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Temovate Ointment (Clobetasol Propionate) is used to reduce itching, redness, and swelling due to different skin conditions such as allergic reactions, eczema, and psoriasis. This medication works by decreasing certain immune responses, which reduces redness and itching of skin.
This medicine is for external use only. Do not take it by mouth. Follow the directions on the prescription label. Wash your hands before and after use. Apply a thin film of medicine to the affected area. Do not cover with a bandage or dressing unless your doctor or health care professional tells you to. Do not get this medicine in your eyes. If you do, rinse out with plenty of cool tap water. It is important not to use more medicine than prescribed. Do not use your medicine more often than directed. To do so may increase the chance of side effects.
Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. Special care may be needed.
Elderly patients are more likely to have damaged skin through aging, and this may increase side effects. This medicine should only be used for brief periods and infrequently in older patients.
You should not stop using clobetasol suddenly. Follow your doctor's instructions about tapering your dose.
Call your doctor if your symptoms do not improve, or if they get worse.
You should not use Temovate if you are allergic to Clobetasol or if you have any other allergies. Before you start using this medication, inform your doctor about your medical history especially of poor blood circulation, problems with the immune system, and certain skin conditions such as rosacea and perioral dermatitis. This medication should not be used during pregnancy unless it is clearly needed. It is unknown whether this medication passes into breast milk.
Tell your doctor if you have ever had:
- Any type of skin infection
- A skin reaction to any steroid medicine
- Liver disease
- An adrenal gland disorder.
Common side effects may include:
- Burning, itching, swelling, or irritation of treated skin
- Dry or cracking skin
- Redness or crusting around your hair follicles
- Spider veins
- Stretch marks, thinning skin
- Rash or hives
- Temporary hair loss.
What happens if I miss a dose?
Apply the medicine as soon as you can, but skip the missed dose if it is almost time for your next dose. Do not apply two doses at one time.
What happens if I overdose?
High doses or long-term use of medication can lead to thinning skin, easy bruising, changes in body fat (especially in your face, neck, back, and waist), increased acne or facial hair, menstrual problems, impotence, or loss of interest in sex.
What should I avoid while using Tomevate Ointment?
Avoid applying this medicine to your face, underarms, or groin area. Do not use this medicine to treat any condition that has not been checked by your doctor. Avoid using other topical steroid medications on the areas you treat with clobetasol unless your doctor tells you to.
What may interact with this medicine?
Interactions are not expected. Do not use cosmetics or other skin care products in the treated area.
What should I watch for while using this medicine?
Tell your doctor or health care professional if your symptoms do not get better within 2 weeks, or if you develop skin irritation from the medicine. Tell your doctor or health care professional if you are exposed to anyone with measles or chickenpox, or if you develop sores or blisters that do not heal properly.
Where should I keep my medicine?
Keep out of the reach of children. Store at room temperature between 15 and 30 degrees C (59 and 86 degrees F). Keep away from heat and direct light. Do not freeze. Throw away any unused medicine after the expiration date.