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betamethasone systemic (celestone)

available over the counter: no

uses: to treat diseases which involve inflammation, such as arthritis, allergic reactions, asthma, some skin diseases, multiple sclerosis flare ups, and other autoimmune disorders

mechanism of action: mimics effects of corticosteroids; depresses the production, release and activity of inflammatory producing substances

side effects
• common:
increased appetite, indigestion, nervousness, insomnia, susceptibility to infections, weight gain
• less common: dizziness, headache, sweating, facial hair growth, peptic ulcers, muscle weakness
• serious: visual difficulties, increased thirst, blistering of skin, rectal bleeding, euphoria, depression

concerns: avoid immunizations with live vaccines, as this medication may lower resistance to infection; 


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