Clobetasol Propionate (Topical)

Clobetasol Propionate (On The Skin)

Clobetasol Propionate (kloe-BAY-ta-sol PROE-pee-oh-nate)

Treats skin irritation, allergic reactions, and other types of skin problems.This medicine belongs to a class of drugs called corticosteroids.

Brand Name(s):

Olux, Cormax, Temovate, Embeline, Temovate Scalp Application, Embeline Scalp Application, Cormax Scalp Application, Clobevate, Clobex
There may be other brand names for this medicine.

When This Medicine Should Not Be Used:

You should not use this medicine if you have had an unusual or allergic reaction to clobetasol, hydrocortisone, triamcinolone, or betamethasone in the past.

How to Use This Medicine:

Lotion, Gel/Jelly, Foam, Cream, Ointment, Liquid

  • Your doctor will tell you how much to use and how often.  
  • For use on the skin only.  
  • Put a small amount on the affected area. Rub in gently.  
  • Allow the liquid to dry before putting on your clothes.  
  • Do not cover the treated area of your skin with a bandage unless your doctor has told you to.  
  • If you are using this medicine on your scalp, part your hair. Put a small amount on the affected area. Rub in gently.

If a dose is missed::

  • Apply the missed dose as soon as possible.  
  • Skip the missed dose if it is almost time for your next regular dose.  
  • You should not use two doses at the same time.

How to Store and Dispose of This Medicine:

  • Store at room temperature, away from heat, moisture, and direct light. Do not freeze.  
  • Keep all medicine out of the reach of children.

Drugs and Foods to Avoid:

Ask your doctor or pharmacist before using any other medicine, including over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products.

  • Unless approved by your doctor, do not mix or apply other skin medicines with this medicine.

Warnings While Using This Medicine:

  • If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, talk to your doctor before using this medicine.  
  • Talk with your doctor before using this medicine if you have tuberculosis, diabetes, or an infection of the skin.  
  • You should not use this medicine on the face, especially in or around the eyes.

Possible Side Effects While Using This Medicine:

Call your doctor right away if you notice any of these side effects:

  • Any signs of a skin infection such as redness or swelling  
  • If the area seems not to heal  
  • Irritation, burning, or redness of skin that was not there before using this medicine

If you notice these less serious side effects, talk with your doctor:

  • Acne-like skin changes  
  • If skin problem does not improve after 2 weeks  
  • Itching or mild skin rash  
  • Mild temporary stinging

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Copyright 1996-2014 Cerner Multum, Inc. Version: 16.02.
Revision date: July 3, 2011
Last revised: by Dave R. Roger, M.D.

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