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Clocortolone Cream Prescribing Information

Package insert / product label
Generic name: clocortolone pivalate
Dosage form: cream
Drug class: Topical steroids

Medically reviewed by Last updated on Jun 19, 2022.

Rx Only

For Topical Use Only


Clocortolone Cream Description

Clocortolone pivalate cream USP, 0.1% contains the medium potency topical corticosteroid, clocortolone pivalate, in a specially formulated water-washable emollient cream base consisting of benzyl alcohol, carbomer homopolymer Type B (carbopol 974P), edetate disodium, methylparaben, mineral oil, polyoxyl 40 stearate (MYRJ 40S), propylparaben, purified water, sodium hydroxide, stearyl alcohol and white petrolatum.

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

Chemical Structure

Clocortolone Cream - Clinical Pharmacology

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

The mechanism of anti-inflammatory activity of the topical corticosteroids is 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.


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 increase percutaneous 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. (See DOSAGE AND ADMINISTRATION).

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 a history 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 glucosuria in 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 potent steroid.

Recovery of HPA axis function is generally prompt and complete upon discontinuation of the drug. Infrequently, 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 PRECAUTIONS-Pediatric 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 reactions especially 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-term animal studies have not been performed to evaluate the carcinogenic potential or the effect on fertility of topical corticosteroids.

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


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 suppression in 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/Side Effects

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 amounts to produce systemic effects (see PRECAUTIONS).

Clocortolone Cream Dosage and Administration

Apply clocortolone pivalate cream USP, 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 or recalcitrant 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 USP, 0.1% is supplied in 45 gram and 90 gram tubes.

45 gram tubeNDC 51672-4166-6
90 gram tubeNDC 51672-4166-8


Store at 20° to 25°C (68° to 77°F) [see USP Controlled Room Temperature]. Protect from freezing.

Mfd. by: Taro Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd.
Haifa Bay, Israel 2624761
Dist. by: Taro Pharmaceuticals U.S.A., Inc.
Hawthorne, NY 10532

Revised: July 2020


NDC 51672-4166-8

90 g

Clocortolone Pivalate
Cream USP, 0.1%
For Topical Use Only

Rx only

Keep this and all medications out of the reach of children.


clocortolone pivalate cream
Product Information
Product TypeHUMAN PRESCRIPTION DRUGItem Code (Source)NDC:51672-4166
Route of AdministrationTOPICAL
Active Ingredient/Active Moiety
Ingredient NameBasis of StrengthStrength
Clocortolone Pivalate (UNII: QBL8IZH14X) (Clocortolone - UNII:N8ZUB7XE0H) Clocortolone Pivalate0.001 g in 1 g
Inactive Ingredients
Ingredient NameStrength
benzyl alcohol (UNII: LKG8494WBH)
carbomer homopolymer type b (allyl pentaerythritol crosslinked) (UNII: HHT01ZNK31)
edetate disodium (UNII: 7FLD91C86K)
methylparaben (UNII: A2I8C7HI9T)
mineral oil (UNII: T5L8T28FGP)
polyoxyl 40 stearate (UNII: 13A4J4NH9I)
propylparaben (UNII: Z8IX2SC1OH)
water (UNII: 059QF0KO0R)
sodium hydroxide (UNII: 55X04QC32I)
stearyl alcohol (UNII: 2KR89I4H1Y)
petrolatum (UNII: 4T6H12BN9U)
#Item CodePackage DescriptionMarketing Start DateMarketing End Date
1NDC:51672-4166-61 in 1 CARTON04/21/2020
145 g in 1 TUBE; Type 0: Not a Combination Product
2NDC:51672-4166-81 in 1 CARTON04/21/2020
290 g in 1 TUBE; Type 0: Not a Combination Product
Marketing Information
Marketing CategoryApplication Number or Monograph CitationMarketing Start DateMarketing End Date
Labeler - Taro Pharmaceuticals U.S.A., inc. (145186370)
NameAddressID/FEIBusiness Operations
Taro Pharmaceutical Industries, Ltd.600072078MANUFACTURE(51672-4166)