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By Medicover Hospitals / 29 Nov 2020
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What is Clobetasol?

Clobetasol Propionate is a high-dose corticosteroid medication which is used for reducing pain and itching caused by various skin conditions like psoriasis. This medication comes in various forms: Cream, ointment, gel, spray, foam, lotion and shampoo. Clobetasol helps in treating various skin problems like eczema, psoriasis, lichen planus and lupus.


  1. Clobetasol uses
  2. Clobetasol side effects
  3. Precautions
  4. Clobetasol dosage
  5. Clobetasol warnings
  6. Clobetasol Storage
  7. Clobetasol VS Betamethasone
  8. Frequently Asked Questions
  9. Citations

Clobetasol Uses:

Clobetasol is used for treating itching, redness, dryness, crusting, scaling, inflammation and discomfort of various scalp and skin conditions which includes psoriasis and eczema. Clobetasol comes under a class of medication called corticosteroids. This works by activating some natural substances in the skin to reduce swelling, redness and itching.

Clobetasol Side effects


Some of the common side effects of Clobetasol are:

  • Burning
  • Irritation
  • Itching of skin where the ointment is applied

Some of the serious side effects of Clobetasol are:

  • Adrenal insufficiency, symptoms it includes:
    • Low blood pressure
    • Fainting
    • Dizziness
    • Tiredness
  • Cushing’s syndrome, symptoms it includes:
    • High blood sugar or blood sugar in the urine (Intense thirst, hunger, urinating often)
    • High blood pressure

    Precautions:


  • Talk to your doctor if you’re allergic to clobetasol or any other medications. Before taking Clobetasol talk to your doctor if you’re taking any prescription or non-prescribe medications, vitamins, nutritional supplements or any other herbal products.
  • Consult with your doctor if you’re having any skin infection, skin problems, diabetes, Cushing syndrome, immunity problems or poor blood circulation. Make sure to get proper treatment if you are having:
    • Any infected skin
    • Rosacea or acne
    • Pregnant or breastfeeding
    • allergic reaction to any skin preparation

    How should Clobetasol be used?

  • Clobetasol topical comes in various forms such as cream, gel, ointment, lotion, foam and spray. All the forms should be used for twice a day and shampoo should be used for only once in a day. Follow all the directions written on the prescription label very carefully and ask your doctor about the procedure on how to take Clobetasol. Don’t apply the cream more or less, apply Clobetasol as said by the doctor.
  • The skin condition will start improving in the first 2 weeks of the treatment. Talk to your doctor if you are facing any severe symptoms.
  • For using the clobetasol foam, spray, or solution (liquid) on the scalp, part the hair, apply a small amount of the medicine to the affected area and rub it in gently. Protect the area from washing or rubbing until foam, spray, or solution (liquid) dries.
  • Before using clobetasol foam for the first time, please read the accompanying written instructions carefully.
  • To use the shampoo on the scalp, part the hair, apply a small amount of the medication to the affected area and rub it in gently. After 15 minutes, moisten your hair, use your fingers to lather, and then rinse the shampoo from your hair and body with plenty of water. Do not cover your head with a shower cap, shower cap, or towel while the shampoo is on your scalp. You can wash your hair as usual after applying and rinsing the clobetasol shampoo. Clobetasol foam can catch fire. Keep away from open fire, flames, and do not smoke while applying clobetasol foam and for a short period afterwards.
  • Do not get clobetasol topical into your eyes or mouth and do not swallow it.

  • Clobetasol Dosage:

  • Generic: Clobetasol
  • Form- Topical cream
  • Strengths- 0.05%
  • Dosage Warnings

  • Avoid using more than 50 g of the drug per week
  • Avoid using the drug for longer than 2 weeks for treating swelling and itching of the skin conditions
  • Avoid using this drug for not more than 4 weeks for treating plaque psoriasis.
  • Missed Dose:

  • Missing one or two-dose of Clobetasol won’t show any effect on your body. The skipped dose causes no problem. But with some medication, it won’t work if you don’t take the dosage on time. If you miss a dose some sudden chemical change may affect your body. In some cases, your doctor would advise you to take the prescribed medicine as soon as possible if you have missed the dose.
  • Overdose:

  • Overdose of a drug can be accidental. If you have taken more than the prescribed Clobetasol tablets there is a chance of getting a harmful effect on your body’s functions. Overdose of a medicine can lead to some medical emergency.

