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Clobetasol gel

Pronunciation

Generic Name: clobetasol (kloe-BAY-ta-sol)
Brand Name: Examples include Embeline and Temovate

Clobetasol gel is used for:

Treating inflammation and itching due to certain skin conditions. It may also be used for other conditions as determined by your doctor.

Clobetasol gel is a topical adrenocortical steroid. It works by reducing skin inflammation (eg, redness, swelling, itching, irritation) in a way that is not clearly understood.

Do NOT use clobetasol gel if:

  • you are allergic to any ingredient in clobetasol gel or to other corticosteroids (eg, prednisone)

Contact your doctor or health care provider right away if any of these apply to you.

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Before using clobetasol gel:

Some medical conditions may interact with clobetasol gel. 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 any kind of skin infection, cuts, scrapes, or lessened blood flow to your skin
  • if you have had a recent vaccination; have measles, tuberculosis, chickenpox, or shingles; or have had a positive tuberculosis test
  • if you are taking prednisone or similar medicines

Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with clobetasol gel. Because little, if any, of clobetasol gel is absorbed into the blood, the risk of it interacting with another medicine is low.

Ask your health care provider if clobetasol gel 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 gel:

Use clobetasol gel 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 after applying clobetasol gel, unless your hands are part of the treated area.
  • Do not bandage or cover the treated skin area unless directed by your doctor.
  • If you miss a dose of clobetasol gel, apply 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 apply 2 doses at once.

Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use clobetasol gel.

Important safety information:

  • Clobetasol gel is for external use only. Do not get clobetasol gel in your eyes, nose, or mouth. If contact is made with the eyes, flush them immediately with tap water.
  • Do not use clobetasol gel on the face, groin, diaper area, or underarms.
  • Do not use clobetasol gel to treat rosacea or conditions around the mouth.
  • Do NOT take more than the recommended dose or use for longer than 2 weeks without checking with your doctor.
  • If your symptoms do not get better within 2 weeks or if they get worse, check with your doctor.
  • Do not use clobetasol gel to treat large areas of your body without first checking with your doctor.
  • Tell your doctor or dentist that you take clobetasol gel before you receive any medical or dental care, emergency care, or surgery.
  • Check with your doctor before having vaccinations while using clobetasol gel.
  • Do not use clobetasol gel for other skin conditions at a later time.
  • Clobetasol gel 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 gel.
  • Clobetasol gel should not be used in CHILDREN younger than 12 years old; safety and effectiveness in these 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 gel while you are pregnant. It is not known if clobetasol gel is found in breast milk. If you are or will be breast-feeding while you use clobetasol gel, check with your doctor. Discuss any possible risks to your baby.

Possible side effects of clobetasol gel:

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:

Dryness; itching; mild burning.

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); acne-like rash; burning, cracking, irritation, or peeling not present before you began using clobetasol gel; dark red blotches on the skin; excessive hair growth; inflamed hair follicles; inflammation around the mouth; muscle weakness; numbness of fingers; thinning, softening, or discoloration of the skin; unusual weight gain, especially in the face.

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. Symptoms may include increased thirst or urination; muscle weakness; unusual weight gain, especially in the face.

Proper storage of clobetasol gel:

Store clobetasol gel at room temperature, between 59 and 86 degrees F (15 and 30 degrees C). Store away from heat, moisture, and light. Do not refrigerate or freeze. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep clobetasol gel out of the reach of children and away from pets.

General information:

  • If you have any questions about clobetasol gel, please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
  • Clobetasol gel 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 gel 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 gel. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to clobetasol gel. 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 gel.

Issue Date: July 2, 2014
Database Edition 14.3.1.001
Copyright © 2014 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc.

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.

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