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Clobetasol Lotion is used in adults to treat a variety of skin conditions (such as eczema, dermatitis, psoriasis). Clobetasol reduces the swelling, itching, and redness that can occur in these types of conditions. This medication is very strong (super-high-potency) corticosteroid.
This medication is not recommended for use in children younger than 18 years of age due to an increased risk of side effects. Ask the doctor or pharmacist for details.
How to use Clobetasol Lotion
Read the Patient Information Leaflet provided by your pharmacist before you start using clobetasol lotion and each time you get a refill. If you have any questions regarding the information, consult your doctor or pharmacist.
Use this medication on the skin only. However, do not use it on the face, groin or underarms unless directed to do so by your doctor.
Wash and dry your hands before applying. Clean and dry the affected area. Apply a thin film of the medication to the affected area and gently rub in, usually 2 times daily or as directed by your doctor. Do not bandage, wrap or cover the area unless directed to do so by your doctor.
After applying the medication, wash your hands, unless you are using this medication to treat the hands. When applying this medication near the eyes, avoid getting it in the eyes because this may worsen or cause glaucoma. Also, avoid getting the medication in your nose or mouth. If you get the medication in your eyes, nose, or mouth, rinse with plenty of water.
Do not apply more than 50 grams (50 milliliters or 1.75 ounces) in a given week unless directed by your doctor. Doing so increases the risk of serious side effects.
Use this medication only for the condition prescribed. Do not use for longer than 4 weeks unless directed by your doctor. If no improvement occurs in 2 weeks of treatment with clobetasol, or if your condition worsens, stop using this medication and inform your doctor
Before using clobetasol, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to it; or to any other steroids (e.g., hydrocortisone, dexamethasone); or if you have any other allergies. This product may contain inactive ingredients, which can cause allergic reactions or other problems. Talk to your pharmacist for more details.
Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist your medical history, especially of: poor blood circulation, diabetes, other skin conditions (e.g., rosacea, perioral dermatitis), immune system problems.
Do not use it if there is an infection or sore in the area to be treated.
Rarely, using corticosteroid medications for a long time or over large areas of skin can make it more difficult for your body to respond to physical stress. Therefore, before having surgery or emergency treatment, or if you get a serious illness/injury, tell your doctor or dentist that you are using this medication or have used this medication within the past few months.
Though it is unlikely, this medication may temporarily slow down a child's growth if used for a long time. See the doctor regularly so your child's height can be checked.
This medication should be used only when clearly needed during pregnancy. Discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor.
It is not known whether this drug passes into breast milk when applied to the skin. Similar medications pass into breast milk when taken by mouth. Consult your doctor before breast-feeding.
Check with your doctor immediately if any of the following side effects occur:
- Burning or stinging at the application site
- Less common
- Burning sensation of the skin
- Dry skin
- Flushing or redness of the skin
- Itching, scaling, severe redness, soreness, or swelling of the skin
- Skin irritation
- Skin rash, encrusted, scaly and oozing
- Thinning of the skin with easy bruising, especially when used on the face or where the skin folds together (eg, between the fingers)
Other side effects not listed may also occur in some patients. If you notice any other effects, check with your healthcare professional.
What should I do if I forget a dose?
Apply the missed dose as soon as you remember it. However, if it is almost time for the next dose, skip the missed dose and continue your regular dosing schedule. Do not apply a double dose to make up for a missed one.
What special precautions should I follow?
Before using clobetasol topical,
- Tell your doctor and pharmacist if you are allergic to clobetasol, any other medications, or any of the ingredients in clobetasol topical products. Ask your pharmacist for a list of the ingredients.
- Tell your doctor and pharmacist what prescription and nonprescription medications, vitamins, and nutritional supplements you are taking or plan to take. Be sure to mention the following: other corticosteroid medications and other topical medications.
- Tell your doctor if you have an infection or any other skin problems or have or ever had diabetes, Cushing's syndrome (an abnormal condition that is caused by excess hormones [corticosteroids]), or liver disease.
- Tell your doctor if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding. If you become pregnant while using clobetasol topical, call your doctor.
- If you are having surgery, including dental surgery, tell the doctor or dentist that you are using clobetasol topical.