Celestone Soluspan (Betamethasone) is used to treat many different inflammatory conditions such as allergic reactions, ulcerative colitis, arthritis, lupus, multiple sclerosis, inflammation of the joints or tendons, and problems caused by low adrenal gland hormone levels. Celestone may also be used for purposes not listed above. Betamethasone belongs to a class of medications called corticosteroids, and works by suppressing the immune system, and blocking substances in the body that cause inflammation.
Canadian Pharmacy King currently offers the brand Celestone Soluspan Injection from Canada by Merck. Celestone Soluspan Injection is available in the strength of 6 mg/ml, one ml and 6 ml vials. The generic version is not available.
Common side effects of Celestone Soluspan Injection may include headache, depression, mood swings, sleep problems, numbness, tingling, burning pain, skin redness, itching, or discolouration, thinning skin, stretch marks, muscle weakness, nausea, bloating, or stomach pain.
Contact your doctor immediately if you notice more serious side effects such as:
• Any wound that will not heal;
• A seizure;
• Blurred vision, tunnel vision, eye pain, or seeing halos around lights;
• Bumps on the skin, or raised blotches (purple, pink, brown, or red);
• Chest pain, swollen glands;
• Fast, slow, or irregular heartbeats;
• Pain and swelling or stiffness in your joints with fever or general ill feeling;
• Severe depression, changes in personality, unusual thoughts or behaviour;
• Severe pain in your upper stomach spreading to your back;
• Signs of increased adrenal gland hormones (weight gain in your face and shoulders, slow wound healing, skin discolouration, thinning skin, increased body hair, tiredness, mood changes, menstrual changes, sexual changes);
• Swelling, rapid weight gain, shortness of breath
Celestone can affect growth in children. Tell your doctor if your child is not growing at a normal rate while using this medication.
This is not a complete list of side effects. If you notice any other side effects not listed here, please contact your doctor or pharmacist.
You should not use Celestone Soluspan Injection if you are allergic to betamethasone, or if you have idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura (ITP). To make sure Celestone is safe for you, tell your doctor if you have ever had heart disease, high blood pressure, a thyroid disorder, a parasite infection that causes diarrhea, a herpes infections of the eyes, a muscle disorder such as myasthenia gravis, kidney disease, cirrhosis or other liver disease, mental illness or psychosis, a stomach ulcer, diverticulitis, colostomy or ileostomy, a perforation (hole or tear) in your stomach or intestines, malaria, or osteoporosis or low bone mineral density. Tell your doctor if you have ever had tuberculosis or if anyone in your household has tuberculosis. Also tell your doctor if you have recently traveled. Tuberculosis and some fungal infections are more common in certain parts of the world, and you may have been exposed during travel. It is not known whether Celestone will harm an unborn baby. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant. It may not be safe to breastfeed while using this medicine. Ask your doctor about any risk. Do not receive a “live” vaccine, such as measles, mumps, rubella, polio, rotavirus, typhoid, yellow fever, chickenpox, shingles, and influenza.
The vaccine may not work as well, and may not fully protect you from disease. While using this medication, your immune system may be weakened. Avoid being near people who are sick or have infections. Call your doctor for preventive treatment if you are exposed to chicken pox or measles. These conditions can be serious or even fatal in people who are using steroid medication. Celestone may interact with several medications, especially arthritis medications, antidepressant medications, fluoroquinolone antibiotics, contrast agents for medical imaging, and medication used to treat seizures. This is not a complete list of interactions, and others may occur. Tell your doctor about any medications, vitamins, or herbal supplements you are currently taking or have recently taken in order to reduce the risk of any possible interactions.
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