouth. LOTRISONE topical is for use only on the skin. Do not use this medicine on open wounds or on sunburned, windburned, dry, chapped, or irritated skin. If this medicine gets in your eyes, nose, mouth, rectum, or vagina, rinse with water.
This medicine comes with patient instructions for safe and effective use. Follow these directions carefully. Ask your doctor or pharmacist if you have any questions.
Wash your hands before and after applying this medicine.
Shake the lotion form of this medicine well just before you use it.
Apply a thin layer of the medicine and rub it in completely.
Do not cover treated skin areas with a bandage or tight clothing, unless your doctor has told you to.
After applying the medicine, allow your skin to dry completely before dressing. Wear loose-fitting clothing while you are treating jock itch. If you are treating athlete's foot, wear clean cotton socks and keep your feet as dry as possible.
Do not use LOTRISONE for longer than 2 weeks for jock itch or 4 weeks for athlete's foot, unless your doctor has told you to.
It may take up to 1 or 2 weeks of using this medicine before your symptoms improve. For best results, use medicine for the full prescribed length of time. Your symptoms may improve before the infection is completely cleared. Skipping doses may also increase your risk of further infection that is resistant to antifungal medicine.
Call your doctor if your groin symptoms do not improve after 1 week, or if your foot symptoms do not improve after 2 weeks of treatment.
Store this medicine at room temperature away from moisture and heat. Keep the tube or bottle capped and tightly closed when not in use.
An overdose of LOTRISONE topical is not expected to be dangerous. Seek emergency medical attention or call the Poison Help line if anyone has accidentally swallowed the medication.
Apply the missed dose as soon as you remember. Skip the missed dose if it is almost time for your next dose. Do not use extra medicine to make up the missed dose.
Get emergency medical help if you have signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.
Topical steroid medicine can be absorbed through the skin, which may affect your adrenal gland. Call your doctor if you have:
- nausea, vomiting, severe dizziness;
- muscle weakness;
- depressed mood, feeling irritable;
- weight loss; or
- tired feeling.
Common side effects may include:
- burning or tingling of treated skin;
- rash; or
This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Tell your doctor about any unusual or bothersome side effect.
Warnings and Precautions
Follow all directions on your medicine label and package. Tell each of your healthcare providers about all your medical conditions, allergies, and all medicines you use.
You should not use this medicine if you are allergic to betamethasone or clotrimazole.
To make sure this medicine is safe for you, tell your doctor if you have:
- any type of skin infection.
It is not known whether LOTRISONE topical will harm an unborn baby. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant while using this medicine.
It is not known whether LOTRISONE passes into breast milk or if it could harm a nursing baby. Tell your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.
Do not use this medication on a child younger than 17 years old. Children are more likely to absorb the steroid through the skin. Do not use LOTRISONE topical to treat diaper rash.
Interactions with this medication
Avoid getting this medicine in your eyes, mouth, and nose, or on your lips. If it does get into any of these areas, wash with water. Do not use LOTRISONE topical on sunburned, windburned, dry, chapped, irritated, or broken skin.
Avoid wearing tight-fitting clothing that doesn't allow air circulation. Until the infection is healed, wear clothing that is made of natural fibers such as cotton.
It is not likely that other drugs you take orally or inject will have an effect on topically applied LOTRISONE. But many drugs can interact with each other. Tell each of your health care providers about all medicines you use, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products.
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The above information is an educational aid only. It is not intended as medical advice for individual conditions or treatments. Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before following any medical regimen to see if it is safe and effective for you.