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All about: Clobetasol Lotion

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Generic Name: Clobetasol Lotion (kloe-BAY-ta-sol)
Brand Name: Clobex

Clobetasol Lotion is used for:

Treating inflammation and itching due to certain skin conditions. It is also used to treat moderate to severe psoriasis. It may also be used for other conditions as determined by your doctor.

Clobetasol Lotion is a topical adrenocortical steroid. It works by reducing skin inflammation (eg, redness, swelling, itching, irritation) in a way that is not clearly understood.

Do NOT use Clobetasol Lotion if:

  • you are allergic to any ingredient in Clobetasol Lotion or to other corticosteroids (eg, prednisone)

Contact your doctor or health care provider right away if any of these apply to you.

Before using Clobetasol Lotion:

Some medical conditions may interact with Clobetasol Lotion. Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have any medical conditions, especially if any of the following apply to you:

  • if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding
  • if you are taking any prescription or nonprescription medicine, herbal preparation, or dietary supplement
  • if you have allergies to medicines, foods, or other substances
  • if you have any kind of skin infection, cuts, scrapes, or lessened blood flow to your skin
  • if you have had a recent vaccination; have measles, tuberculosis, chickenpox, or shingles; or have had a positive tuberculosis test
  • if you are taking prednisone or similar medicines

Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with Clobetasol Lotion. Because little, if any, of Clobetasol Lotion is absorbed into the blood, the risk of it interacting with another medicine is low.

Ask your health care provider if Clobetasol Lotion may interact with other medicines that you take. Check with your health care provider before you start, stop, or change the dose of any medicine.

How to use Clobetasol Lotion:

Use Clobetasol Lotion as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.

  • An extra patient leaflet is available with Clobetasol Lotion. Talk to your pharmacist if you have questions about this information.
  • Wash and completely dry the affected area before applying Clobetasol Lotion.
  • Turn the bottle upside down and pour a small amount (less than 1 teaspoonful) onto your fingertips or onto the affected area. Gently rub the medicine in until it is evenly distributed. Wash your hands after applying Clobetasol Lotion, unless your hands are part of the treated area.
  • Do not bandage or cover the treated skin area unless directed by your doctor. Do not wear tight-fitting clothes over the treated area.
  • If you miss a dose of Clobetasol Lotion, apply it as soon as possible. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not apply 2 doses at once.

Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use Clobetasol Lotion.

Important safety information:

  • Clobetasol Lotion is for external use only. Do not get Clobetasol Lotion in your eyes, nose, mouth, or on your lips. If contact is made with the eyes, flush them immediately with tap water.
  • Do not use Clobetasol Lotion on the face, groin, diaper area, or underarms.
  • Do not use Clobetasol Lotion to treat rosacea or conditions around the mouth.
  • Do NOT take more than the recommended dose or use for longer than 2 weeks without checking with your doctor.
  • If your symptoms do not get better within 2 weeks or if they get worse, check with your doctor.
  • Do not use Clobetasol Lotion to treat large areas of your body without first checking with your doctor.
  • Tell your doctor or dentist that you take Clobetasol Lotion before you receive any medical or dental care, emergency care, or surgery.
  • Check with your doctor before having vaccinations while using Clobetasol Lotion.
  • Do not use Clobetasol Lotion for other skin conditions at a later time.
  • Check with your doctor if you experience nausea, vomiting, fever, dizziness, or chest pain after you have stopped using Clobetasol Lotion.
  • Clobetasol Lotion has a corticosteroid in it. Before you start any new medicine, check the label to see if it has a corticosteroid (eg, hydrocortisone) in it too. If it does or if you are not sure, check with your doctor or pharmacist.
  • Lab tests, including blood and urine tests, may be performed while you use Clobetasol Lotion. These tests may be used to monitor your condition or check for side effects. Be sure to keep all doctor and lab appointments.
  • Clobetasol Lotion should not be used in CHILDREN younger than 18 years old; safety and effectiveness in these children have not been confirmed.
  • PREGNANCY and BREAST-FEEDING: If you become pregnant, contact your doctor. You will need to discuss the benefits and risks of using Clobetasol Lotion while you are pregnant. It is not known if Clobetasol Lotion is found in breast milk after topical use. If you are or will be breast-feeding while you use Clobetasol Lotion, check with your doctor. Discuss any possible risks to your baby.

Possible side effects of Clobetasol Lotion:

All medicines may cause side effects, but many people have no, or minor, side effects. Check with your doctor if any of these most COMMON side effects persist or become bothersome:

Dryness; itching; mild burning or stinging.

Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur:

Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue); acne-like rash; burning, cracking, irritation, or peeling not present before you began using Clobetasol Lotion; dark red blotches on the skin; excessive hair growth; general feeling of being unwell; inflamed hair follicles; inflammation around the mouth; muscle weakness; numbness of fingers; thinning, softening, or discoloration of the skin; unusual weight gain, especially in the face.

This is not a complete list of all side effects that may occur. If you have questions or need medical advice about side effects, contact your doctor or health care provider. You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 (1-800-332-1088) or at http://www.fda.gov/medwatch.

If OVERDOSE is suspected:

Contact 1-800-222-1222 (the American Association of Poison Control Centers), your local poison control center (http://www.aapcc.org/findyour.htm), or emergency room immediately. Symptoms may include increased thirst or urination; muscle weakness; unusual weight gain, especially in the face.

Proper storage of Clobetasol Lotion:

Store Clobetasol Lotion at room temperature, between 59 and 86 degrees F (15 and 30 degrees C). Store away from heat, moisture, and light. Do not refrigerate or freeze. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep Clobetasol Lotion out of the reach of children and away from pets.

General information:

  • If you have any questions about Clobetasol Lotion, please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
  • Clobetasol Lotion is to be used only by the patient for whom it is prescribed. Do not share it with other people.
  • If your symptoms do not improve or if they become worse, check with your doctor.

This information is a summary only. It does not contain all information about Clobetasol Lotion. If you have questions about the medicine you are taking or would like more information, check with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.

Issue Date: September 5, 2007
Database Edition 07.3.1.003
Copyright © 2007 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc.

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