Medically reviewed by Militian Inessa Mesropovna, PharmD. Last updated on 2020-03-22
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Short-term topical treatment of tinea infections due to Trichophyton rubrum; T.mentagrophytes; Epidermophyton floccusum and Microsporum canis; candidiasis due to Candida albicans.
Adults and children over the age of 12 years. Topical administration twice daily for two weeks (tinea cruris, tinea corporis and candidiasis) or for four weeks (tinea pedis).
Beta-Micoter cream is not recommended for children under the age of twelve years.
Method of administration
Topical administration only.
Beta-Micoter is contraindicated in those patients with a history of sensitivity to any of its components or to other corticosteroids or imidazoles.
If irritation or sensitisation develops with the use of Beta-Micoter cream, treatment should be discontinued and appropriate therapy instituted.
Beta-Micoter is contraindicated in facial rosacea, acne vulgaris, perioral dermatitis, napkin eruptions and bacterial or viral infections.
Local and systemic toxicity is common especially following long continued use on large areas of damaged skin and in flexures. If used on the face, courses should be limited to 5 days.
Beta-Micoter CREAM SHOULD NOT BE USED WITH OCCLUSIVE DRESSING.
Topical corticosteroids may be hazardous in psoriasis for a number of reasons including rebound relapses following the development of tolerance, risk of generalised pustular psoriasis and local and systemic toxicity due to impaired barrier function of the skin.
Any of the side effects that are reported following systemic use of corticosteroids, including adrenal suppression, manifestation of Cushing's syndrome, hyperglycemia, and glycosuria may also occur with topical steroids, especially in infants and children.
Beta-Micoter Cream is not intended for ophthalmic use.
Visual disturbance may be reported with systemic and topical (including, intranasal, inhaled and intraocular) corticosteroid use. If a patient presents with symptoms such as blurred vision or other visual disturbances, the patient should be considered for referral to an ophthalmologist for evaluation of possible causes of visual disturbances which may include cataract, glaucoma or rare diseases such as central serous chorioretinopathy (CSCR) which have been reported after use of systemic and topical corticosteroids.
- Long term continuous therapy should be avoided in all children irrespective of age.
- Beta-Micoter cream should not be used with adhesive dressing.
- The safety and effectiveness of Beta-Micoter cream has not been established in children below the age of 12.
- If used on children, courses should be limited to 5 days.
Hypothalamic-pituitary adrenal axis suppression, Cushing's syndrome and intracranial hypertension have been reported in children receiving topical corticosteroids. Manifestation of adrenal suppression in children include linear growth retardation, delayed weight gain, low plasma cortisol levels, and absence of response to ACTH stimulation. Manifestation of intracranial hypertension include bulging fontanelles, headaches, and bilateral papilloedema.
Beta-Micoter cream has no influence on the ability to drive and use machines.
Adverse reactions reported for Beta-Micoter include: burning and stinging, maculopapular rash, oedema, paraesthesia and secondary infection.
Reported reactions to clotrimazole include erythema, stinging, blistering, peeling, oedema, pruritus, urticaria and general irritation of the skin.
Reactions to betamethasone dipropionate include: burning, itching, irritation, dryness, folliculitis, hypertrichosis, acneiform eruptions, hyperpigmentation, hypopigmentation, perioral dermatitis, allergic contact dermatitis, maceration of the skin, secondary infection, skin atrophy, striae miliaria, capillary fragility (ecchymoses), blurred vision and sensitisation.
In children receiving topical corticosteroids, Hypothalamic-pituitary adrenal (HPA) axis suppression (HPA) axis suppression, Cushing's syndrome and intracranial hypertension have been reported.
Reporting of suspected adverse reactions
Reporting suspected adverse reactions after authorisation of the medicinal product is important. It allows continued monitoring of the benefit/risk balance of the medicinal product. Healthcare professionals are asked to report any suspected adverse reactions via the Yellow Card Scheme at: www.mhra.gov.uk/yellowcard or search for MHRA Yellow Card in the Google Play or Apple App Store.
Acute overdosage with topical application of Beta-Micoter cream is unlikely and would not be expected to lead to a life-threatening situation; however topically applied corticosteroids can be absorbed in sufficient amounts to produce systemic effects.
Toxic effects are unlikely to occur following accidental ingestion of Beta-Micoter cream. Signs of toxicology appearing after such accidental ingestion should be treated symptomatically.
Beta-Micoter Cream contains the dipropionate ester of betamethasone, a glucocorticoid exhibiting the general properties of corticosteroids, and clotrimazole which is an imidazole antifungal agent.
Topical corticosteroids are effective in the treatment of a range of dermatoses because of their anti-inflammatory anti-pruritic and vasoconstrictive actions.
Clotrimazole is a broad-spectrum antifungal agent with activity against Trichomones, Staphylococci and Bacteroides.
Beta-Micoter is intended for treatment of skin conditions and is applied topically. Thus there are minimal pharmacokinetic aspects related to bioavailability at the site of action.
Clotrimazole penetrates the epidermis after topical administration but there is little, if any, systemic absorption.
The extent of percutaneous absorption of topical corticosteroids is determined by many factors including vehicle, integrity of skin and use of occlusion.
Systemically absorbed topical corticosteroids are bound to plasma proteins metabolised in the liver and excreted by the kidneys. Some corticosteroids and their metabolites are also excreted in the bile.
There are no pre-clinical data of relevance to the prescriber which are additional to that already included in other sections of this SmPC.
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