Betnovate Cream & Ointment
  • Betnovate Cream & Ointment
  • Betnovate Cream & Ointment


Medication features

  • Helps to treat eczema & other skin conditions
  • Available as a cream or ointment
  • Active ingredient is  betamethasone valerate
  • Not to be applied on the face, neck, or sensitive areas of skin


Order Betnovate Cream Or Ointment Online

Betnovate cream or ointment can be ordered from our UK registered online doctor and pharmacy service. Simply complete an online medical questionnaire as part of your order. This helps our doctors make sure it is safe and suitable to prescribe for you. 

If approved by our doctors, our pharmacy team will receive a prescription. This will be dispensed and dispatched to your delivery address.

This service is only available to patients who have been prescribed this medicine by their GP or dermatologist previously. You should be regularly monitored by your GP or dermatologist when using this medicine.

What is Betnovate?

Betnovate is a brand of medicine that contains the active ingredient betamethasone valerate. This is a steroid medication which is used in the treatment of eczema and other inflammatory skin conditions like psoriasis. Cream and ointment forms are available and it is a prescription-only medicine.

Betnovate is stronger than some other eczema creams. It is usually prescribed if weaker creams have not worked. It is a topical steroid known as a corticosteroid.

How does it work?

Eczema is also known as dermatitis. It is a common, long-term condition that causes the skin to become dry, itchy, and inflamed.

An eczema flare-up can cause the skin barrier to become damaged. This may cause water to leave the skin and lead to itching and dryness. This is thought to make it easier for allergens (something that causes an allergic response) to irritate the skin and cause inflammation.

Betnovate and other steroid creams work on the skin cells to reduce the allergic response of the skin. This reduces the inflammation, swelling, and redness associated with eczema.

Applying Betnovate

You should apply it exactly as your doctor has told you to. Usually, it is applied once or twice daily. Like other steroid creams, you should only apply a thin layer. This is because applying too much steroid cream can cause thinning of the skin.

When applying steroid creams you may be advised to use fingertip units as a guide. See section 3 of the patient information leaflet to see a description of fingertip units. This gives you a guide of how much cream or ointment to apply to different parts of the body. Wash your hands before and after applying Betnovate.

It is available as a cream or an ointment. Ointments are usually thicker and greasier and more suitable for dry, hairless skin. Creams tend to be less greasy and are better for moist or weepy skin.

Wait 30 minutes after applying Betnovate before you apply any other products, like moisturisers or emollients. If the affected skin does not improve within about 2 weeks of using Betnovate, speak to your doctor or pharmacist.


Many steroid creams are available to treat eczema flare-ups. Topical steroids range from mild to very potent. Betnovate 0.1% is a potent topical steroid. Examples of other topical steroids include:


What is Betnovate used for?

Betnovate cream or ointment is used to treat skin conditions that cause inflammation. This includes conditions such as eczema, psoriasis, and dermatitis.

Is Betnovate a steroid?

Yes, betamethasone is the active ingredient in Betnovate. This is known as a corticosteroid and is not the same thing as an anabolic steroid.

Is Betnovate stronger than hydrocortisone?

Hydrocortisone is another topical steroid used to treat conditions like eczema. Topical hydrocortisone is considered to be a mild steroid. Betamethasone 0.1% is considered a potent steroid, meaning it is stronger than hydrocortisone. 

Another type of hydrocortisone, called hydrocortisone butyrate, can also be prescribed. This is considered a potent steroid.

How long does Betnovate take to work?

Your skin should improve after a few days of using it. Your doctor will tell you how long to use it for. If there is no improvement after around 2 weeks or so, speak to your doctor or pharmacist for advice. 

Can I buy Betnovate over the counter?

No, it is not available to buy over the counter. It is a prescription-only medicine which means you can only get it with a prescription.

Can I order Betnovate online?

Yes, Betnovate ointment and Betnovate cream (UK) can be ordered online from Simple Online Pharmacy. Our UK doctors ask you to complete an online consultation before ordering. Our doctors then check this to make sure it is safe to prescribe for you. A prescription is then sent to our pharmacy team and the medicine is delivered to your address using Royal Mail as a delivery service.

Content Reviewed: 10/11/2020

Side Effects

Betnovate is unlikely to have side effects if you use it as directed by your doctor. Side effects are more likely to happen if you use it on large areas of skin or you use it for long periods of time. Applying too much, or applying it to sensitive areas of the skin like the face, also increases the chances of side effects. 

The most common side effect is a feeling of pain, itching, irritation, or burning in the affected area. 

If your skin worsens or changes (e.g lighter or darker, hair loss) when using Betnovate, stop using it immediately and speak to your doctor. See section 4 of the patient information leaflet for further information on serious side effects.


Info Leaflet

Before taking any medication, it is important to read the Patient Information Leaflet. You can find information leaflets for your medicines by typing them into the search bar at, or by contacting us.


Other conditions and Betnovate

Betnovate is not suitable in some circumstances. People who have had an allergic reaction to betamethasone or any of the ingredients in Betnovate should not use it. Women who are pregnant or breastfeeding should also not use it. 

People with acne, rosacea, and a type of psoriasis called plaque psoriasis should not apply Betnovate to these skin problems. Applying Betnovate to those skin conditions can make them worse. Betnovate should not be used on infected skin unless your doctor has prescribed an anti-infective medicine to use with it.

See the patient information leaflet for further information.

Interactions with other medicines

Betnovate generally does not interact with other medicines but you should tell your doctor about other medicines you take. If you use other topical products, like moisturisers, leave at least 30 minutes between applying Betnovate and other products.

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