Quick facts

  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Asthma
  • Allergy
  • Skin allergies
  • Allergic rhinitis
  • Hay fever
  • Lupus
  • Inflammatory bowel disease
  • Myositis- inflammation of muscles
  • Vasculitis- inflammation of blood vessels
  • Nephrotic syndrome
  • Eczema
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Cough
  • Post-transplant to prevent organ rejection

Betnesol Tablet 0.5mg

by GSK

Betnesol tablets contain betamethasone- a corticosteroid that helps lower inflammatory response.

Rs. 22
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Betnesol Tablet Uses

Betnesol contains betamethasone, which is a corticosteroid drug. It has anti-inflammatory properties that make it useful in treating inflammatory disorders. Corticosteroids are also given when your immune system becomes hyperactive. Generally, your immune system works to protect your body. It does that by sensing any foreign bodies and fighting against them. But sometimes, when it does not work fine, it senses the human organs as foreign and produces antibodies against them. In these conditions, corticosteroids play an essential role in stopping inflammatory responses.

Betamethasone is used in inflammatory conditions such as asthma, allergies, inflammatory bowel diseases, rheumatoid arthritis, systemic lupus erythematosus, vasculitis, myositis, and other various conditions. Your healthcare provider will prescribe it to you depending on the condition you have.

Betnesol Tablet 0.5mg formula

  • Betamethasone

Available forms

  • Tablet
  • Oral Drops
  • Injection

Risks and warnings

You should know the risks and warnings of Betnesol to prevent its misuse.

There are some specific circumstances under which the use of certain medications is contraindicated or considered dangerous. So if you are taking any medicine its always a good practice to familiarize yourself with its risks and warnings.

The risks and warnings associated with Betnesol are:

Heart diseases

Patients with heart disease, like prior heart attacks, must take it with caution. Tell your healthcare provider about your heart history if they prescribe you Betnesol.


If you have glaucoma, you should take Betnesol with extreme caution, as it can raise the intraocular pressure of the eyes. Tell your healthcare provider about glaucoma when they prescribe you a corticosteroid. Take it only on their advice. Otherwise, avoid its use.


Long-term corticosteroid use can elevate blood glucose levels. Therefore if you have diabetes, it can affect your blood sugar levels. You must tell your healthcare provider about it. They might increase your insulin dose for some time, until you are on corticosteroid therapy.

Active Infections

If you have any active infections, you should take corticosteroids with extreme caution, as they can hinder your healing. However, in some cases, your healthcare provider might prescribe it in the active infectious phase. But take it only when your healthcare provider prescribes it.


If you have had a stroke, exercise caution with Betnesol intake.


Hypertensive patients must take Betnesol with caution, as it retains water in their body, leading to increased blood pressure. However, it will not always raise your blood pressure to a dangerous extent. But you should be selective with its intake, especially if you have hypertension.

Congestive heart failure

Patients suffering from congestive heart failure- a condition in which the heart can not pump blood efficiently. Therefore take Betnesol with caution, as it can cause fluid retention and worsen your health.


People with edema due to any condition must take Betnesol with caution as it retains water in their body, which can worsen it. Your healthcare provider will prescribe it, considering the risk versus benefit ratio.

Gastric ulcers

People suffering from gastric ulcers and acidity must take Betnesol with extreme caution because it inhibits the chemicals that protect the lining of your gastrointestinal tract. If you have a complaint of a stomach ache or vomiting with Betnesol intake, you must report to the healthcare provider soon.

Betnesol can cause ulceration in your stomach lining, when taken, in the long term.

Kidney disease

If your kidneys are not functioning well, your healthcare provider may prescribe milder supplements, or lower dosages, to not overwhelm your kidneys.

Our kidneys perform the vital task of removing toxins and waste products from the body. However, when kidneys are malfunctioning, naturally, their output is decreased i.e., less waste is removed from the body. Thus, patients should put less load on the kidney, as otherwise, the toxins accumulate in the body, which harms the person's health.

Chronic Leg Ulcers

If you have chronic leg ulcers that are not healing fast, you should avoid the intake of Betnesol tablets as it can interfere with recovery.

Liver diseases

The liver does the metabolism and excretion of drugs in the body. However, in cases where the liver is not working efficiently due to failure or disease, drugs get accumulated in the body. That jeopardizes the health of the person. Thus, people with liver failure should take medicines with caution.

