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Q: Prescription Medicines ( Answered 4 out of 5 stars,   3 Comments )
Subject: Prescription Medicines
Category: Health > Medicine
Asked by: windsurfer-ga
List Price: $10.00
Posted: 25 Jul 2002 19:37 PDT
Expires: 24 Aug 2002 19:37 PDT
Question ID: 45266
In the UK I was prescribed a skin cream called FUCIBET.  It appears to
be unavailable in the US.  My US doctor is happy to write a
prescription for an equivalent product if I can find one.  The active
ingredients are:

 betamethasone 0.1% (as valerate), fusidic acid 2%
Is there an equivalent product available in the US? If so what is it
and where can I get it?
Subject: Re: Prescription Medicines
Answered By: livioflores-ga on 26 Jul 2002 08:17 PDT
Rated:4 out of 5 stars
The fusidic acid is not commercially available in the USA, see:

U.S. National Library of Medicine
MEDLINEplus Drug Information: Fusidic Acid (Systemic)

So I think there are not an 100% equivalent cream in US but I find a
cream called Beta-Val (Betamethasone valerate 0.1%, no fusidic acid,
May be it will be useful to you.
You can buy it at "":
Mailing Address   Walgreen Co.
                  Consumer Relations - Mail Stop #2273
                  Deerfield, IL  60015 
Phone   877-250-5823
The direct link to buy Beta-Val is:

This medication is used to treat swelling, inflammation, ...or itching
of skin conditions such as eczema, dermatitis, rashes, ...insect
bites, poison ivy, allergies and other irritations. Very close to the
Fucibet use.
For complete info about this product you can see:
"Destination RX - Drug Info"

Let me know if that satisfied you as an answer, if not please request
for a clarification.
Best Regards
windsurfer-ga rated this answer:4 out of 5 stars
I'd pretty much figured this out for myself - but the fact that you
came to the same conclusion is reassuring

Subject: Re: Prescription Medicines
From: ames-ga on 25 Jul 2002 20:35 PDT
Hello windsurfer,

It appears you have posted your question twice, where this posting
contains the ingredients for the product in question. You might want
to cancel one of the postings so you don't get charged twice.


Subject: Re: Prescription Medicines
From: sublime1-ga on 25 Jul 2002 23:41 PDT
Hi Windsurfer....

Since my answer is that there is no comparable formulation, I will
post it as
a comment, and save you any expense.

The following page:

states: "Other medicines containing the same active ingredients:

No matching medicines were found."

The site is based in the UK, so there is still a possibility]
that US formulations were not included in this assessment.

The site indicates that the primary use of this med is for eczema,
and there are several online support groups listed at the bottom 
of the page, to which I would add:

as a source of alternatives to Fucibet, since there are some drawbacks
to steroidal contents, in the long term.

Searches, via Google:

fucibet + alternatives

betamethasone + "fusidic acid"

Best wishes....
Subject: Re: Prescription Medicines
From: windsurfer-ga on 29 Jul 2002 19:21 PDT
Yes - but one is around the equivalenct product issue, the other is
simply is there some "back-door" source where I can buy the Fucibet
(proabably a Euro website)

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