Generic Name: clobetasol (kloe-BAY-ta-sol)
Brand Name: Clobex
Clobetasol spray is used for:
Treating moderate to severe psoriasis. It may also be used for other conditions as determined by your doctor.
Clobetasol spray is a topical corticosteroid. It works by reducing skin inflammation (eg, redness, swelling, itching, irritation) in a way that is not clearly understood.
Do NOT use clobetasol spray if:
- you are allergic to any ingredient in clobetasol spray
- you have thinning of the skin at the treatment site
Contact your doctor or health care provider right away if any of these apply to you.
Before using clobetasol spray:
Some medical conditions may interact with clobetasol spray. 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 hardening of the skin or any kind of skin infection, cuts, scrapes, or lessened blood flow to your skin
- if you have measles, tuberculosis, chickenpox, or shingles; or have had a positive tuberculosis test
- if you have recently had or are scheduled to receive a vaccination
- if you are taking other corticosteroids by mouth (eg, prednisone) or are using other products on your skin that contain corticosteroids (eg, hydrocortisone)
Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with clobetasol spray. Because little, if any, of clobetasol spray is absorbed into the blood, the risk of it interacting with another medicine is low.
Ask your health care provider if clobetasol spray 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 spray:
Use clobetasol spray as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.
- An extra patient leaflet is available with clobetasol spray. Talk to your pharmacist if you have questions about this information.
- Spray medicine onto the affected area. Use only enough to cover the affected area. Gently rub the medicine in until it is evenly distributed. Wash your hands after applying clobetasol spray, unless your hands are part of the treated area.
- Do not bandage or cover the treated skin area unless directed by your doctor. Do not wear tight-fitting clothes over the treated area.
- If you miss a dose of clobetasol spray, 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 spray.
Important safety information:
- Clobetasol spray is for external use only. Do not get clobetasol spray in your eyes, nose, mouth, or on your lips. Do not get it in the vagina. If you get it in any of these areas, rinse immediately with cool water.
- Do not use clobetasol spray on the face, groin, diaper area, or underarms.
- Do not use clobetasol spray to treat rosacea or conditions around the mouth.
- Do NOT use more than the recommended dose, use more often than prescribed, or use for longer than prescribed without checking with your doctor. Doing so may increase your risk of side effects.
- If your symptoms do not get better within 2 weeks or if they get worse, check with your doctor.
- Do not use clobetasol spray to treat large areas of your body without first checking with your doctor.
- Tell your doctor or dentist that you take clobetasol spray before you receive any medical or dental care, emergency care, or surgery.
- Check with your doctor before having vaccinations while using clobetasol spray.
- Do not use clobetasol spray for other skin conditions at a later time.
- Clobetasol spray has a corticosteroid in it. Before you start any new medicine, check the label to see if it has a corticosteroid in it too. If it does or if you are not sure, check with your doctor or pharmacist.
- Clobetasol spray is flammable. Do not store or use near an open flame or while smoking.
- Clobetasol spray should not be used in CHILDREN younger than 18 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 spray while you are pregnant. It is not known if clobetasol spray is found in breast milk after topical use. If you are or will be breast-feeding while you use clobetasol spray, check with your doctor. Discuss any possible risks to your baby.
Possible side effects of clobetasol spray:
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:
Dryness; mild burning, itching, or stinging; mild sore throat or runny nose.
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 spray; dark red blotches on the skin; excessive hair growth; general feeling of being unwell; inflamed hair follicles; inflammation around the mouth; muscle weakness; numbness of fingers; persistent sore throat, cough, or congestion; severe or persistent headache; symptoms of high blood sugar (eg, increased thirst, hunger, or urination; confusion; drowsiness; flushing; rapid breathing; fruit-like breath odor); thinning, softening, or discoloration of the skin; unusual weight gain, especially in the face; vision changes.
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 muscle weakness; severe or persistent headache; symptoms of high blood sugar (eg, increased thirst, hunger, or urination; confusion; drowsiness; flushing; rapid breathing; fruit-like breath odor); unusual weight gain, especially in the face; vision changes.Proper storage of clobetasol spray:
Store clobetasol spray at room temperature, between 68 and 77 degrees F (20 and 25 degrees C). Do not store above 86 degrees F (30 degrees C). Store away from heat, moisture, and light. Do not refrigerate or freeze. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep clobetasol spray out of the reach of children and away from pets.
- If you have any questions about clobetasol spray, please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
- Clobetasol spray 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 spray 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 spray. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to clobetasol spray. 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 spray.
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.