  • Clobetasol Warnings

    Clobetasol can cause some allergic skin reactions which are sometimes difficult to heal. The doctor may take you through a skin patch treatment. Symptoms it can include are:

    • Skin irritation which don’t heal
  • This drug can also cause some of the serious allergic reactions. Symptoms it includes:
    • Trouble in breathing
    • Swelling of the throat

    Warnings for various health conditions:


    Effects on the adrenal glands:

    This medicine can make your adrenal glands stop working. This can lead to adrenal insufficiency. Some of the symptoms it can include are dizziness, fainting, low blood pressure, and fatigue. This effect can occur during your treatment or after stopping treatment with this medicine. Your risk may be higher if:

  • Apply this medicine to a large area of ​​your skin
    • Use the drug for a long time
    • Use the drug on broken skin
    • Cover your skin after applying for the medicine
    • Taking other steroids
    • Have severe liver problems
  • Your doctor can do tests to see if your adrenal glands are working well. If not, your doctor may change how often you use this medicine or stop your treatment with it.
  • Skin reaction warning

    This medicine can cause skin reactions. These include acne, inflammation of the hair follicles, colour changes, skin rashes, infections, allergic reactions, and other problems. Skin reactions are more likely to occur if the skin is covered with a dressing after applying for the medicine. You should not apply this medicine to your face.

    Skin infection warnings

    If you develop a skin infection while using this medicine, your doctor may prescribe medicine to treat the infection. If your infection does not improve, your doctor may ask you to stop using clobetasol.


    Clobetasol Storage:

  • Direct contact with heat, air and light may damage your medicines. The exposure of medicine may cause some harmful effects. The medicine must be kept in a safe place and out of children’s reach.
  • Mainly the drug should be kept at room temperature between 68ºF and 77ºF (20ºC and 25ºC).
  • Before taking clobetasol consult your Doctor. In case if you face any problems or get anyside effects after taking clobetasol rush immediately to your nearby hospital or consult your doctor for better treatment. Carry your medications always in your bag while travelling to avoid any immediate emergencies. Follow your prescription and follow your Doctor advice whenever you take clobetasol.

  • Clobetasol VS. Betamethasone


    Clobetasol
    Betamethasone
    Clobetasol Propionate is a high-dose corticosteroid medication which is used for reducing pain and itching caused by various skin conditions like psoriasis. This medication comes in various forms: Cream, ointment, gel, spray, foam, lotion and shampoo. Betamethasone is used for treating various skin conditions like eczema, dermatitis, allergies, rash. The medication helps in reducing swelling, itching, and redness of the skin.
    Clobetasol is used for treating itching, redness, dryness, crusting, scaling, inflammation and discomfort of various scalp and skin conditions which includes psoriasis and eczema. Clobetasol comes under a class of medication called corticosteroids. It is used for treating itching, dryness, redness, scaling and inflammation of various skin conditions which includes psoriasis.
    Some of the serious side effects of Clobetasol are:
  • Adrenal insufficiency, symptoms it includes:
    • Low blood pressure
    • Fainting
    • Dizziness
    • Tiredness
  • Cushing’s syndrome, symptoms it includes:
    • High blood sugar or blood sugar in the urine (Intense thirst, hunger, urinating often)
    • High blood pressure
    Side effects of betamethasone are:
    • Burning
    • Itching
    • Unwanted hair growth
    • Skin colour changes
    • Severe rash
    • Redness and swelling
    • Ringing or buzzing in the ears

    Frequently Asked Questions:

    The skin condition will start improving in the first 2 weeks of the treatment. Talk to your doctor if you are facing any severe symptoms.
    Some of the serious side effects of Clobetasol are:
  • Adrenal insufficiency, symptoms it includes:
    • Low blood pressure
    • Fainting
    • Dizziness
    • Tiredness
  • Cushing’s syndrome, symptoms it includes:
    • High blood sugar or blood sugar in the urine (Intense thirst, hunger, urinating often)
    • High blood pressure
    The skin condition will start improving in the first 2 weeks of the treatment. Talk to your doctor if you are facing any severe symptoms.
    Yes, clobetasol is an antifungal medication. It is a high-dose corticosteroid medication which is used for reducing pain and itching caused by various skin conditions like psoriasis.

    Citations:

  • Clobetasol, https://www.bmj.com/content/4/5990/203
  • Therapy with clobetasol propionate, https://europepmc.org/article/med/9777618