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Betamethasone

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Contributor(s):

Jill Pearson


Introduction

Name

  • Betamethasone.

Class of drug

Uses

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Indications

  • Anti-inflammatory - potency 8.75 times greater than prednisolone.
  • May have role in management of shock.

Administration

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Pharmacokinetics

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Precautions

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Interactions

with other drugs

Anti-epileptic drugs (phenobarbitone, phenytoin and primidone)
  • Metabolism of corticosteroids may be accelerated.
  • Increased risk of gastrointestinal ulceration if NSAIDs used concurrently.
  • Concurrent use of corticosteroids increases risk of hypokalemia.

with diagnostic tests

  • May increase urine glucose levels.
  • May decrease serum T3 and T4 values.

Adverse Reactions

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Further Reading

Publications

Refereed papers

Other sources of information

  • Based on Small Animal Formulary. Tennant Bryn (1999) 3rd edn. Cheltenham: BSAVA.
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