What is erispan?

Erispan® is a synthetic medication whose active principle is betamethasone , a chemical compound with an anti-inflammatory effect, belonging to the line of drugs called corticosteroids that is used to regulate the body’s autoimmune response.

To highlight: This medicine has a patent from the company named “MAVER Laboratories” . (1)

What is the erispan used for?

  • Due to its mechanism of action, erispan® prevents and suppresses the manifestations that originate in inflammatory processes, which occur for various reasons in patients. 
  • It is used to treat: 
    • Covid 19. (2)
    • Hypercalcemia.
    • Postoperative nausea and vomiting . (3)
    • Thyroiditis.
    • Rheumatic and collagen diseases, rheumatoid arthritis.
    • Bacterial meningitis. (4)
    • Wegener’s granulomatosis.
    • Patients with dermatomyositis and polymyositis, polyarteritis nodosa, relapsing polychondritis, polymyalgia rheumatica.
    • Dermatological diseases such as pemphigus and pemphigoid, exfoliative dermatitis , bullous dermatitis herpetiformis, among others.
    • Patients with severe allergic conditions such as bronchial asthma, seasonal or perennial allergic rhinitis, atypical dermatitis, urticaria or other types.
    • Acute optic neuritis.
    • Acute respiratory distress syndrome. (5)
    • Sarcoidosis, advanced pulmonary and extrapulmonary tuberculosis.
    • Inflammatory muscle disorders such as fibrosis and myositis, which are responsive to corticosteroid treatment.

Dosage and routes of administration of erispan

The presentation of erispan® is in injectable solution per box with 1, 2 or 5 vials of 1 ml with 4 mg/ml with or without syringe; box with 1 vial of 2 ml with 8 mg/ml with or without syringe and box with 1 vial of 5 ml with 20 mg/ml with or without syringe. 

The administration of this drug is intramuscularly or intravenously, as recommended by the treating physician and the dose for information may be as follows:

  • Children from 1 to 5 years of age: It is recommended to start therapy with 2 mg of erispan® or according to the appreciation of the treating physician.
  • Adults: One vial every 6 or 8 hours according to the appreciation of the treating physician.

Note: This dosage is general and the amount, dosage and duration of administration of erispan® should be decided by the treating physician.

erispan side effects

The use of erispan® can cause in certain patients some of the following adverse effects :

  • Possible allergic reactions from contact with any component of the formula.
  • Vertebral fractures.
  • Peptic ulcer .
  • Muscular weakness.
  • Hemorrhage.
  • Sodium retention .
  • Potassium loss , fluid retention .
  • Decreased appetite.
  • Swelling, redness, itching, bumps, red dots on the skin.
  • Possible seizures, vertigo and headache.

Important: If any of these symptoms appear during treatment with erispan®, please stop using it and notify your doctor.

Contraindications and warnings of erispan

Medications such as erispan® are contraindicated in the following circumstances:

  • Hypersensitivity towards any of the components of the formula.
  • Patients with coagulation problems.
  • People who are being treated with anticoagulant drugs.
  • In people who are allergic to local anesthetics.
  • In women during the stage of pregnancy.
  • During the lactation period .
  • Patients who have fungal infections .

You should know: Provide all the information about your health history to your doctor, before starting treatment with erispan®.

Avoid if you have:

  • Nonspecific ulcerative colitis
  • Diverticulitis, recent intestinal anastomosis.
  • Active or latent gastrointestinal ulcer.
  • erosive esophagitis .
  • Renal failure, congestive heart failure, hypertension, and myasthenia gravis.


  • This pharmaceutical product should not be mixed with the consumption of alcoholic beverages.
  • Drugs such as erispan® should be administered with caution in diabetic patients.
  • Erispan® should not be administered simultaneously with acetylsalicylic acid or  indomethacin .
  • This medicine must be administered with prescription or medical prescription, avoid self-medication.
  • Keep this drug out of the reach of children.

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