What is Audavate RD ointment?
Audavate RD ointment contains 0.025% betamethasone valerate as an active component. This substance belongs to the steroid family, which is recognised for reducing inflammation and discomfort.
The "RD" in its name stands for "Ready Diluted," indicating that it has a less active component than Audavate or Betnovate. This makes it appropriate for:
- less severe atopic eczema
- maintaining skin condition once Audavate/Betnovate has improved symptoms.
Symptoms such as Itching, swelling, and irritated skin are treated Audavate RD ointment and can aid in the treatment of conditions such as:
- Contact dermatitis
Betamethasone skin treatments are only available with a prescription. They are available in creams, ointments, lotions, and foams for scalp treatments.
Betamethasone is more potent than conventional therapies, such as hydrocortisone skin creams. When other medications have not worked, betamethasone is usually used.
Betamethasone is a steroid (sometimes known as a corticosteroid) medication. This is not to be confused with an anabolic steroid.
Audavate RD cream vs ointment
Creams are ideal for weeping and wet skin.
Ointments are thicker and greasier than creams and are excellent for dry or flaky skin.
How to use Audavate RD ointment?
Always follow the instructions from your pharmacist or doctor. It is important that you read the patient information leaflet before using this ointment.
Betamethasone skin cream or ointment is typically applied once or twice daily.
Instructions for using the ointment
- Wash your hands.
- Gently massage the cream into the skin until it is entirely absorbed. To determine how much to use, use your fingertip.
- If the?ointment is supposed to be applied to your hands as part of the treatment, wash them again after using it.
- The amount of cream or ointment required is sometimes expressed in fingertip units. This is the quantity that fits on the tip of your finger.
- A fingertip unit of cream is usually adequate to treat an area twice the size of your palm.
Adults should use:
- 2 teaspoons of ointment should be sufficient for covering both hands or one foot.
- 3 ointment fingertips can be applied to one arm.
- 6 fingertips of ointment will cover one leg.
- 14 ointment fingertips will be used to cover the front and back of the body.
Don't be alarmed if you require a little more or less, this is only a guideline.
Possible side effects of Audavate RD Ointment
Common (affects fewer than 1 in 10 individuals):
- Sensation of burning, pain, irritation, or itching at the cream or ointment application site.
Side effects associated with prolonged use, excessive application, or use under airtight dressing or nappies:
Very Rare (affects fewer than 1 in 10,000 individuals):
- Increased susceptibility to infections.
- Allergic skin reactions at the application site.
- Skin rash, itchy, raised skin, or skin redness.
- Skin thinning, dryness, increased vulnerability, and potential for wrinkling.
- Development of stretch marks.
- Enhanced visibility of subcutaneous veins.
- Alterations in hair growth, including increased growth, reduced growth, or hair loss, and changes in skin pigmentation.
- Skin thinning, with increased susceptibility to damage.
- Weight gain, facial roundness, and high blood pressure, with a higher likelihood of occurrence in infants and children.
- Possible weakening of bones, leading to increased susceptibility to fractures.
- Formation of cataracts in the eye or increased eye pressure (glaucoma).
- Elevated blood sugar levels or the presence of sugar in urine.
- High blood pressure.
- Slower growth in children.