Generic Name: clobetasol (kloe-BAY-tah-sahl)
Brand Name: Clobex
Clobetasol shampoo is used for:
The short-term treatment of swelling and itching due to skin diseases of the scalp.
Clobetasol shampoo is a topical corticosteroid. It works by decreasing certain immune responses, which reduces redness and itching of skin.
Do NOT use clobetasol shampoo if:
- you are allergic to any ingredient in clobetasol shampoo
Contact your doctor or health care provider right away if any of these apply to you.
Before using clobetasol shampoo:
Some medical conditions may interact with clobetasol shampoo. 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, 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 shampoo. However, no specific interactions with clobetasol shampoo are known at this time.
Ask your health care provider if clobetasol shampoo 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 shampoo:
Use clobetasol shampoo as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.
- Separate the hair to expose the area of the scalp where the medicine will be applied. Apply medicine only to a dry scalp. Apply a thin film of medicine to the affected area. Avoid getting the medicine onto unaffected areas of skin. Gently massage the medicine into the area. Repeat for all areas of the scalp that require treatment with the medicine.
- Leave the medicine on the scalp for 15 minutes or as long as directed by your doctor. After leaving the medicine on the scalp for the prescribed length of time, add water to your hair and work into lather. Rinse the hair well. Rinse your hands and any area of skin, such as the neck, face, or shoulders, which may have come into contact with the medicine. Wash your hands after applying clobetasol shampoo.
- No additional shampoo is needed to cleanse your hair after using clobetasol shampoo. However, you may wash your hair with additional, non-medicated shampoo if desired.
- Do not place bandages or other coverings over the areas being treated.
- If you miss a dose of clobetasol shampoo, use it as soon as possible. If several hours have passed or if it is nearing time for the next dose, do not double the dose to catch up, unless advised by your health care provider. If more than one dose is missed, contact your health care provider or pharmacist.
Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use clobetasol shampoo.
Important safety information:
- Do NOT take more than the recommended dose or use for longer than 4 weeks without checking with your doctor.
- Do not use clobetasol shampoo for other scalp conditions at a later time.
- Do not get clobetasol shampoo in your eyes or on your lips. If the medicine gets into your eyes or on your lips, rinse immediately with plenty of water. If irritation or stinging develops after rinsing with water, contact your doctor as soon as possible for instructions.
- Do not use more than 1.75 ounces (50 mL) of clobetasol shampoo per week. Contact your doctor or pharmacist for more information.
- Clobetasol shampoo is for use on the scalp only. Do not apply the medicine to the face, groin, or armpit areas.
- Though very unlikely, it is possible clobetasol shampoo may be absorbed into your bloodstream. This may cause a problem known as hypothalamo-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) suppression that requires additional corticosteroid treatment. Certain people, including children, those who have used clobetasol shampoo for a long period of time, or those with serious illnesses may have an increased risk for developing these effects. Contact your doctor immediately if you develop vision problems, ongoing headache, increased thirst or urination, unusual weakness or weight loss, or dizziness.
- Clobetasol shampoo 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.
- Tell your doctor or dentist that you take clobetasol shampoo before you receive any medical or dental care, emergency care, or surgery.
- Lab tests may be performed while you use clobetasol shampoo. These tests may be used to monitor your condition or check for side effects. Be sure to keep all doctor and lab appointments.
- Clobetasol shampoo should not be used 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 shampoo while you are pregnant. It is not known if clobetasol shampoo is found in breast milk after topical use. If you are or will be breast-feeding while you use clobetasol shampoo, check with your doctor. Discuss any possible risks to your baby.
Possible side effects of clobetasol shampoo:
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:
Acne; blisters on the scalp; burning/stinging sensation; dry skin; itching; swelling of the follicles; tingling.
Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue); dizziness; increased thirst or urination; nausea; ongoing headache; unusual weakness or weight loss; vision problems; vomiting.
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 shampoo may be harmful if swallowed.Proper storage of clobetasol shampoo:
Store clobetasol shampoo at room temperature, between 68 and 77 degrees F (20 and 25 degrees C), in a tightly closed container. Do not use near an open flame. Store away from heat, moisture, and light. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep clobetasol shampoo out of the reach of children and away from pets.
- If you have any questions about clobetasol shampoo, please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
- Clobetasol shampoo 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 shampoo 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 shampoo. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to clobetasol shampoo. 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 shampoo.
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.