Generic Name: clobetasol (kloe-BAY-tah-sahl)
Brand Name: Examples include Embeline and Temovate
Clobetasol cream is used for:
Reducing itching, redness, and swelling associated with many skin conditions.
Clobetasol cream is a topical corticosteroid. It works by decreasing certain immune responses, which reduces redness and itching of skin.
Do NOT use clobetasol cream if:
- you are allergic to any ingredient in clobetasol cream
Contact your doctor or health care provider right away if any of these apply to you.
Before using clobetasol cream:
Some medical conditions may interact with clobetasol cream. Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have any medical conditions, especially if any of the following apply to you:
- if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding
- if you are taking any prescription or nonprescription medicine, herbal preparation, or dietary supplement
- if you have allergies to medicines, foods, or other substances
- if you have measles, tuberculosis (TB), chickenpox, shingles, or have had a recent vaccination
- if you have a skin infection or thinning of the skin (atrophy)
Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with clobetasol cream. However, no specific interactions with clobetasol cream are known at this time.
Ask your health care provider if clobetasol cream may interact with other medicines that you take. Check with your health care provider before you start, stop, or change the dose of any medicine.
How to use clobetasol cream:
Use clobetasol cream as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.
- Apply a small amount of medicine to the affected area. Gently rub the medicine in until it is evenly distributed. Wash your hands immediately after applying clobetasol cream, unless your hands are part of the treated area. Do not bandage or wrap the affected area unless directed otherwise by your doctor.
- Treatment must be limited to 2 consecutive weeks.
- If you miss a dose of clobetasol cream, use it as soon as possible. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not use 2 doses at once.
Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use clobetasol cream.
Important safety information:
- Do not use more than 50 grams per week.
- Avoid contact with the eyes.
- Do not use clobetasol cream for other skin conditions at a later time.
- Do not use clobetasol cream for diaper rash.
- Clobetasol cream has a corticosteroid in it. Before you start any new medicine, check the label to see if it has a corticosteroid (eg, hydrocortisone) in it too. If it does or if you are not sure, check with your doctor or pharmacist.
- Corticosteroids may affect growth rate in CHILDREN and teenagers in some cases. They may need regular growth checks while they use clobetasol cream.
- Clobetasol cream should be used with extreme caution in CHILDREN; safety and effectiveness in children have not been confirmed.
- PREGNANCY and BREAST-FEEDING: If you become pregnant, contact your doctor. You will need to discuss the benefits and risks of using clobetasol cream while you are pregnant. It is not known if this medicine is found in breast milk after topical use. If you are or will be breast-feeding while you use clobetasol cream, check with your doctor. Discuss any possible risks to your baby.
Possible side effects of clobetasol cream:
All medicines may cause side effects, but many people have no, or minor, side effects. Check with your doctor if any of these most COMMON side effects persist or become bothersome:
Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur:
Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue); burning; itching; redness; skin thinning or discoloration; swelling.
This is not a complete list of all side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, contact your health care provider. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. To report side effects to the appropriate agency, please read the Guide to Reporting Problems to FDA.
If OVERDOSE is suspected:
Contact 1-800-222-1222 (the American Association of Poison Control Centers), your local poison control center, or emergency room immediately. Clobetasol cream may be harmful if swallowed.Proper storage of clobetasol cream:
Store clobetasol cream at room temperature, between 68 and 77 degrees F (20 and 25 degrees C), in a tightly closed container. Store away from heat, moisture, and light. Do not use near an open flame. Keep clobetasol cream out of the reach of children and away from pets.
- If you have any questions about clobetasol cream, please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
- Clobetasol cream is to be used only by the patient for whom it is prescribed. Do not share it with other people.
- If your symptoms do not improve or if they become worse, check with your doctor.
- Check with your pharmacist about how to dispose of unused medicine.
This information should not be used to decide whether or not to take clobetasol cream or any other medicine. Only your health care provider has the knowledge and training to decide which medicines are right for you. This information does not endorse any medicine as safe, effective, or approved for treating any patient or health condition. This is only a brief summary of general information about clobetasol cream. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to clobetasol cream. This information is not specific medical advice and does not replace information you receive from your health care provider. You must talk with your healthcare provider for complete information about the risks and benefits of using clobetasol cream.
Disclaimer: This information should not be used to decide whether or not to take this medicine or any other medicine. Only your health care provider has the knowledge and training to decide which medicines are right for you. This information does not endorse any medicine as safe, effective, or approved for treating any patient or health condition. This is only a brief summary of general information about this medicine. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to this medicine. This information is not specific medical advice and does not replace information you receive from your health care provider. You must talk with your healthcare provider for complete information about the risks and benefits of using this medicine.