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All about: Clobex Shampoo

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Generic Name: Clobetasol Shampoo (kloe-BAY-tah-sahl)
Brand Name: Clobex

Clobex Shampoo is used for:

The short-term treatment of swelling and itching due to skin diseases of the scalp.

Clobex Shampoo is a topical corticosteroid. It works by decreasing certain immune responses, which reduces redness and itching of skin.

Do NOT use Clobex Shampoo if:

  • you are allergic to any ingredient in Clobex Shampoo

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

Before using Clobex Shampoo:

Some medical conditions may interact with Clobex Shampoo. 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 measles, tuberculosis, chickenpox, shingles, or have had a recent vaccination
  • if you have a skin infection or thinning of the skin (atrophy)

Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with Clobex Shampoo. However, no specific interactions with Clobex Shampoo are known at this time.

Ask your health care provider if Clobex Shampoo 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 Clobex Shampoo:

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

  • Separate the hair to expose the area of the scalp where the medicine will be applied. Apply medicine only to a dry scalp. Apply a thin film of medicine to the affected area. Avoid getting the medicine onto unaffected areas of skin. Gently massage the medicine into the area. Repeat for all areas of the scalp that require treatment with the medicine.
  • Leave the medicine on the scalp for 15 minutes or as long as directed by your doctor. After leaving the medicine on the scalp for the prescribed length of time, add water to your hair and work into lather. Rinse the hair well. Rinse your hands and any area of skin, such as the neck, face, or shoulders, which may have come into contact with the medicine. Wash your hands after applying Clobex Shampoo.
  • No additional shampoo is needed to cleanse your hair after using Clobex Shampoo. However, you may wash your hair with additional, non-medicated shampoo if desired.
  • Do not place bandages or other coverings over the areas being treated.
  • If you miss a dose of Clobex Shampoo, use it as soon as possible. If several hours have passed or if it is nearing time for the next dose, do not double the dose to catch up, unless advised by your health care provider. If more than one dose is missed, contact your health care provider or pharmacist.

Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use Clobex Shampoo.

Important safety information:

  • Do NOT take more than the recommended dose or use for longer than 4 weeks without checking with your doctor.
  • Do not use Clobex Shampoo for other scalp conditions at a later time.
  • Do not get Clobex Shampoo in your eyes or on your lips. If the medicine gets into your eyes or on your lips, rinse immediately with plenty of water. If irritation or stinging develops after rinsing with water, contact your doctor as soon as possible for instructions.
  • Do not use more than 1.75 ounces (50 mL) of Clobex Shampoo per week. Contact your doctor or pharmacist for more information.
  • Clobex Shampoo is for use on the scalp only. Do not apply the medicine to the face, groin, or armpit areas.
  • Though very unlikely, it is possible Clobex Shampoo may be absorbed into your bloodstream. This may cause a problem known as hypothalamo-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) suppression that requires additional corticosteroid treatment. Certain people, including children, those who have used Clobex Shampoo for a long period of time, or those with serious illnesses may have an increased risk for developing these effects. Contact your doctor immediately if you develop vision problems, ongoing headache, increased thirst or urination, unusual weakness or weight loss, or dizziness.
  • Clobex Shampoo 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.
  • Tell your doctor or dentist that you take Clobex Shampoo before you receive any medical or dental care, emergency care, or surgery.
  • Lab tests may be performed while you use Clobex Shampoo. These tests may be used to monitor your condition or check for side effects. Be sure to keep all doctor and lab appointments.
  • Clobex Shampoo should not be used in CHILDREN; safety and effectiveness in 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 Clobex Shampoo while you are pregnant. It is not known if Clobex Shampoo is found in breast milk after topical use. If you are or will be breast-feeding while you use Clobex Shampoo, check with your doctor. Discuss any possible risks to your baby.

Possible side effects of Clobex Shampoo:

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:

Acne; blisters on the scalp; burning/stinging sensation; dry skin; itching; swelling of the follicles; tingling.

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); dizziness; increased thirst or urination; nausea; ongoing headache; unusual weakness or weight loss; vision problems; vomiting.

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. Clobex Shampoo may be harmful if swallowed.

Proper storage of Clobex Shampoo:

Store this medicine at room temperature, between 68 and 77 degrees F (20 and 25 degrees C), in a tightly closed container. Do not use near an open flame. Store away from heat, moisture, and light. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep Clobex Shampoo out of the reach of children and away from pets.

General information:

  • If you have any questions about Clobex Shampoo, please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
  • Clobex Shampoo 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 Clobex Shampoo. 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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