Generic name: Clobetasol Shampoo (kloe BAY ta sol)
Brand name: Clobex
Drug class: Topical steroids
Medically reviewed by Drugs.com. Last updated on Nov 1, 2020.
Uses of Clobetasol Shampoo:
- It is used to treat scalp psoriasis.
What do I need to tell my doctor BEFORE I take Clobetasol Shampoo?
- If you are allergic to clobetasol shampoo; any part of clobetasol shampoo; or any other drugs, foods, or substances. Tell your doctor about the allergy and what signs you had.
- If you have thinning of the skin where you are putting clobetasol shampoo.
- If there is an infection where clobetasol shampoo will be used.
This is not a list of all drugs or health problems that interact with clobetasol shampoo.
Tell your doctor and pharmacist about all of your drugs (prescription or OTC, natural products, vitamins) and health problems. You must check to make sure that it is safe for you to take clobetasol shampoo with all of your drugs and health problems. Do not start, stop, or change the dose of any drug without checking with your doctor.
What are some things I need to know or do while I take Clobetasol Shampoo?
- Tell all of your health care providers that you take clobetasol shampoo. This includes your doctors, nurses, pharmacists, and dentists.
- Talk with your doctor before you use other drugs or products on your skin.
- Do not put on cuts, scrapes, or damaged skin.
- Do not use longer than you have been told by the doctor.
- This medicine may cause harm if swallowed. If clobetasol shampoo is swallowed, call a doctor or poison control center right away.
- This medicine may raise the chance of cataracts or glaucoma. Talk with the doctor.
- Use with care in children. Talk with the doctor.
- This medicine may affect growth in children and teens in some cases. They may need regular growth checks. Talk with the doctor.
- Some products are not approved for use in children. Talk with the doctor.
- Tell your doctor if you are pregnant, plan on getting pregnant, or are breast-feeding. You will need to talk about the benefits and risks to you and the baby.
How is this medicine (Clobetasol Shampoo) best taken?
Use clobetasol shampoo as ordered by your doctor. Read all information given to you. Follow all instructions closely.
- Do not take clobetasol shampoo by mouth. Use on your scalp and hair only. Keep out of your mouth, nose, ears, and eyes (may burn).
- Use as you have been told, even if your signs get better.
- Do not put on the face, underarms, or the groin area. Do not put on skin that is thinning.
- Wash your hands before and after use.
- To use on the scalp, part your hair. Put a thin layer on the affected skin. Put on a dry scalp. Rub in gently. Leave on the scalp for 15 minutes.
- Do not cover head while shampoo is on hair.
- After 15 minutes, wet the hair with water and lather.
- Rinse well.
What do I do if I miss a dose?
- Put on a missed dose as soon as you think about it.
- If it is close to the time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your normal time.
- Do not put on 2 doses at the same time or extra doses.
What are some side effects that I need to call my doctor about right away?
WARNING/CAUTION: Even though it may be rare, some people may have very bad and sometimes deadly side effects when taking a drug. Tell your doctor or get medical help right away if you have any of the following signs or symptoms that may be related to a very bad side effect:
- Signs of an allergic reaction, like rash; hives; itching; red, swollen, blistered, or peeling skin with or without fever; wheezing; tightness in the chest or throat; trouble breathing, swallowing, or talking; unusual hoarseness; or swelling of the mouth, face, lips, tongue, or throat.
- Signs of high blood sugar like confusion, feeling sleepy, more thirst, more hungry, passing urine more often, flushing, fast breathing, or breath that smells like fruit.
- Signs of Cushing's disease like weight gain in the upper back or belly, moon face, very bad headache, or slow healing.
- Signs of a weak adrenal gland like a very bad upset stomach or throwing up, very bad dizziness or passing out, muscle weakness, feeling very tired, mood changes, not hungry, or weight loss.
- Skin changes (pimples, stretch marks, slow healing, hair growth).
- Irritation where clobetasol shampoo is used.
- Thinning of the skin.
- Change in eyesight, eye pain, or very bad eye irritation.
What are some other side effects of Clobetasol Shampoo?
All drugs may cause side effects. However, many people have no side effects or only have minor side effects. Call your doctor or get medical help if any of these side effects or any other side effects bother you or do not go away:
- Burning or stinging.
- Dry skin.
These are not all of the side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, call your doctor. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects.
You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-332-1088. You may also report side effects at https://www.fda.gov/medwatch.
If OVERDOSE is suspected:
If you think there has been an overdose, call your poison control center or get medical care right away. Be ready to tell or show what was taken, how much, and when it happened.
How do I store and/or throw out Clobetasol Shampoo?
- Store at room temperature. Do not refrigerate or freeze.
- Be sure you know how long you can store clobetasol shampoo before you need to throw it away.
- Keep all drugs in a safe place. Keep all drugs out of the reach of children and pets.
- Throw away unused or expired drugs. Do not flush down a toilet or pour down a drain unless you are told to do so. Check with your pharmacist if you have questions about the best way to throw out drugs. There may be drug take-back programs in your area.
Consumer information use
- If your symptoms or health problems do not get better or if they become worse, call your doctor.
- Do not share your drugs with others and do not take anyone else's drugs.
- Some drugs may have another patient information leaflet. Check with your pharmacist. If you have any questions about clobetasol shampoo, please talk with your doctor, nurse, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
- If you think there has been an overdose, call your poison control center or get medical care right away. Be ready to tell or show what was taken, how much, and when it happened.
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