Clobetasol is used to treat swelling, inflammation, and itching of skin conditions such as eczema, dermatitis, rashes, insect bites, poison ivy, allergies and other irritations. Corticosteroids for the skin are available in different strengths and forms (e.g., creams, ointments, lotions and gels). The type of medication used depends on the location of your condition and the type of skin problem being treated. Creams are the most frequently used form. Lotions and gels may be better suited to hairy areas. Ointments may be better suited for dry areas and when a stronger effect or skin protection is desired.
Clean and dry the affected area before applying the Clobetasol Propionate Ointment. To apply, gently rub a small amount of the medication into the affected area and surrounding skin in a thin layer unless otherwise directed by your physician. How often the medication is applied and for how long depends on your condition and response to treatment. Covering the area being treated may increase the absorption of the medication through the skin. This may improve how well the drug works, but it may also increase the risk of side effects. Do not cover the area with plastic or waterproof bandages unless directed to do so by your doctor. Do not use plastic pants or tight-fitting diapers on children being treated with this medication in the diaper area unless directed to do so by your doctor. This medication is for use on the skin only. Avoid using this medication around the eyes unless directed to do so by your doctor. Certain preparations must be shaken well before use (e.g., certain lotions). Check the label closely and be sure to follow all directions. Inform your doctor if your condition persists or worsens.
MISSED DOSE: If you miss a dose, use it as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for the next dose, skip the missed dose and resume your usual dosing schedule. Do not double the dose to catch up.
Clobetasol may cause burning, stinging, itching, or redness when first applied to the skin. This should disappear in a few days as your body adjusts to the medication. Acne and excess hair growth may also occur. If any of these effects persist or worsen, inform your doctor. Remember that your doctor has prescribed this medication because the benefit to you is greater than the risk of side effects. Many people using this medication do not have serious side effects. Tell your doctor immediately if any of these unlikely but serious side effects occur: skin discoloration, skin thinning or stretch marks. Skin infections can become worse when using this medication. Appropriate antibiotic or antifungal treatment should be started if you have a skin infection. Consult with your physician. Notify your doctor if redness, swelling or irritation does not improve. A very serious allergic reaction to this drug is unlikely, but seek immediate medical attention if it occurs. Symptoms of a serious allergic reaction may include: rash, itching, swelling, severe dizziness, trouble breathing. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.
Before using Clobetasol, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to it or if you have any other allergies. Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist your medical history, especially of: circulation problems, glaucoma, impaired immune system. Because of the increased risk of side effects from prolonged use, treatment with clobetasol, halobetasol propionate and augmented betamethasone dipropionate for more than two weeks in a row is not recommended. Though very unlikely, it is possible this medication will be absorbed into your bloodstream. This may have undesirable consequences that may require additional corticosteroid treatment. This is especially true for children and for those who have used this for an extended period of time if they also have serious medical problems such as serious infections, injuries or surgeries. This precaution applies for up to one year after stopping use of this drug. Tell your doctor immediately if any of the following side effects occur: vision problems, persistent headache, increased thirst or urination, unusual weakness or weight loss, dizziness. Consult your doctor or pharmacist for more details, and inform them that you use (or have used) this medication. This medication should be used cautiously during pregnancy and only if clearly needed. Discuss the benefits and risks with your doctor. Small amounts of this medication may appear in breast milk. Consult with your doctor before breast-feeding.
If overdose is suspected, contact your local poison control center or emergency room immediately. This medicine may be harmful if swallowed.
Do not share this medication with others. Store at room temperature 59 to 86 degrees F (15 to 30 degrees C) away from sunlight or as directed on the label. Avoid freezing. Keep out of the reach of children.
The above information is intended to supplement, not substitute for, the expertise and judgment of your physician,pharmacist, or other healthcare professional. It should not be construed to indicate that the use of the product is safe, appropriate, or effective for you. Consult your
healthcare professional before taking the product.
Your healthcare professionals (e.g., doctor or pharmacist) may already be aware of any possible drug interactions and may be monitoring you for it. Do not start, stop or change the dosage of any medicine before checking with them first. Tell your doctor of all prescription and nonprescription medications you may use, especially of: other corticosteroids (e.g., prednisone, dexamethasone), other skin medicines.