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Clobetasol is a topical (skin-applied) corticosteroid medication used to treat skin conditions that have not responded well to other corticosteroids, including severe psoriasis and eczematous dermatitis. The scalp lotion and shampoo are used to treat psoriasis and seborrheic dermatitis occurring on the scalp.
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Clobetasol is a topical (skin-applied) corticosteroid medication used to treat skin conditions that have not responded well to other corticosteroids, including severe psoriasis and eczematous dermatitis. The scalp lotion and shampoo are used to treat psoriasis and seborrheic dermatitis occurring on the scalp. Clobetasol works by reducing swelling, redness, and itching.
Clobex (Clobetasol-propionate) may be available under multiple brand names and/or in several different forms. Any specific brand name of Clobex (Clobetasol-propionate) may not be available in all of the forms or approved for all of the conditions discussed here. As well, some forms of Clobex (Clobetasol-propionate) may not be used for all of the conditions discussed here.
Your doctor may have suggested Clobex (Clobetasol-propionate) for conditions other than those listed in these drug information articles. If you have not discussed this with your doctor or are not sure why you are being given Clobex (Clobetasol-propionate), speak to your doctor. Do not stop using Clobex (Clobetasol-propionate) without consulting your doctor.
Do not give Clobex (Clobetasol-propionate) to anyone else, even if they have the same symptoms as you do. It can be harmful for people to use Clobex (Clobetasol-propionate) if their doctor has not prescribed it.
Cream and ointment: Apply the medication sparingly to cover the affected area and gently rub it into the skin 2 or 3 times daily. The total dose applied should not be more than 50 g in a week. Use Clobex (Clobetasol-propionate) with caution on lesions near the eye. Take care to prevent it from getting into the eye.
Lotion: Apply the lotion to the affected areas of skin 2 times daily and rub it in gently and completely. The total dose should not exceed 50 g (50 mL) in a week.
Scalp lotion: Apply the lotion 1 or 2 times daily to the affected areas of the scalp and rub in gently. The total dose should not exceed 50 mL in a week. Clobetasol scalp applications should not be used near an open flame.
Foam: Apply a thin layer of foam 2 times daily to the affected areas of the skin and rub in gently until the foam is absorbed. The foam is extremely flammable, so avoid fire, flames, sparks or smoking during and immediately after applying. The total dose applied should not exceed 50 g in a week.
Spray: Apply the solution 2 times daily to the affected areas of the skin and rub in gently. The total dose should not exceed 50 mL in a week.
Shampoo: A thin film of clobetasol shampoo should be applied directly to the affected area of the scalp once daily. The shampoo is applied to the lesions on dry scalp and rubbed in gently. Leave it on for 15 minutes before wetting the hair, lathering, and rinsing. The total dose applied should not be more than 50 mL in a week.
Many things can affect the dose of medication that a person needs, such as body weight, other medical conditions, and other medications. If your doctor has recommended a dose different from the ones listed here, do not change the way that you are using the medication without consulting your doctor.
When clobetasol 17 - propionate is used over extensive areas for prolonged periods or under dressings that don't breathe, it is possible that enough medication will absorb into the bloodstream to cause unwanted side effects. Therefore, it is advisable to use clobetasol 17 - propionate only for brief periods and to stop using it as soon as the problem clears.
Clobex (Clobetasol-propionate) should not be used under dressings that don't breathe.
If you have not noticed improvement in your skin after a week, stop using the medication and contact your doctor.
It is important to use Clobex (Clobetasol-propionate) exactly as prescribed by your doctor. If you miss a dose, apply it as soon as possible and continue with your regular schedule. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and continue with your regular dosing schedule. Do not apply a double dose to make up for a missed one. If you are not sure what to do after missing a dose, contact your doctor or pharmacist for advice.
Store Clobex (Clobetasol-propionate) at room temperature, protect it from light, and keep it out of the reach of children. The spray is flammable and should be kept away from heat or flame.
Do not dispose of medications in wastewater (e.g. down the sink or in the toilet) or in household garbage. Ask your pharmacist how to dispose of medications that are no longer needed or have expired.
Many medications can cause side effects. A side effect is an unwanted response to a medication when it is taken in normal doses. Side effects can be mild or severe, temporary or permanent.
The side effects listed below are not experienced by everyone who takes Clobex (Clobetasol-propionate). If you are concerned about side effects, discuss the risks and benefits of Clobex (Clobetasol-propionate) with your doctor.
The following side effects have been reported by at least 1% of people taking Clobex (Clobetasol-propionate). Many of these side effects can be managed, and some may go away on their own over time.
