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Generic Name: clobetasol topical (kloe BAY ta sol)
Brand Name: Clobex, Clodan, Cormax, Olux, Olux-E, Temovate

Medically reviewed by on Aug 21, 2018 – Written by Cerner Multum

What is Olux?

See also: Dupixent

Clobetasol is a highly potent steroid. It reduces the actions of chemicals in the body that cause inflammation.

Olux (for the skin) is used to treat inflammation and itching of the skin caused by conditions such as eczema and psoriasis.

Olux may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.

Important Information

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:

Olux should not be used on a child younger than 12 years old. Children can absorb larger amounts of Olux through the skin and may be more likely to have side effects.

It is not known whether this medicine will harm an unborn baby. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant.

If you apply Olux to your chest, avoid areas that may come into contact with the baby's mouth.

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.

Do not use Olux on broken or infected skin. Also avoid using this medicine in open wounds.

Wash your hands before and after using Olux, unless you are using the medicine to treat the skin on your hands.

Use the smallest amount that is effective in treating your condition. Do not use this medicine for longer than prescribed.

Do not cover the treated skin area 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.

Call your doctor if your symptoms do not improve after 2 weeks of treatment, or if you have signs of a skin infection.

If you use this medicine long-term, you may need frequent medical tests. If you need surgery, tell your surgeon you currently use this medicine.

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?

Use the medicine as soon as you can, but skip the missed dose if it is almost time for your next dose. Do not use 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.

An overdose of Olux is not expected to produce life threatening symptoms. Long term use of high doses 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?

Do not use Olux to treat any condition that has not been checked by your doctor.

Avoid using Olux to treat skin on your face, underarms, or groin area without your doctor's advice.

Do not get this medicine in your eyes. If contact does occur, rinse with water.

Olux side effects

Get emergency medical help if you have signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

Serious side effects are unlikely when clobetasol is applied to the skin, but can occur if the medicine is absorbed into your bloodstream.

Stop using this medicine and call your doctor at once if you have:

  • severe irritation of any treated skin;

  • blurred vision, tunnel vision, eye pain, or seeing halos around lights;

  • adrenal gland problems--nausea, vomiting, fever, feeling light-headed, chest pain or pressure;

  • high blood sugar--increased thirst, increased urination, dry mouth, fruity breath odor; or

  • possible signs of absorbing this medicine through your skin--weight gain (especially in your face or your upper back and torso); slow wound healing, thinning skin, increased body hair; changes in sexual function; feeling depressed, anxious, or irritable.

Clobetasol can affect growth in children. Tell your doctor if your child is not growing at a normal rate while using this medicine.

Common side effects may include:

  • burning, itching, or irritation of treated skin;

  • dry or cracking skin;

  • redness or crusting around your hair follicles;

  • spider veins;

  • stretch marks;

  • acne; or

  • 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.

Further information

Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children, never share your medicines with others, and use this medication only for the indication prescribed.

Always consult your healthcare provider to ensure the information displayed on this page applies to your personal circumstances.

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