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Clocortolone Cream

Generic Name: clocortolone pivalate
Dosage Form: cream

Medically reviewed on February 1, 2018

Rx Only




Clocortolone Cream Description

Clocortolone Pivalate Cream 0.1% contains the medium potency topical corticosteroid, clocortolone pivalate, in a specially formulated water-washable emollient cream base consisting of purified water, white petrolatum, mineral oil, stearyl alcohol, polyoxyl 40 stearate,carbomer 934P, edetate disodium, sodium hydroxide, with methylparaben and propylparaben as preservatives.

Chemically, clocortolone pivalate is 9-chloro-6α-fluoro-11β,21-dihydroxy-16α methylpregna-1,4-diene-3, 20-dione 21-pivalate.Its structure is as follows:α-fluoro-11β,21-dihydroxy-16α methylpregna-1,4-diene-3, 20-dione 21-pivalate.Its structure is as follows:α methylpregna-1,4-diene-3, 20-dione 21-pivalate.Its structure is as follows:

Clocortolone Cream - Clinical Pharmacology

Topical corticosteroids share anti-inflammatory, antipruritic and vasoconstrictive actions.

The mechanism of anti-inflammatory activity of the topical corticosteroidsis unclear. Various laboratory methods, including vasoconstrictor assays, are used to compare and predict potencies and/or clinical efficacies of the topical corticosteroids. There is some evidence to suggest that a recognizable correlation exists between vasoconstrictor potency and therapeutic efficacy in man.

Pharmacokinetics: The extent of percutaneous absorption of topical corticosteroids is determined by many factors including the vehicle, the integrity of the epidermal barrier, and the use of occlusive dressings.The extent of percutaneous absorption of topical corticosteroids is determined by many factors including the vehicle, the integrity of the epidermal barrier, and the use of occlusive dressings.

Topical corticosteroids can be absorbed from normal intact skin. Inflammation and/or other disease processes in the skin increasepercutaneous absorption. Occlusive dressings substantially increase the percutaneous absorption of topical corticosteroids. Thus, occlusive dressings may be a valuable therapeutic adjunct for treatment of resistant dermatoses.


Once absorbed through the skin, topical corticosteroids are handled through pharmacokinetic pathways similar to systemically administered corticosteroids. Corticosteroids are bound to plasma proteins in varying degrees. Corticosteroids are metabolized primarily in the liver and are then excreted by the kidneys. Some of the topical corticosteroids and their metabolites are also excreted into the bile.

Indications and Usage for Clocortolone Cream

Topical corticosteroids are indicated for the relief of the inflammatory and pruritic manifestations of corticosteroid-responsive dermatoses.


Topical corticosteroids are contraindicated in those patients with ahistory of hypersensitivity to any of the components of the preparation.



Systemic absorption of topical corticosteroids has produced reversible hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis suppression, manifestations of Cushing’s syndrome, hyperglycemia, and glucosuriain some patients.

Conditions which augment systemic absorption include the application of the more potent steroids, use over large surface areas, prolonged use, and the addition of occlusive dressings.

Therefore, patients receiving a large dose of a potent topical steroid applied to a large surface area or under an occlusive dressing should be evaluated periodically for evidence of HPA axis suppression by using the urinary free cortisol and ACTH stimulation tests. If HPA axis suppression is noted, an attempt should be made to withdraw the drug,to reduce the frequency of application, or to substitute a less potentsteroid.

Recovery of HPA axis function is generally prompt and complete upon discontinuation of the drug. In frequently, signs and symptoms of steroid withdrawal may occur, requiring supplemental systemic corticosteroids.

Children may absorb proportionally larger amounts of topical corticosteroids and thus be more susceptible to systemic toxicity.(See PRECAUTIONS1Pediatric Use).

If irritation develops, topical corticosteroids should be discontinued and appropriate therapy instituted.

In the presence of dermatological infections, the use of an appropriate antifungal or antibacterial agent should be instituted. If a favorable response does not occur promptly, the corticosteroid should be discontinued until the infection has been adequately controlled.


Information for the Patient

Patients using topical corticosteroids should receive the following information and instructions:

1. This medication is to be used as directed by the physician. It is for external use only. Avoid contact with the eyes.

2. Patients should be advised not to use this medication for any disorder other than for which it was prescribed.

3. The treated skin area should not be bandaged or otherwise covered or wrapped as to be occlusive unless directed by the physician.

4. Patients should report any signs of local adverse reactionse specially under occlusive dressing.

5. Parents of pediatric patients should be advised not to use tight-fitting diapers or plastic pants on a child being treated in the diaper area, as these garments may constitute occlusive dressings.

