Clobex

Generic Name: Clobetasol propionate

  • What is Clobex?

    Clobex lotion is used for a short time to reduce the inflammation and itching of skin conditions and plaque psoriasis. Clobex shampoo is used for a short time to treat scalp psoriasis. Clobex spray is used to treat moderate to severe plaque psoriasis when symptoms affect more than 20 percent of the body.
  • What is the most important information I should know about Clobex?

    Clobex is a highly potent topical corticosteroid that has been shown to suppress the HPA (hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal) axis.

    This medication is to be used as directed by the physician and should not be used longer than the prescribed time period. Therapy should be discontinued when control is achieved. It is for external use only.

    Wash your hands before and after applying the medication, unless they are part of the treated area.

    Avoid using clobetasol topical to treat skin on your face, underarms, or groin area without your doctor's advice.

    Avoid getting this medication in your eyes. If contact does occur, rinse with water.

    Do not use clobetasol topical on broken or infected skin. Also avoid using this medication in open wounds.

    If your symptoms do not get better within 2 weeks or if they get worse, check with your doctor.

    Tell your doctor or dentist that you take Clobex Spray before you receive any medical or dental care, emergency care, or surgery.

    Check with your doctor before having vaccinations while using Clobex Spray.

    Check with your doctor if you experience nausea, vomiting, fever, dizziness, or chest pain after you have stopped using Clobex Spray.

    Contact your doctor if your condition does not improve within 2 weeks of using this medicine, or if you develop signs of a bacterial, fungal, or viral skin infection.

  • Who should not take Clobex?

    Do not use Clobex if you are allergic to any of its ingredients or to any other corticosteroid.

    Clobex is not recommended for use on anyone less than 18 years old.

  • What should I tell my doctor before I take the first dose of Clobex?

    Tell your doctor about all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medications you are taking before beginning treatment with Clobex. Also, talk to your doctor about your complete medical history, especially if you have diabetes; any kind of skin infection (especially skin or scalp infection), cuts, scrapes, or reduced blood flow to your skin; if are pregnant or plan to be pregnant or are breastfeeding,.
  • What is the usual dosage?

    The information below is based on the dosage guidelines your doctor uses. Depending on your condition and medical history, your doctor may prescribe a different regimen. Do not change the dosage or stop taking your medication without your doctor's approval.

    Clobex Lotion

    Adults: Apply to the affected skin area twice daily and rub in gently and completely.

    Clobex Shampoo

    Adults: Apply onto dry scalp once a day in a thin film to the affected areas only and leave in place for 15 minutes before lathering and rinsing.

    Clobex Spray

    Adults: Spray directly onto affected area twice daily and gently rub into skin. Treatment beyond 2 weeks should be limited to localized lesions that have not improved sufficiently.

  • How should I take Clobex?

    Lotion: Apply Clobex Lotion twice a day, once in the morning and once at night or as directed by your doctor. Use only enough to cover the affected areas. Make sure your skin is clean and dry before applying Clobex Lotion.

    Do not cover treated skin areas with a bandage or other covering unless your doctor has told you to. If you are treating the diaper area of a baby, do not use plastic pants or tight-fitting diapers. Covering the skin that is treated with Clobex lotion can increase the amount of medicine your skin absorbs, which may lead to unwanted side effects.

    It is important to use Clobex regularly to get the most benefit.

    Shampoo: Apply Clobex Shampoo on affected areas of the scalp once a day. Do not wet your hair before using Clobex Shampoo. Use only enough to cover the affected areas of your scalp. Move the hair away from the scalp so that only the affected areas are exposed. Apply a small amount of the shampoo directly onto the affected area by gently squeezing the bottle. Gently, rub Clobex Shampoo into the affected area. Leave Clobex Shampoo in place for 15 minutes before adding water, lathering and rinsing hair and scalp completely. No other shampoos are necessary. However, you can use a non-medicated shampoo on your hair after using Clobex Shampoo.

    Spray: Spray Clobex directly onto affected area of skin. Gently and completely rub into skin after spraying until it is evenly distributed. Wash your hands after applying Clobex Spray, 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.

  • What should I avoid while taking Clobex?

    Do not bandage or cover your treated areas while using the lotion or spray unless your doctor tells you to do so. Do not wear tight fitting clothes over your treated skin areas. Do not use Clobex Lotion any longer than 2 weeks (14 days). Do not use Clobex Spray any longer than 4 weeks (28 days).Do not use on broken or infected skin. Also avoid using this medication in open wounds.

    Do not cover your head with a shower cap or bathing cap while Clobex Shampoo is on your scalp. Do not use Clobex shampoo any longer than 4 weeks (28 days).

    Do not apply any form of Clobex to your face, neck, or groin. Do not get Clobex on your lips or near your eyes. Do not use more than 50 g (50 mL or1.75 fluid ounces) of Clobex per week. Avoid getting this medication in your eyes. If contact does occur, rinse with water.

  • What are possible food and drug interactions associated with Clobex?

    If Clobex is taken with certain other drugs, the effects of either could be increased, decreased, or altered. It is especially important to check with your doctor before combining Clobex other medicines.
  • What are the possible side effects of Clobex?

    Side effects cannot be anticipated. If any develop or change in intensity, tell your doctor as soon as possible. Only your doctor can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking this drug.

    Side effects may include: nausea, vomiting, fever, low blood pressure, heart attack, mild burning, stinging, itching, redness, irritation, and dry skin, thinning or softening of skin, changes in color of treated skin, muscle weakness, feeling tired, weight gain, puffiness in your face, mood changes, blurred vision, or seeing halos around lights.

  • Can I receive Clobex if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?

    The effects of Clobex during pregnancy and breastfeeding are unknown. Tell your doctor immediately if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.
  • What should I do if I miss a dose of Clobex?

    If you forget to apply Clobex at the scheduled time, use it as soon as you remember then go back to your regular schedule. If it is about time for your next dose, apply just that dose, and continue with your normal application schedule. Do not try to make up for the missed dose. If you miss several doses, tell your doctor.
  • How should I store Clobex?

    Store Clobex Spray at room temperature. Store away from heat, moisture, and light. Do not refrigerate or freeze. Do not store in the bathroom. Store Clobex Shampoo at room temperature. Keep it tightly closed.