Contact your doctor if you experience these side effects and they are severe or bothersome. Your pharmacist may be able to advise you on managing side effects.
Although most of the side effects listed below don't happen very often, they could lead to serious problems if you do not check with your doctor or seek medical attention.
Check with your doctor as soon as possible if any of the following side effects occur:
The following side effects may occur if Clobex (Clobetasol-propionate) is used improperly or for a long time:
Stop using the medication and seek immediate medical attention if any of the following occur:
Some people may experience side effects other than those listed. Check with your doctor if you notice any symptom that worries you while you are using Clobex (Clobetasol-propionate).
Each bottle contains clobetasol propionate, 0.05%, USP, in a shampoo base. Nonmedicinal ingredients: shampoo base consisting of alcohol 10%, citric acid monohydrate, coco-betaine, polyquaternium-10, purified water, sodium citrate dihydrate, and sodium laureth sulfate.
Each gram of solution contains 0.5 mg of clobetasol propionate. Nonmedicinal ingredients: alcohol, isopropyl myristate, sodium lauryl sulphate, and undecylenic acid. Each 59 mL bottle is accompanied by a spray pump which delivers approximately 0.16 mL with each spray.
Clobetasol 17 - propionate should not be used by or given to anyone who:
Clobetasol 17 - propionate should not to be used to treat:
There may be an interaction between clobetasol 17 - propionate and any of the following:
If you are using any of these medications, speak with your doctor or pharmacist. Depending on your specific circumstances, your doctor may want you to:
An interaction between two medications does not always mean that you must stop taking one of them. Speak to your doctor about how any drug interactions are being managed or should be managed.
Medications other than those listed above may interact with Clobex (Clobetasol-propionate). Tell your doctor or prescriber about all prescription, over-the-counter (non-prescription), and herbal medications you are taking. Also tell them about any supplements you take. Since caffeine, alcohol, the Nicotine from cigarettes, or street drugs can affect the action of many medications, you should let your prescriber know if you use them.
Before you begin using a medication, be sure to inform your doctor of any medical conditions or Allergies you may have, any medications you are taking, whether you are pregnant or breast-feeding, and any other significant facts about your health. These factors may affect how you should use Clobex (Clobetasol-propionate).
Inform all of your doctors that you are using topical (skin-applied) corticosteroids.
Absorption: When clobetasol 17 - propionate is used over extensive areas for prolonged periods and under dressings that don't breathe, it is possible that enough medication will absorb into the bloodstream to cause unwanted side effects. Therefore, it is advisable to use Clobex (Clobetasol-propionate) for brief periods only and to stop using it as soon as the problem clears. Talk to your health care provider about how long you should use Clobex (Clobetasol-propionate).
Diabetes: When clobetasol 17-propionate is used over large areas of the body for prolonged periods or under dressings that don't breathe it is possible that enough medication will absorb into the bloodstream to affect blood sugar levels. If you have diabetes, your doctor should closely monitor your condition while you are using clobetasol 17-propionate, as it may affect blood sugar control (either increase or decrease blood sugar levels).
Eyes: Use Clobex (Clobetasol-propionate) with care on lesions close to the eye. Getting the medication in the eye can increase the risk of increased eye pressure, Glaucoma, or Cataracts.
Infection: Topical corticosteroids may increase the risk of developing a skin infection. Contact your doctor if you notice any increased redness, swelling, heat or pain around the area where the medication is applied as these are possible signs of infection.
Medical treatment: Inform all health professionals involved in your care that you have been using a topical (skin-applied) corticosteroid.
Thinning of skin: Using topical corticosteroid medications for a long period of time can cause skin to thin or soften or cause stretch marks. Your doctor may recommend you stop using Clobex (Clobetasol-propionate) once in a while or to apply to one area of the body at a time. Suddenly stopping corticosteroid medication may cause psoriasis to return.
Pregnancy: Clobex (Clobetasol-propionate) should not be used during pregnancy unless the benefits outweigh the risks. If you become pregnant while using Clobex (Clobetasol-propionate), contact your doctor immediately.
Breast-feeding: Clobex (Clobetasol-propionate) may pass into breast milk. If you are a breast-feeding mother and are using clobetasol 17-propionate, it may affect your baby. Talk to your doctor about whether you should continue breast-feeding.
Children: Children are more likely to experience absorption of Clobex (Clobetasol-propionate) into the bloodstream, resulting in unwanted effects. The safety and effectiveness of using Clobex (Clobetasol-propionate) have not been established for children. Its use by children is not recommended.
Seniors: People over the age of 65 may need to use a smaller amount of Clobex (Clobetasol-propionate) or use it less often.
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