Clobetasol - topical/cutaneous

Patient Medicine Information
Why do I need this medicine?
Clobetasol helps relieve swelling, redness, itchiness and irritations of certain skin problems that have not responded to milder anti-inflammatory (steroid) medicines.

These skin problems include:
  • scalp or plaque psoriasis (a type of skin disease that causes itchy patches of thick, red skin and silvery scales)
  • lichen planus (a skin disease characterised by an itchy, reddish-purple, flat bumps on the surface of the skin)
  • discoid lupus erythematosus (a skin disease that causes scarring and increased sensitivity of the affected skin to sunlight)
  • other skin conditions such as eczema, dermatitis
How do I use this medicine?
Apply Clobetasol exactly as directed by your doctor or according to the instructions on the label. Do not use more often or over a larger area than instructed by your doctor.

This medicine is available as Clobetasol propionate cream, ointment, gel, lotion, solution, foam, spray, or shampoo.

If you are using the cream, ointment, gel, lotion, or solution, follow these steps:
  1. Wash your hands.
  2. Clean and dry affected area before application.
  3. Rub Clobetasol gently on the affected skin until it disappears. Do not cover, wrap or bandage the area unless instructed by the doctor.
  4. Wash your hands after using.
  5. Replace the cap of the tube.
If you are using the foam or spray, follow these steps:
  1. Wash your hands.
  2. For topical foam, turn the container upside-down. Put a small amount of the preparation onto a saucer or other cool surface, and then onto affected area. Do not place the foam directly onto your hands as it will melt immediately upon contact with warm skin. For topical spray, spray it directly onto the affected area.
  3. Rub Clobetasol gently on the skin or scalp until it disappears. Do not cover, wrap or bandage the area unless instructed by the doctor.
  4. Wash your hands after using.
If you are using the shampoo, follow these steps:
  1. Dry your hair and scalp before using the shampoo.
  2. Apply gently onto the scalp then leave it for 15 minutes. Do not cover, wrap or bandage the area unless instructed by the doctor.
  3. Rinse your hair and scalp. Wash it thoroughly and let your hair dry.
  4. Wash your hands after using.
Avoid any contact of this medicine with eyes or mouth. Rinse immediately with water if this medicine gets into your eyes or mouth. Alert your doctor if you start to have any problems with your eyes.

Do not use with occlusive dressing unless instructed by the doctor.

The dose of this medicine will be decided by your doctor. Your doctor will advise you on the dose and course of your treatment depending on the type of skin condition that you are being treated.

Clobetasol must be used regularly for it to be effective. Continue using this medicine even when you feel better. Do not stop using it unless instructed by the doctor.
What should I do if I have forgotten to use this medicine?
Apply the missed dose as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and return to your normal dosing schedule. Do not apply more than what is instructed by the doctor to make up for the missed dose.
When should I not use this medicine?
Alert your doctor if you have the following conditions:
  • bacterial, viral, or fungal skin infections
  • acne
  • rosacea (flushing of the skin)
  • perioral dermatitis (rash around the mouth)
  • burns
  • ulcerous wounds or lesions
  • pruritus (itching) of the anus or genitals
as Clobetasol may not be suitable for you.

Do not apply on skin that is broken, damaged, thinning or with discharging fluid or pus.

Do not give Clobetasol to children below 1 year old unless instructed to do so by the doctor.
What should I take note of while using this medicine?
Let your doctor know if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.

Be sure to check with your doctor or pharmacist before using this medicine to children or adolescents. Be careful in applying Clobestasol to children as their skin is thin and it may tend to absorb more of the medication.

Do not apply Clobetasol on your face, groin, or armpits unless instructed to do so by your doctor.

Do not apply this medicine to large areas of your skin.

Tell your doctor if your condition does not improve or if it worsens.
What side effects could I experience?
Clobetasol may cause any of the following side effects: burning sensation, pain, itching, or irritation of the skin.

Other side effects include any of the following: abnormal hair growth, changes in skin tone, and dryness or thinning of the skin.

If you develop rashes, breathlessness, swollen mouth or eyes, stop using the medicine and inform your doctor quickly. These could be signs of an allergic reaction.

Inform your doctor if any of these side effects do not go away or are severe, or if you experience other side effects.
Can I use this with other medicines?
Inform your doctor if you are using any other creams, ointments, shampoo or other medicines on the affected area.

Always notify your doctor and pharmacist if you are taking any other medicines, including herbal tonics such as traditional Chinese medicines, supplements and medicines that you buy without a prescription.
How should I store this medicine?
Store in a cool, dry place away from the reach of children.

Medicines must not be used past the expiry date.
This information is independently developed by MIMS based on clobetasol - topical/cutaneous and is provided for your reference only. It is not a replacement for and should only be used in conjunction with full consultation with a licensed healthcare professional, the information provided by your pharmacist and/or the manufacturer of the medication. It may not contain all the available information you require and cannot substitute professional medical care, nor does it take into account all individual circumstances. Although great effort has been made to ensure content accuracy, we shall not be held responsible or liable for any claims or damages arising from the use or misuse of the information contained herein, its contents or omissions, or otherwise. Copyright © 2021 MIMS. All rights reserved. Powered by
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