Betacap Scalp
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Betacap Scalp Application 0.1%

Medication features

Betacap Scalp Application is a treatment for scalp conditions like eczema and psoriasis, effectively reducing symptoms like itching, redness, and flaking. It's easy to apply and helps improve scalp health with regular use.

  • 0.1% Betamethasone scalp lotion
  • Soothes inflamed scalps
  • Topical steroid treatment


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You can buy Betacap scalp application solution online in the UK with our registered online doctor and pharmacy service. Our UK registered doctors review your request and can supply a prescription if appropriate. The prescription is dispensed by our pharmacy team that prepare your medicine to be delivered anywhere in the UK with the Royal Mail service.

What is Betacap?

Betacap scalp solution is a medicine used to treat psoriasis, seborrhoeic dermatitis and eczema on the scalp. The active ingredient of the scalp treatment is betamethasone valerate 0.1% which is a topical corticosteroid that reduces inflammation and irritation of skin conditions. Betacap is specifically formulated for use on scalp conditions that are difficult to treat with traditional cream and ointment treatments.

How does Betacap work?

Betacap works by reducing the scalp inflammation caused by skin conditions through the active ingredient betamethasone. Steroids, like betamethasone, do this by preventing the body from attacking the skin by calming the immune systems inappropriate response in the affected area.

Once the inappropriate immune response is calmed, the body can then begin healing the skin on the scalp, returning it to health.

The lotion component of the medicine also acts as an antiseptic to prevent infections and a moisturiser to improve the comfort of the scalp and by reducing dryness.

What is Betacap used for?

Betacap scalp application is used for inflammatory skin conditions on the scalp. Generally, these are due to one or more of three conditions appearing on the scalp:

These conditions result in inflammation of the skin from the immune system attacking healthy skin. You can read more about eczema from our online eczema clinic.

Betacap Scalp Application

Apply the solution to the affected area(s) of the scalp TWICE a day, morning and evening, as directed by your doctor. Do not wash out the lotion, allow it to dry naturally.

The general application instructions are:

  1. Ensure your hair is clean and dry before applying the solution.
  2. Hold the bottle upside down over the affected areas and gently squeeze the bottle until the area is covered with a thin layer of betacap lotion.
  3. Gently massage the solution into the affected areas of the scalp.
  4. Allow the scalp solution to dry naturally. Do not use a hair drier or towel.
  5. Wash your hands thoroughly after use.

If you are ever unsure how to apply Betacap, read the patient information leaflet which contains detailed application information or ask your doctor or pharmacist.

Once the condition begins to improve, your healthcare professional may instruct you to reduce how often the solution is applied. Follow the instructions of your qualified healthcare professional.

Betacap Summary


Apply to the affected area(s) TWICE daily as directed

Type of medicine

Topical corticosteroid


Reduces scalp inflammation by reducing the inappropriate immune response


100mL bottle


0.1% w/w

Active Ingredient

Betamethasone valerate


From £15.98

Side Effects

Can include skin irritation after application, skin thinning with prolonged covered use

Betacap Prices

1 x 100mL


2 x 100mL


3 x 100mL


Does Betacap stop hair loss?

Stopping hair loss is not an officially listed effect of Betacap. It is important to note that inflammatory scalp conditions often leave the scalp itchy. Itching the scalp can damage hair follicles and result in hair loss. 

Reducing irritation and itching of the scalp may improve follicle health and help with hair loss. Betacap scalp application has not been proven in clinical studies to stop hair loss.

Betacap side effects

Betacap is a generally well-tolerated medicine by most people however, like all medicines, it does have the potential to cause some side effects. Not everyone will experience side effects from Betacap. If you do, speak to your doctor or health professional.

Some side effects can include:

  • Skin irritation
  • Pustular psoriasis
  • Skin thinning - with long term excessive use on covered skin
  • Adrenal suppression - with long term excessive use on covered skin

If you experience any swelling, rashes or difficulty breathing, this can be a sign of an allergic reaction. If this occurs seek medical attention immediately and discontinue use.

For a full list of potential side effects and warnings about the medicine, read the patient information leaflet.

Alternative treatments

There are two other major scalp treatments for inflammatory scalp conditions. First is Elocon scalp lotion which uses a slightly different steroid mometasone furoate. This treatment may be suitable for those who do not respond or tolerate Betacap.

The other treatment is Betnovate which uses the same active ingredient betamethasone valerate, at the same strength 0.1%. Betnovate scalp application is made by a different company than Betacap. This may be useful if you are allergic to any ingredient in Betacap scalp application that is not in Betnovate scalp application.

If you are experiencing scalp dryness, dandruff or other scalp problems and would prefer non-prescription options, the following may be suitable:


Does Betacap help hair grow?

There is no clinical evidence that Betacap helps hair grow. Improving inflammatory scalp conditions may assist in preventing further hair loss which may contribute to the thought that Betacap causes hair growth.

Can Betacap be bought over the counter?

No, it is a prescription-only medicine in the UK. You may buy Betacap online with our service after completing an assessment which is reviewed by our doctors who can provide a prescription for Betacap if appropriate.

Does Betacap come in a tablet?

No. In the UK, Betacap is only available as a topically applied solution.

Is Betacap shampoo?

No, Betacap is a lotion meaning it will not foam up like shampoo. The lotion is massaged into the scalp and left to dry. It is not designed to be washed off like shampoo. If required, washing of hair should be done prior to application.

Written by Clinical Pharmacist Tyson Wilkman


Info Leaflet

Before using any medicine, it is important that you read the patient information leaflet.


Warnings and Precautions

You must speak to your doctor or pharmacist before using Betacap solution if:

  • You have or suspect a scalp infection
  • You are treating scalp psoriasis and have not had a condition progress check
  • You have been using other scalp corticosteroids excessively

It is important that you do not use the treatment more than instructed by your doctor or health professional. Doing so (especially in babies and children) may increase the risk of side effects such as skin thinning, adrenal suppression and blurred vision. If you experience any of these side effects, consult a doctor.

Avoid solution contact with your eyes, mouth and nose.

Other medicines and Betacap

There are no known interactions between Betacap and other medicines.

Betacap in pregnancy and breastfeeding

There is not enough clinical data for humans on the safety of Betacap during pregnancy and breastfeeding. It is therefore recommended not to use this treatment unless under direct instructions and supervision by your doctor.


For other safety considerations, please read the patient information leaflet.


Betacap ingredients

The active ingredient of Betacap is Betamethasone valerate 0.1% w/w.

The other ingredients that make up the lotion are macrogol-7-glycerol cocoate, isopropyl alcohol, carbomer, sodium hydroxide and purified water.

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