1 What is Clobevate?

Brand: Clobevate, Clobex, Cormax, Cormax Scalp Application, Embeline, Embeline E, Embeline Scalp Application, Olux, OluxOlux-E Complete Pack, Olux-E, Temovate, Temovate E

Generic: Clobetasol topical

Clobetasol topical is a steroid used to help relieve redness, itching, swelling, or other discomfort caused by skin conditions such as scalp problems and psoriasis. This drug requires a prescription.

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2 What to Know Before Using

Before taking this drug, the risks and benefits for your body should be discussed with your healthcare provider. Inform your healthcare provider for any allergic reactions to these drugs or any other drugs, foods, dyes, preservatives, or animals. 

Carefully read the label of non-prescription drugs for any possible allergic reaction or contraindications. Studies in children 12 years of age and older have not demonstrated any pediatric-specific problems that would limit the usefulness of clobetasol topical cream, foam, gel, ointment, or scalp solution. 

This drug should be used with caution in children as they may absorb large amounts through the skin, which can cause serious side effects. Use of clobetasol topical cream, foam, gel, ointment, scalp solution, shampoo or spray is not recommended for use children younger than 12 years of age since safety and efficacy have not been established. 

Studies in the elderly have not demonstrated geriatric-specific problems that would limit the usefulness of clobetasol topical. Caution is required in elderly patients using this topical drug as they are more likely to have unwanted effects. 

Adverse effects have been reported in animals but studies in pregnant women or animals are still inadequate. Studies still cannot determine the possibility infant risk when taking this drug during breastfeeding. Weigh the potential benefits against the potential risks before taking this medication while breastfeeding. 

Drugs should not be taken together to prevent any interactions but in necessary cases inquire your healthcare provider regarding the adjustments in dosage or any other necessary precautions to prevent any unwanted side effects. 

Inform your healthcare professional if you are taking any other drugs such as Pixantrone. Intake of specific food or using alcohol or tobacco with magnesium is associated with an increased risk of certain side effects. 

Your healthcare professional can give you special instructions about the use of food, alcohol, or tobacco. 

Inform your healthcare provider for any other medical problems such as acne vulgaris, perioral dermatitis, rosacea, Cushing's syndrome, diabetes or hyperglycemia, intracranial hypertension, liver failure, diaper dermatitis, large sores, broken skin, or severe skin injury at the place of application.

3 Proper Usage

This drug must be taken exactly as directed by your doctor. To prevent any side effects, take this drug exactly as directed in the label or as prescribed by your healthcare professional. This drug must be used on the skin only and avoid any contact in your eyes, nose, mouth, vagina, or skin areas that have cuts, scrapes, or burns. 

Rinse off with water immediately if accidental contact happens. Take this drug for the full time of treatment to ensure complete drug therapy and prevent any recurrences. This drug should not be used to treat certain kinds of skin infections or conditions, such as severe burns. 

Refrain from using this drug on the face, groin, or underarms, or have skin thinning unless directed by your healthcare professional. Proper hand washing is recommended before and after using this medicine. Follow the specific directions in the label or as directed by your healthcare professional. 

Apply a thin layer of this drug to the affected area of the skin. Rub it in gently. Do not bandage or otherwise wrap the skin or scalp being treated unless directed to do so by your healthcare professional. Consult with your healthcare provider before planning to take this drug in a prolonged period. 

The dose of this drug will be variable for different patients. The directions on the label or the prescription by your healthcare professional should be followed. The dosage of this drug you take depends on the medical problem for which you are using this drug.  

Adults and children 12 to 17 years with redness, itching, and swelling are advised to apply to the topical form to affected area of the skin two times per day. Use in children younger than 12 years of age is not recommended. Adults with plaque psoriasis should apply the lotion to the affected area of the skin two times per day. 

Use in children younger than 16 years of age is not recommended. Adults and children 12 to 17 years of age with psoriasis should apply the foam to the affected area of the skin two times per day, once in the morning and once at night. Use in children younger than 12 years of age is not recommended. 

For adults using the spray form, spray to the affected area of the skin two times per day. Use of spray in children is not recommended. A missed dose should be taken as soon as possible. However, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule if it is almost time for your next dose. 

Dispose any outdated or expired drugs and ask your healthcare professional for the proper disposal of the drugs. Do not keep this drug inside a car where it could be exposed to extreme heat. Do not poke holes in the canister or throw it into a fire, even if the canister is empty. 

Store the TemovateВ® E cream at room temperature, away from heat, moisture, and direct light. Do not refrigerate. Keep from freezing. Keep out of the reach of children.

4 Precautions to Take

Your healthcare provider should closely monitor the effectiveness of this drug as well as check for unwanted effects.  Consult with your healthcare professional if your symptoms do not improve or if they become worse within a few days. 

Increased or prolonged use of this drug may increase your risk of having adrenal gland problems especially in children and patients who use large amounts for a long time. 

Contact your healthcare professional immediately if you experience symptoms of: 

  • blurred vision
  • dizziness or fainting
  • a fast, irregular, or pounding heartbeat
  • increased thirst or urination 
  • irritability, or unusual tiredness or weakness
  • skin rash, burning, stinging, swelling, or irritation on the skin 

Inform your healthcare professional that you are using clobetasol cream or gel. To prevent any unwanted effects, refrain from using clobetasol together with cosmetics or other topical corticosteroid-containing medicines, such as betamethasone, hydrocortisone, triamcinolone, CortaidВ®, or LotrisoneВ®.

5 Potential Side Effects

Side effects may vary for each individual and prompt medical attention should be given if they occur. 

Inform you healthcare provider immediately if you experience any unusual symptoms such as:

  • burning or stinging at the application site
  • burning sensation of the skin
  • dry skin
  • flushing or redness of the skin
  • itching
  • scaling
  • severe redness
  • soreness
  • or swelling of the skin
  • skin irritation
  • skin rash
  • encrusted
  • scaly and oozing
  • thinning of the skin with easy bruising
  • especially when used on the face or where the skin folds together
  • burning, itching, and pain in hairy areas
  • pus at the root of the hair
  • hair loss
  • redness and scaling around the mouth
  • thinning of the hair
  • thinning, weakness, or wasting away of the skin

Some side effects may occur that usually do not need medical attention. These side effects will eventually disappear as your body adjusts to the drug. Ask your healthcare professional about ways to prevent or reduce some of these side effects. 

If any of the following side effects persists, or are inconvenient, or if you notice any other effects, or if you have any questions about them, consult with your health care professional. 

If any of the following side effects persists, or are inconvenient, or if you notice any other effects, or if you have any questions about them, consult with your health care professional. Report any side effects to the FDA hotline at 1-800-FDA-1088.