What Clobetasol is used for:
It contains a medicine called clobetasol propionate. It belongs to a group of medicines called steroids. It helps to reduce swelling and irritation. It is used to help reduce the redness and itchiness of certain skin problems.
Do not use Clobetasol:
- If you are allergic (hypersensitive) to clobetasol propionate or any of the other ingredients of this medicine
- on a child under 1 year of age
- to treat any of the following skin problems, it could make them worse:
- severe flushing of skin on and around your nose (rosacea)
- spotty red rash around your mouth (perioral dermatitis)
- itching around your anus or genitals (penis or vagina)
- infected skin (unless the infection is being treated with an anti-infective medicine at the same time)
- itchy skin which is not inflamed
- widespread plaque psoriasis, except single lesions.
Warnings and precautions:
- Talk to your doctor or pharmacist before using Clobetasol if:
- you have previously had an allergic reaction with another steroid.
- you are applying the cream under an airtight dressing, including a child’s nappy. These dressings make it easier for the active ingredient to pass through the skin. It is possible to accidentally end up using too much cream.
- make sure that the skin is cleansed before a fresh dressing is applied to prevent infections.
- you are applying the cream on broken or damaged skin or within skin folds.
- you are applying to a large surface area.
- you have psoriasis, your doctor will want to see you more often.
- you are using for a chronic leg ulcer as you may be at increased risk of local allergic reaction or infection.
- you are applying near eyes or on eyelids, as cataracts or glaucoma may result if the cream repeatedly enters the eye.
- you are applying to thin skin such as the face, as Clobetasol may cause skin thinning. Use on the face should be limited to 5 days. Dressings or bandages should not be used on the face where the cream is applied.
Possible side effects:
Stop using the product and seek immediate medical attention if you develop throat tightness or swelling of the eyes, face, lips or tongue, feel faint, or have difficulty breathing. Stop using the product if you develop hives or itching of the face or body.
Other medicines and Clobetasol:
Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking, have recently taken or might take any other medicine, especially if you are taking ritonavir and itraconazole medications.