Laboratory Tests

The following tests may be helpful in evaluating the HPA axis suppression:

Urinary free cortisol test

ACTH stimulation test

Carcinogenesis, Mutagenesis, and Impairment of Fertility

Long-termanimal studies have not been performed to evaluate the carcinogenic potentialor the effect on fertility of topical corticosteroids.

Studies to determine mutagenicity with prednisolone and hydrocortisone have revealed negative results.

Pregnancy Category C

Corticosteroids are generally teratogenic in laboratory animals when administered systemically at relatively low dosage levels. The more potent corticosteroids have been shown to be teratogenic after dermal application in laboratory animals. There are no adequate and well-controlled studies in pregnant women on teratogenic effects from topically applied corticosteroids. Therefore, topical corticosteroids should be used during pregnancy only if the potential benefit justifies the potential risk to the fetus. Drugs of this class should not be used extensively on pregnant patients, in large amounts, or for prolonged periods of time.

Nursing Mothers

It is not known whether topical administration of corticosteroids could result in sufficient systemic absorption to produce detectable quantities in breast milk. Systemically administered corticosteroids are secreted into breast milk in quantities not likely to have deleterious effect on the infant. Nevertheless, caution should be exercised when topical corticosteroids are administered to a nursing woman.

Pediatric Use

Pediatric patients may demonstrate greater susceptibility to topical corticosteroid-induced HPA axis suppression and Cushing’s syndrome than mature patients because of a larger skin surface area body weight ratio.

Hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis suppression, Cushing’s syndrome, and intracranial hypertension have been reported in children receiving topical corticosteroids. Manifestations of adrenal suppressionin children include linear growth retardation, delayed weight gain, low plasma cortisol levels, and absence of response to ACTH stimulation. Manifestations of intracranial hypertension include bulging fontanelles,headaches, and bilateral papilledema.

Administration of topical corticosteroids to children should be limited to the least amount compatible with an effective therapeutic regimen.Chronic corticosteroid therapy may interfere with the growth and development of children.

Adverse Reactions

The following local adverse reactions are reported infrequently with topical corticosteroids, but may occur more frequently with the use of occlusive dressings. These reactions are listed in an approximate decreasing order of occurrence:







Acneform eruptions


Perioral dermatitis

Allergic contact dermatitis

Maceration of the skin

Secondary infection

Skin atrophy




Topically applied corticosteroids can be absorbed in sufficient amountsto produce systemic effects (see PRECAUTIONS).

Clocortolone Cream Dosage and Administration

Apply Clocortolone Pivalate Cream 0.1% sparingly to the affected areas three times a day and rub in gently.

Occlusive dressings may be used for the management of psoriasis orrecalcitrant conditions.

If an infection develops, the use of occlusive dressings should be discontinued and appropriate anti-microbial therapy instituted.

How is Clocortolone Cream Supplied

Clocortolone Pivalate Cream 0.1% is supplied in 30 gram and 75 gram pump bottles, 45 gram and 90 gram tubes.

30 gram pump bottle NDC 43598-341-30
75 gram pump bottle NDC 43598-341-75
45 gram tube NDC 43598-341-45
90 gram tube NDC 43598-341-90


Store Clocortolone Pivalate Cream 0.1% between 15° and 30° C(59° and 86° F). Avoid freezing.

Distributed by:

Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories, Inc.

Princeton, NJ 08540

Manufactured by:

DPT Laboratories, Ltd.

San Antonio. Texas 78215


30 gram Bottle Label:

30 gram Bottle Carton Label

clocortolone pivalate cream
Product Information
Product Type HUMAN PRESCRIPTION DRUG LABEL Item Code (Source) NDC:43598-341
Route of Administration TOPICAL DEA Schedule     
Active Ingredient/Active Moiety
Ingredient Name Basis of Strength Strength
clocortolone pivalate (clocortolone) clocortolone pivalate 0.001 g  in 1 g
Inactive Ingredients
Ingredient Name Strength
# Item Code Package Description
1 NDC:43598-341-30 1 BOTTLE, PUMP in 1 CARTON
1 30 g in 1 BOTTLE, PUMP
2 NDC:43598-341-45 1 TUBE in 1 CARTON
2 45 g in 1 TUBE
3 NDC:43598-341-75 1 BOTTLE, PUMP in 1 CARTON
3 75 g in 1 BOTTLE, PUMP
4 NDC:43598-341-90 1 TUBE in 1 CARTON
4 90 g in 1 TUBE
Marketing Information
Marketing Category Application Number or Monograph Citation Marketing Start Date Marketing End Date
NDA authorized generic NDA017765 02/17/2014
Labeler - Dr. Reddy's Laboratories Inc (802315887)
Name Address ID/FEI Operations
DPT Laboratories Ltd. 832224526 manufacture(43598-341), analysis(43598-341)
Dr. Reddy's Laboratories Inc