Thyroid Disease

If you have thyroid disease, you should take a Betnesol tablet with caution.

Recent Surgery

Corticosteroids can affect your healing and recovery. Therefore you should avoid their use just after surgery. However, your healthcare provider will prescribe it based on the risk versus benefit ratio.

How to use Betnesol Tablet 0.5mg?

  • It is suggested that you take the supplement with food, as it can cause gastric irritation when taken on an empty stomach.
  • Moreover, take the tablets at the dose and frequency prescribed by your doctor.
  • Before stopping the use of the Betnesol tablet, you should consult your healthcare provider.

Betnesol Side Effects

Generally, Betnesol tablet is tolerated well. But sometimes, especially when taken for a long term, it can cause side effects, such as:

  • fast heart rate
  • feeling unwell (malaise)
  • fluid retention
  • electrolyte disturbances, especially hypokalemia
  • glaucoma
  • hiccups
  • high blood pressure (hypertension)
  • decreased glucose tolerance
  • decreased resistance to infection
  • delayed wound healing
  • depression
  • diabetes mellitus
  • increased appetite
  • increased pressure in the eye
  • increased requirements for insulin
  • abdominal bloating
  • difficulty falling asleep
  • discoloring of the skin
  • dizziness
  • dry and scaly skin
  • elevation of serum liver enzyme levels
  • emotional instability
  • abdominal fat deposits
  • abnormal hair growth
  • abscess
  • acne
  • adrenal suppression
  • blurred vision
  • break in the stomach lining
  • brittle bones putting you at risk of fractures
  • cataracts
  • worsening of congestive heart failure
  • Cushingoid state
  • nausea
  • nervousness
  • numbness and tingling
  • oral hypoglycemic adrenocortical and pituitary unresponsiveness
  • post-injection flare (heat, redness, swelling, and pain)
  • sodium retention
  • spinning sensation (vertigo)
  • enlarged heart
  • enlarged liver
  • fainting
  • increased sweating
  • irregular heartbeat
  • mood swings
  • moon face or round appearance due to fat deposits
  • muscle weakness
  • sugar in the urine
  • suppressed reactions to skin tests
  • suppression of growth in children
  • thinning scalp hair
  • ulcerative esophagitis
  • weight gain

Drug Interactions

Betnesol tablets can interact with the following medications:

  • Antibiotics- especially macrolide
  • Anticholinesterases
  • Oral anticoagulants
  • Antidiabetic drugs
  • Diuretics except potassium sparing diuretic
  • Antitubercular drugs
  • Cholestyramine
  • Aminoglutethimide
  • Amphotericin B injection
  • Potassium-depleting agents
  • Cyclosporine
  • Digitalis glycosides
  • Estrogens, including oral contraceptives
  • Hepatic enzyme inducers such as barbiturates, phenytoin,
  • carbamazepine, rifampin
  • Antifungals such as ketoconazole
  • Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory agents (NSAIDs)

To prevent drug interactions, you should give a detailed history to your healthcare provider. Include your current medical conditions about your physical and mental health alongside previous experience with any health complications. Similarly, also enlist your risk factors. That will give the doctor a holistic view of your health, and they can accordingly adjust the dosage, frequency, or type of the medicine, to prevent drug interactions.

Storage Conditions

  • Keep the medicine out of sight and reach of children.
  • Store at room temperature.


Frequently Asked Questions

What is the price of Betnesol Tablet 0.5mg in Pakistan?

The Betnesol Tablet 0.5mg price in Pakistan is Rs. 22

What is Betnesol Tablet 0.5mg used for?

Betnesol Tablet 0.5mg is used in the following conditions:
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Asthma
  • Allergy
  • Skin allergies
  • Allergic rhinitis
  • Hay fever
  • Lupus
  • Inflammatory bowel disease
  • Myositis- inflammation of muscles
  • Vasculitis- inflammation of blood vessels
  • Nephrotic syndrome
  • Eczema
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Cough
  • Post-transplant to prevent organ rejection

What is Betnesol Tablet 0.5mg composed of?

Betnesol Tablet 0.5mg is composed of:
  • Betamethasone

Do you need a prescription to buy Betnesol Tablet 0.5mg?

To buy Betnesol Tablet 0.5mg you must have a prescription signed by your doctor.


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