Clobetasol (Clobetasol Propionate)
What is Clobetasol (Clobetasol Propionate) used for?
Clobetasol (Clobetasol Propionate) is a topical corticosteroid used to treat patients who are suffering from inflammatory skin conditions such as eczema or psoriasis. The medication prevents the release of enzymes in the body that cause irritation and swelling to prevent the symptoms associated with these conditions from occurring. Your physician may also recommend its use for treating other unlisted conditions.
How should I use Clobetasol (Clobetasol Propionate)?
Clobetasol (Clobetasol Propionate) should always be used according to your physician's instructions to get the most effective results from treatment. The typical regimen is one daily application, but your individual directions will depend on your current health and the severity of your symptoms. Rinse the area being treated before each use to remove dirt or loose skin, apply a small amount of cream, gently massage it into the skin, and leave the area uncovered allowing any excess cream to evaporate. Thoroughly wash your hands with soap and water to prevent the cream from contacting any areas not being treated or the severity of your symptoms.
What are the side effects of Clobetasol (Clobetasol Propionate)?
Side effects that may occur while using Clobetasol (Clobetasol Propionate) include:
Serious side effects that may require emergency medical attention are unusual mood changes, weight gain, muscle weakness, insomnia, or signs of an allergic reaction including severe skin rashes, swelling, or trouble breathing. These conditions may require lower doses or reduced application frequency to prevent further health complications from occurring.
Do not apply Clobetasol (Clobetasol Propionate) to skin that is broken or severely damaged. Do not begin using the medication if you have acne, widespread plaque psoriasis, irritation around the genitals or mouth, or skin infections caused by bacteria, fungus, or a virus. Also inform your physician if you have psoriasis as this infection may cause unexpected complications during treatment.
Strictly follow all instructions provided to you by your physician or pharmacist while using Clobetasol (Clobetasol Propionate). Optimum and safe dosage can differ based on the patient and the condition being treated.
As this medication may be unsafe for certain patients, it is essential you always inform your physician if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, as well as if you have any allergies, other illnesses, or ongoing health conditions, and if you are taking any other form of medication, supplements, or herbal products.
Immediately seek emergency medical care if you have an allergic or hypersensitive reaction. Common signs of a reaction include hives, swelling, skin rashes, chest pains, as well as trouble breathing or swallowing.