Betacap Scalp Application

Medication features:

  • A prescription-only medicine
  • Designed to be used on the scalp
  • Contains the active ingredient betamethasone valerate


Available strengths:

0.1% w/w


Price £14.99

Includes free private prescriptions

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What is Betacap Scalp Application

Betacap is a scalp application that is used for the treatment of inflammatory scalp disorders. This irritation of the causes a compromise in the immune system, by releasing various chemicals that cause the surrounding blood vessels to widen, this results in the affected area becoming itchy, red, and swollen. Betacap helps relieve this by using its main active ingredient, a potent corticosteroid called betamethasone valerate. Other ingredients also include Macrogol 7 Glyceryl Cocoate (a water-dispersible derivative of coconut oil) Isopropyl Alcohol; Carbomer, Sodium Hydroxide, and Purified Water. It is a clear and colourless liquid. Betamethasone valerate is also used for other conditions that involve inflammatory disorders of the skin; these include conditions such as psoriasis and eczema. 

How effective Is Betacap?

Betacap is a fast-acting and potent corticosteroid, it is very effective and is often used when treatments involving other corticosteroids are proved to be ineffective, this is because Betacaps active ingredient is much more potent than other solutions involving Corticosteroid. Although to purchase the medicine, you do need a prescription, so before purchase, please consult your doctor.

Can I buy Betacap online? 

Betacap comes in bottles of 1x100ml, 2x100ml, and 3x100ml and can be purchased for a very affordable price from most online pharmacies; however, to buy the medication, you do need a prescription. So please consult your doctor beforehand.

Feel free to speak to medical professionals at Click Pharmacy if you need further advice on how to use the medication or if it right for you. 

How does Betacap work?

The way Betacap does its wonders is via its main active ingredient, Betamethasone valerate, a very potent and efficient corticosteroid. These are used for reducing inflammation and works very well when it comes to relieving inflammatory conditions involving scalps. When betamethasone is applied to the skin, it works within the cells to inhibit the release of the various chemicals that cause the discomforting symptoms.

How should I take Betacap? 

Before any use, it is worth knowing that Betacap is only for use when it comes to conditions like eczema or other conditions involving the scalp.

Repeat the following twice a day, In the morning and evening, continue use until you see improvement in the condition of your scalp. For adults and the elderly, if using shampoo, use Betacap after drying your hair.

Carefully turn the bottle upside down over your head, holding the nozzle against the part of the scalp that needs to be treated. Once this is done, gently squeeze the bottle to coat the affected area with a thin layer of the medicine. Gently massage the affected area to rub in the application; this prevents it from running off. Allow the treatment to dry naturally, and do not use a hairdryer. Your scalp will feel cool until the liquid has dried; this is the active ingredient doing its wonders. After use, always wash your hands.

When the person that will undergo the treatment is a child (over the age of one), follow the same instructions as for adults, but do use the product more sparingly. Never use more than the necessary amount on a child. When using the product, do not cover the child’s head with a tight dressing. If the child is undergoing treatment for seborrhoeic dermatitis, do not use the product for more than 7 days.

If Betacap gets into your eye, rinse thoroughly with water until the medicine is absent, if irritation persists, go and consult a doctor immediately. 

How long do I take Betacap and what dosage? 

This depends on how your condition reacts to the medication and how severe your condition was before use. The dose for adults, elderly and children consists of 2 uses a day, once in the morning and once at night if using shampoo, use after hair is dry, as the use of Betacap continues and your condition gradually improves, you can use Betacap less often, eventually using it once a day or even less, depending on how your condition reacts to the medicine.

What are the side effects of Betacap? 

The betacap solution does have side effects and affects people in different ways, some of the undesired effects include irritation of the skin at the application site, thinning of the skin, an allergic reaction to the medication, causing inflammation, stretch marks, a change in the pigmentation in the skin, a prominence of groups of blood vessels, and an excessive growth of hair in the application area. If you experience any of these side effects, and you believe that they connected the Betacap, stop taking the medication and immediately consult your doctor, as this are could potentially become infected.

When shouldn’t I take Betacap?

Do not use Betacap if you are allergic to any of the active or secondary ingredients, as this could lead to a potentially dangerous allergic reaction. Do not use this medication on Children under the age of one. If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, you should not use this medication unless deemed essential by your doctor, you should not use this medication on large areas of skin, underneath tight dressing, or for a prolonged period. If you suspect the discomfort on your scalp could be caused by an infection, be it by fungi, bacterial or viral, Betacap will not help as it is not designed for this.

What is the difference between Betacap, Psoriderm, and Dermovate?

A primary difference between Betacap and Dermovate is that Dermovate has a very potent and is only issued the conditions of the symptoms are extremely serious, whereas Betacap can be utilised in a more comprehensive manner.

A secondary difference between Betacap and Psoriderm is that Psoriderm primarily works as a coal tar. In contrast, Betacap is a corticosteroid, both having a similar target but using very different methods.

Betacap Scalp Alternatives

Betacap Scalp works for many individuals; however, it may be unsuitable for some. Whether that is due to allergies or if it just does not work, it is best to know the optimal treatment alternatives.

Primarily, the most common alternative to Betacap Scalp is Elocon Scalp Lotion. Elocon Scalp is a prescription-only treatment as it contains the potent steroid known as mometasone furoate. The treatment consists of only 0.1% of the steroid, but it is still considerably potent, so you should only use Elocon Scalp lotion on affected areas. In addition to this, Betnovate Scalp Lotion works just as well as Betacap Scalp Lotion. This is because Betnovate Scalp lotion is the brand name version of Betacap. Both treatments contain the same active ingredient.

If your condition does not seem to improve within a few weeks, stop using Betacap Scalp and instead try an alternative. Consult your GP.

Does Betcap Scalp Application help hair growth?

Although Betacap Scalp Application is not prescribed to treat hair loss, many patients have reported excessive hair growth as a side effect of using this product.

Can pregnant and breastfeeding women use Betacap Scalp Application?

Pregnant and breastfeeding women should refrain from using Betacap Scalp Application.

How long should children use Betacap Scalp Application for?

If you are using Betacap Scalp Application to treat seborrhoeic dermatitis in children you should not use this product for longer than 7 consecutive days.

How should I store Betacap Scalp Application?

You should store Betacap Scalp Application in a cool dry place, at room temperature, out of reach from children. Betacap Scalp Application is highly flammable, it should not be exposed to naked flames or burns.

Is Betacap Scalp Application suitable for children?

Betacap Scalp Application is not suitable for children under the age of 1 years old.

Can I use Betacap Scalp Application if I have a fungal infection in my scalp?

You should not use Betacap Scalp Application if you have a bacterial, viral or fungal infection in the scalp.

Can I use Betacap Scalp Application on wet hair?

You should ensure your scalp is fully dry before applying Betacap Scalp Application.

Using Betacap Scalp Application can cause several side effects, however not everyone will experience them. A commonly reported side effect is excessive hair growth. 
Some patients have reportedly experienced skin irritation, if you experience any irritation like sensations, such as tingling, redness and swelling, you should stop using Betacap Scalp Application immediately and consult with a GP or pharmacist who may advise you to use an alternative product.


Always read the patient information leaflet before starting your treatment. The patient information can be found here.

Authored by

Last reviewed 11 April 2023

Superintendent Pharmacist GPhC No.2220953

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