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Generic Name: clobetasol topical

It is used on the skin to treat itching, redness, and swelling caused by some skin conditions
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What is this medicine?

CLOBETASOL (kloe BAY ta sol) is a corticosteroid. It is used on the skin to treat itching, redness, and swelling caused by some skin conditions.

What should I tell my health care provider before I take this medicine?

They need to know if you have any of these conditions:
  • any type of active infection including measles, tuberculosis, herpes, or chickenpox
  • circulation problems or vascular disease
  • large areas of burned or damaged skin
  • rosacea
  • skin wasting or thinning
  • an unusual or allergic reaction to clobetasol, corticosteroids, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
  • pregnant or trying to get pregnant
  • breast-feeding

How should I use this medicine?

This medicine is for external use only. Do not take by mouth. Follow the directions on the prescription label. Wash your hands before and after use. Invert the foam can and dispense a small amount of foam (up to a golf ball size dollop) into the cap of the can, onto a saucer or other cool surface, or directly on the lesion. Do not dispense the foam onto the hands, as the foam will begin to melt immediately upon contact with warm skin, and will be difficult to apply to all affected areas. If applying to the scalp, move the hair away from the affected area(s) of the scalp so that the foam can be applied. Gently massage into affected scalp area(s) until the foam disappears. Repeat until entire affected area is treated. Do not bandage or wrap the skin being treated unless directed to do so by your doctor or health care professional. Do not get this medicine in your eyes. If you do, rinse out with plenty of cool tap water. Do not use your medicine more often than directed or for longer than ordered by your doctor or health care professional. To do so may increase the chance of side effects.

Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. Special care may be needed.

Elderly patients are more likely to have damaged skin through aging, and this may increase side effects. This medicine should only be used for brief periods and infrequently in older patients.

What if I miss a dose?

If you miss a dose, use it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, use only that dose. Do not use double or extra doses without advice.

What may interact with this medicine?

Interactions are not expected. Do not use cosmetics or other skin care products on the treated area.

What should I watch for while using this medicine?

Tell your doctor or health care professional if your symptoms do not get better within 2 weeks, or if you develop skin irritation from the medicine.

Tell your doctor or health care professional if you are exposed to anyone with measles or chickenpox, or if you develop sores or blisters that do not heal properly.

What side effects may I notice from receiving this medicine?

Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible:
  • allergic reactions like skin rash, itching or hives, swelling of the face, lips, or tongue
  • changes in vision
  • lack of healing of the skin condition
  • painful, red, pus filled blisters on the skin or in hair follicles
  • thinning of the skin with easy bruising

Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):

  • burning, irritation of the skin
  • redness or scaling of the skin

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