What is Clobetasol Cream?
Clobetasol Cream is a medication that is used for the treatment of itching, dryness, redness, crusting, inflammation, scaling, and discomfort of scalp and skin conditions, including psoriasis and eczema. Clobetasol Cream belongs to the class of medications called corticosteroids.
How does Clobetasol Cream work?
Clobetasol Cream contains the active ingredient Clobetasol propionate, a type of corticosteroid medicine. It works by activating natural substances in the skin that reduce swelling, itching, and redness.
This medication is very beneficial in the treatment of numerous skin and scalp conditions.
What are the benefits of using Clobetasol Cream?
The main benefit of Clobetasol Cream is its ability to provide fast relief of the swelling, itchiness, and redness of the skin caused by an irritation or an allergic reaction.
This product is effective in activating the substances in the skin that reduces swelling, redness, and itching.
How do I use Clobetasol Cream?
It is important to also read the patient information label provided by the pharmacist when you fill up your prescription and each time you get a refill of this medication.
Clobetasol Cream should be applied thinly to the affected areas of the skin once or twice daily as you start its use. When the condition begins to improve, you could use it less frequently, as directed by your doctor.
Do not apply this Cream to broken or infected areas of the skin, unless it is the infection that is being treated. Do not apply this Cream to the facial skin unless you are instructed to do so by your specialist. Take extra care of ensuring that this Cream will not go into your eyes, mouth, or nose. In case of an accidental application, rinse with cold water.
Wash your hand thoroughly after applying the Cream, unless you are treating your hands.
Do not cover the area of the skin being treated with this medication with airtight dressings such as bandages unless directed by a doctor because it will increase the absorption of the medicine into the body and increase the risk of side effects. If your doctor advised you to use dressing after application of the Cream, you should cleanse the skin thoroughly before applying the Cream under a fresh dressing.
Continue using this medication for as long as recommended by your doctor. If the skin condition has not improved after two weeks of treatment, consult your doctor.
If a specialist prescribed this medication to treat a child or the skin on the face, it should not be used for longer than five days at a time, unless directed otherwise by the specialist. Children’s diapers is an airtight dressing that can increase the absorption of the medicine. A specialist should review the treatment every week when this medication is prescribed to a child.
Do not use Clobetasol Cream more often or for longer than what is recommended by your doctor.
If the area of the skin being treated by this medication has become infected, stop using this medication and consult your doctor.
Wash your hands thoroughly before and after applying this Cream.
Clobetasol Cream dose
Clobetasol Cream is applied to the skin or scalp twice daily. Follow the instructions of your doctor on how to use this medication.
Side effects & precautions
Medicines and their side effects may affect individual users in different manner. Not everyone who uses this medication will experience the side effects.
The following are the side effects that are associated with your use of Clobetasol Cream:
- Tiny red bumps or rash around the mouth
- Itching, burning, redness, irritation, or dryness of the skin
- Small white or red bumps on the skin
- Shiny or bruising of the skin
- Red or purple botches or lines under the skin
- Changes in skin color
- Thin, fragile, or dry skin
Immediately call your doctor if you experience the following symptoms:
- Swelling, redness, oozing pus or other signs of skin infections in the areas of the skin where you applied Clobetasol Cream.
- Skin sores
- Severe rash
- Changes in the way fat is spread around the body
- Unusual tiredness
- Sudden weight gain
- Muscle weakness
- Depression and irritability
Children who use Clobetasol Cream may have an increased risk of slowed growth and delayed weight gain. Talk first with your child’s doctor about the risk of using this medication.
Clobetasol Cream may cause other side effects. Call your doctor when you experience other symptoms that are associated with your use of this medication.
Before you start the use of Clobetasol Cream, inform your doctor if you are allergic to Clobetasol or other medications. Clobetasol Cream has inactive ingredients that may cause an allergic reaction or other problems.
Inform your doctor if you have skin problems such as an infection or if you have diabetes.
If you are going to undergo a surgical procedure, inform your surgeon or dentist that you are using Clobetasol Cream.
If you missed a dose of this medication, apply it immediately when you remember. If it is almost close you’re your next regular dose, just skip the missed dose.
Before you start using this medication, share with your doctor your medical history, especially of the immune system, poor blood circulation, and certain skin conditions.
Do not use this medication if there is an infection or sore present in the area to be treated.
During pregnancy, this medication should be used only when it is clearly needed. Discuss the benefits and risks of this medication if you are pregnant.
It is not known if this medicine passes into breast milk when applied to the skin. Similar medications pass into breast milk when taken by mouth. Consult your doctor before you start breastfeeding.
Drug interactions may change how your medications work or increase the risk of side effects. Share with your doctor a list of all medications you are currently taking, including prescription, nonprescription, and herbal products to allow the doctor to check for possible interaction when you use Clobetasol Cream.