What is Olux?
Clobetasol is a highly potent steroid that helps reduce inflammation in the body.
Olux (for the skin) is used to treat inflammation and itching caused by plaque psoriasis or skin conditions that respond to steroid medication.
Olux may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.
Follow all directions on your medicine label and package. Tell each of your healthcare providers about all your medical conditions, allergies, and all medicines you use.
Before taking this medicine
You should not use Olux if you are allergic to it.
Tell your doctor if you have ever had:
any type of skin infection;
a skin reaction to any steroid medicine;
liver disease; or
an adrenal gland disorder.
Steroid medicines can increase the glucose (sugar) levels in your blood or urine. Tell your doctor if you have diabetes.
It is not known whether Olux will harm an unborn baby. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant.
It may not be safe to breastfeed while using this medicine. Ask your doctor about any risk. If you apply clobetasol to your chest, avoid areas that may come into contact with the baby's mouth.
Olux is not approved for use by anyone younger than 12 years old. Some brands or forms of this medicine are for use only in adults 18 and over.
Children can absorb larger amounts of this medicine through the skin and may be more likely to have side effects.
How should I use Olux?
Follow all directions on your prescription label and read all medication guides or instruction sheets. Use the medicine exactly as directed.
Do not take by mouth. Topical medicine is for use only on the skin. Rinse with water if this medicine gets in your eyes or mouth.
Do not use Olux on broken or infected skin. Also avoid using this medicine in open wounds.
Wash your hands before and after using clobetasol, unless you are using the medicine to treat the skin on your hands.
Apply a thin layer of medicine to the affected skin and rub it in gently. Do not apply this medicine over a large area of skin unless your doctor has told you to.
Do not cover the treated skin area with a bandage or other covering unless your doctor tells you to. Covering treated areas can increase the amount of medicine absorbed through your skin and may cause harmful effects.
If you are treating the diaper area, do not use plastic pants or tight-fitting diapers.
This medicine is for short-term use only (2 weeks, or up to 4 weeks for scalp psoriasis). Follow your doctor's dosing instructions very carefully.
If you use clobetasol to treat plaque psoriasis, you should stop using the medicine once your skin symptoms are controlled.
Call your doctor if your symptoms do not improve, or if they get worse.
You should not stop using clobetasol suddenly. Follow your doctor's instructions about tapering your dose.
Store at room temperature away from moisture and heat. Keep from freezing.
Clobetasol foam is flammable. Do not use near high heat or open flame. Do not smoke until the foam has completely dried on your skin.
What happens if I miss a dose?
Apply the medicine as soon as you can, but skip the missed dose if it is almost time for your next dose. Do not apply two doses at one time.
What happens if I overdose?
Seek emergency medical attention or call the Poison Help line at 1-800-222-1222 if anyone has accidentally swallowed the medication.
High doses or long-term use of Olux can lead to thinning skin, easy bruising, changes in body fat (especially in your face, neck, back, and waist), increased acne or facial hair, menstrual problems, impotence, or loss of interest in sex.
What should I avoid while using clobetasol topical?
Avoid applying Olux to your face, underarms, or groin area.
Do not use this medicine to treat any condition that has not been checked by your doctor.
Avoid using other topical steroid medications on the areas you treat with clobetasol unless your doctor tells you to.
Olux side effects
Get emergency medical help if you have signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficult breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.
Olux may cause serious side effects. Call your doctor at once if you have:
worsening of your skin condition;
redness, warmth, swelling, oozing, or severe irritation of any treated skin;
blurred vision, tunnel vision, eye pain, or seeing halos around lights;
high blood sugar--increased thirst, increased urination, dry mouth, fruity breath odor; or
possible signs of absorbing this medicine through your skin--weight gain in your face and shoulders, slow wound healing, skin discoloration, thinning skin, increased body hair, tiredness, mood changes, menstrual changes, sexual changes.
Common side effects of Olux may include:
burning, itching, swelling, or irritation of treated skin;
dry or cracking skin;
redness or crusting around your hair follicles;
stretch marks, thinning skin;
rash or hives;
temporary hair loss.
This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
What other drugs will affect Olux?
Medicine used on the skin is not likely to be affected by other drugs you use. But many drugs can interact with each other. Tell each of your health care providers about all medicines you use, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products.
The Olux Foam product is specifically approved and formulated to be used for plaque psoriasis on the scalp. To use Olux, move your hair away and apply a thin layer of the foam to the affected scalp area 2 times each day and rub in gently. Wash your hands after each use. Do not bandage or cover the area unless your doctor directs you to do this. Continue reading
Yes, hair thinning and hair loss has been reported as a side effect with the use of clobetasol propionate topical 0.05% (Olux Foam). The number of people that have reported these side effects is not known. This does not appear to be a frequent or serious side effect. Continue reading
Clobetasol can stimulate hair growth. Regrowth may be noticed as early as six weeks into treatment but may take up to 12 to 14 weeks to occur. In some people, hair regrowth does not persist long-term. Clobetasol should only be used for hair loss associated with inflammatory conditions of the scalp such as alopecia areata, scarring alopecia, psoriasis, eczema, or dermatitis. Hair loss or hair thinning may also occur, but this is a very rare side effect and is estimated to occur in only 1 out of every 300 people who use clobetasol. Clobetasol is a potent topical steroid and is not a good option for hair and scalp conditions that are not associated with inflammation. Continue reading
Clobetasol is effective at stimulating hair growth. Research has shown hair regrowth was stimulated in about 20 to 25% of people who used clobetasol ointment and in about 47% of people who used clobetasol foam. Regrowth was noticed as early as six weeks into treatment but may take up to 12 to 14 weeks to develop. Continue reading
It takes about one to three days for clobetasol propionate to start working when it is being used to treat eczema. Some improvement in symptoms such as inflammation (redness) and itching, should be noticed within this time. Other symptoms, such as dryness, crusting, or scaling may take a bit longer to resolve, but improvement should occur within a week. Continue reading
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