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About Betacap Scalp Application

Betacap Scalp Application contains the active ingredient betamethasone valerate 0.1%. Betamethasone valerate is classed as a topical steroid (topical corticosteroid) and is used for the treatment of inflammatory scalp disorders.

Inflammatory scalp conditions may occur when your immune system releases certain chemicals in response to your skin becoming irritated. These chemicals cause blood vessels in the surrounding area to dilate, causing the skin to become red and itchy, causing skin conditions such as seborrhoeic dermatitis, scalp psoriasis and eczema. Betacap scalp solution blocks the release of the chemicals causing the inflammation, helping to reduce the swelling, and soothe the redness and itching.

Betacap Scalp Application is available with a prescription only. NowPatient offers Betacap Scalp Application as a treatment for psoriasis only, following an online consultation with a prescribing clinician.

Key facts of Betacap Scalp Application

  • Betamethasone valerate is a fast acting potent corticosteroid used for the treatment of eczema and dermatitis
  • Betacap has some common side effects which include skin irritation
  • It can be dangerous if you use Betacap with certain medications. If you’re not sure if it is safe, discuss this with the prescribing clinician

Who is Betacap Scalp Application suitable for?

Betacap Scalp Application is usually only used if weaker corticosteroids have not been effective.

Who is Betacap Scalp Application not suitable for?

Betacap Scalp Application may not be suitable for some people. To make sure it’s safe for you, speak to the prescribing clinician before using if you:

  • Are allergic to Betacap Scalp Application or any of its active or inactive ingredients
  • Have a scalp infection
  • Have nut allergies, as Betacap contains coconut oil
  • Are pregnant, plan on becoming pregnant, or are breastfeeding

How and where to get Betacap Scalp Application?

Betacap 0.1% is a prescription-only medicine. It is not available over the counter at a pharmacy.

NowPatient does not allow customers to buy Betacap 0.1% scalp solution directly. Our service is certified, safe and effective, and we only ever treat conditions. If you book a consultation with one of our prescribers for the treatment of psoriasis, you can discuss if Betacap Scalp Application is a suitable treatment option for you.

At the end of the consultation, the clinician will decide if a treatment plan is suitable for you. If it is, the clinician will issue you with a prescription which can then be ordered, paid for and delivered directly to your chosen address by NowPatient.

Dosage and strength for Betacap Scalp Application for psoriasis

Betacap Scalp Application is available as a 0.1% solution when used for psoriasis.

Information about how to take Betacap Scalp Application for psoriasis

Make sure your hair and scalp are dry before using Betacap. Using the nozzle of the bottle, apply Betacap sparingly to the affected areas of the scalp twice a day. Massage the solution into the scalp. Allow to dry naturally. Do not use a hair dryer. Avoid getting the solution on your face or in your eyes. Wash thouroughly if this happens. Betacap Scalp Application is for external use only.

Read the patient information leaflet supplied with your medication or speak to a healthcare professional if you need further medical advice.

What happens if you use too much Betacap Scalp Application?

If you use more than prescribed, then it can lead to some unpleasant side effects. You should talk to your doctor or reach out to one of our prescribing clinicians, if you have used too much Betacap Scalp Application and you experience any side effects.

What are the side effects of Betacap?

Possible side effects of Betacap Scalp Application include:

  • Skin irritation
  • Blisters
  • Skin thinning
  • Adrenal suppression after long-term use
  • Excessive hair growth and a reduction in hair loss

If you experience any serious side effects, you should contact NHS 111.

If you experience a serious allergic reaction with the signs shown below you should contact emergency services on 999.

  • Your lips, mouth, throat or tongue suddenly become swollen
  • You’re breathing very fast or struggling to breathe (you may become very wheezy or feel like you’re choking or gasping for air)
  • Your throat feels tight or you’re struggling to swallow
  • Your skin, tongue or lips turn blue, grey or pale (if you have black or brown skin, this may be easier to see on the palms of your hands or soles of your feet)
  • You suddenly become very confused, drowsy or dizzy
  • Someone faints and cannot be woken up

Always report adverse effects to the MHRA yellow card reporting system. You can read more about this here How and where do I report side effects of my medication? – NowPatient

Information about using Betacap Scalp Application at the same time as other medications or herbal supplements

There is not enough evidence to suggest there are any drug interactions between herbal supplements and Betacap Scalp Application. In any event, you should let your prescribing clinician know if you are taking any herbal supplements.

Can Betacap Scalp Application used for psoriasis be used long term?

Betacap Scalp Application normally works within 2 weeks. Speak to your doctor if you see no improvement in your psoriasis after this time.

Is there a herbal Betacap Scalp Application?

No. Herbal Betacap Scalp Application does not exist. If you have been marketed such a formulation, it may be fake.

Can women use Betacap Scalp Application?

Women can use Betacap Scalp Application for the treatment of psoriasis, but are advised to speak to a doctor first if pregnant, if planning on becoming pregnant, or are breastfeeding.

Should I avoid any particular food or drink when using Betacap Scalp Application?

You can eat and drink normally when using Betacap Scalp Application for psoriasis. However, avoiding red meat, citrus fruit, processed foods, limiting grains, seafood, dairy, and eggs, aswell as eating large amounts of fruits and vegetables, may help improve your psoriasis.

What lifestyle changes can I make to help me with psoriasis?

Modify your lifestyle in a number of ways. This may have a positive impact on your psoriasis.

  • Reduce stress
  • Reduce illnesses, especially strep infections
  • Avoid skin injury
  • Limit alcohol intake
  • Stop smoking
  • Avoid certain foods

Alternatives to Betacap Scalp Application

Alternatives for the treatment of psoriasis include Betnovate, Elocon Scalp Lotion, and Diprosalic scalp application.


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The information provided here about medications is subject to change and is not meant to include all uses, precautions, warnings, directions, drug interactions, allergic reactions, or negative effects. The absence of warnings or other information for a particular medication does not imply that the medication or medication combination is appropriate for all patients or for all possible purposes.

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