Why is this medication prescribed?
The itching, redness, dryness, crusting, scaling, inflammation, and pain of a variety of scalp and skin problems, such as eczema and psoriasis (a skin condition in which red, scaly patches appear on some parts of the body), are treated with clobetasol topical (a skin disease that causes the skin to be dry and itchy and to sometimes develop red, scaly rashes). The drug clobetasol belongs to the corticosteroid drug class. It reduces swelling, redness, and itching by causing natural chemicals in the skin to become active.
How should this medicine be used?
For use on the skin, clobetasol topical is available as a cream, gel, ointment, lotion, foam, and spray. For use on the scalp, it is available as a foam, spray, solution (liquid), and shampoo. Typically, clobetasol is applied twice daily using cream, gel, ointment, lotion, foam, solution (liquid), and spray. One application of clobetasol shampoo per day is typical. Ask your doctor or pharmacist to explain any instructions on your prescription label that you are unsure about following. Follow the clobetasol topical instructions exactly. Do not use more, less, or more frequently than advised by your doctor. Unless your doctor instructs you to, avoid using it on other parts of your body or to treat other skin disorders.
The initial two weeks of your treatment should see an improvement in your skin’s state. If your symptoms do not get better during this period, call your doctor.
Apply a tiny amount of cream, ointment, gel, lotion, foam, or spray to the affected region of skin to cover it with a thin, even layer, and then gently rub it in.
Use a hair part to apply a tiny amount of the foam, spray, or solution (liquid) to the affected area of your scalp, then gently rub it in. Prior to the foam, spray, or solution (liquid) drying, keep the area free from washing and rubbing.
You should carefully read the included written instructions before using clobetasol foam for the first time. If there is anything you don’t understand, ask your doctor or pharmacist to explain.
Use a hair part to apply a tiny bit of the shampoo to the damaged area of your scalp, then gently massage it in. After 15 minutes, wet your hair, create a lather with your fingertips, and then thoroughly rinse the shampoo off your body and out of your hair. When the shampoo is still on your scalp, avoid covering it with a towel, swimming cap, or shower cap. After using and removing clobetasol shampoo, you can wash your hair as usual.
Foam made of clobetasol may ignite. When applying clobetasol foam and for a short while following, keep away from open flames, fire, and smoke.
Only the skin should be used to apply this medication. Avoid getting clobetasol topical in your mouth or eyes, and never ingest it. Unless specifically instructed by your doctor, avoid using in the vaginal and rectal areas, as well as in skin folds and armpits.
Without first consulting your doctor, avoid using any other skin creams or preparations on the treated region.
Only bandage or wrap the treated area if your doctor instructs you to. Such use could exacerbate negative effects.
After using clobetasol topical, wash your hands.
Other uses for this medicine
Ask your doctor or pharmacist for more details if you believe this drug should be used for something else.
What special precautions should I follow?
Before using clobetasol topical,
- If you have an allergy to clobetasol, any other drugs, or any of the ingredients in clobetasol topical solutions, inform your doctor and pharmacist very away. Get a list of the components from your pharmacist.
- Inform your doctor and pharmacist about any prescription and over-the-counter drugs, vitamins, and dietary supplements you are currently taking or intend to take. Include the following information: additional topical medicines as well as more corticosteroids.
- Inform your doctor if you have diabetes, Cushing’s syndrome (an abnormal condition brought on by an excess of the hormone corticosteroids), any other skin issues, infections, or liver illness.
- Inform your physician if you are nursing a baby, intend to get pregnant, or are already pregnant. Call your doctor if you become pregnant while using clobetasol topical.
- Inform your surgeon or dentist that you are using clobetasol topical if you are undergoing surgery, including dental surgery.
What should I do if I forget a dose?
Apply the missed dose as soon as you remember it. However, if it is almost time for the next dose, skip the missed dose and continue your regular dosing schedule. Do not apply a double dose to make up for a missed one.
What side effects can this medication cause?
Side effects from clobetasol are possible. If any of these symptoms are severe or do not go away, let your doctor know right once:
- Skin that is burning, itchy, irritated, red, or dry
- Rash or little red pimples around the mouth
- Tiny skin lumps that are either white or red
- Skin blemishes or shine
- Under-the-skin blotches or streaks that are red or purple
- Dry, brittle, or thin skin
- Alterations to skin tone
Call your doctor right away if you have any of the following symptoms:
- Redness, swelling, pustules, or other indications of a skin infection where you applied the clobetasol
- Extreme rash
- Skin ulcers
- Alterations in the distribution of fat throughout the body
- Unexpected weight gain
- Unusual fatigue
- Muscle tremor
- Moodiness and depression
Children who use topical clobetasol may be more likely to experience negative side effects, such as reduced growth and delayed weight gain. The dangers of applying this medication to your child’s skin should be discussed with your child’s doctor.
Further negative effects could be brought on by clobetasol topical. If you experience any strange issues while taking this drug, call your doctor right away.
You or your doctor can submit a report to the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) MedWatch Adverse Event Reporting programme online or by phone if you have a serious side event (1-800-332-1088).
What should I know about storage and disposal of this medication?
Keep this medication tightly closed in the original container and out of the reach of children. Keep it away from excessive heat and moisture at room temperature (not in the bathroom). Avoid freezing it.
Although many containers (such as weekly pill minders and those for eye drops, creams, patches, and inhalers) are not child-resistant and are simple for young children to open, it is crucial to keep all medications out of sight and out of reach of children. Always lock safety caps and promptly stash medication up and away from young children where it is out of their sight and reach to prevent poisoning. http://www.upandaway.org
Unused prescriptions must be disposed of carefully to prevent pets, kids, and other people from ingesting them. You should not, however, dispose of this medication in the toilet. Instead, utilising a medicine take-back programme is the easiest approach to get rid of your medication. To find out about take-back programmes in your area, speak with your pharmacist or the garbage/recycling department in your city. If you do not have access to a take-back programme, see the FDA’s Safe Disposal of Medications website at http://goo.gl/c4Rm4p for additional information.
In case of emergency/overdose
Call 1-800-222-1222 to reach your local poison control centre if someone ingests clobetasol topical. Dial 911 to reach the nearest emergency services if the sufferer has collapsed or has stopped breathing.
What other information should I know?
Keep all of your appointments with your physician and the lab. To determine how your body is responding to clobetasol, your doctor may request specific lab tests.
Do not share your medication with anybody else. Any queries you may have regarding medication refills should be directed to your pharmacist.
You should keep a written record of every medication you take, including any over-the-counter (OTC) items, prescription drugs, and dietary supplements like vitamins and minerals. This list should be brought with you whenever you see a doctor or are admitted to the hospital. You should always have this information with you in case of emergencies.