Generic Name: Clobetasol

  • What is Temovate?

    Temovate is a topical steroid that is used to treat the itching and inflammation of certain skin conditions. The scalp application is used for short-term treatment of moderate to severe scalp conditions. The cream, ointment, emollient cream (known as Temovate E), and gel are used for short-term treatment of skin conditions.

  • What is the most important information I should know about Temovate?

    Even though Temovate is used on the skin, some of the drug can be absorbed through your skin and into the bloodstream. Increased absorption can lead to unwanted side effects elsewhere in the body. Temovate can cause a serious side effect involving certain glands and hormones. Your doctor may perform tests to monitor for this side effect while you are on Temovate. To minimize this problem, avoid using Temovate over large areas and do not cover treated areas with airtight dressings such as plastic wrap or adhesive bandages unless specifically directed by your doctor.

    If you are undergoing surgery, let your doctor know that you are using Temovate beforehand.

    Do not use Temovate for any disorder other than that for which it was prescribed.

    Report any signs of an adverse reaction to your doctor.

  • Who should not take Temovate?

    Do not use Temovate if you are allergic to any ingredients of the preparation. Also, the scalp application should not be used if you have infections of the scalp. Do not use Temovate to treat rosacea (a skin condition characterized by redness, pimples, and broken blood vessels) or a skin condition that involves a rash around the mouth.

    Temovate is not recommended for use in patients <12 years of age. The emollient cream is not recommended for use in patients <16 years of age when used for a particular type of psoriasis.

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

    Tell your doctor about all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medications you are taking before beginning treatment with Temovate. Also, talk to your doctor about your complete medical history, especially if you have adrenal gland problems, Cushing's disease (a hormone disorder), diabetes, skin infection, rosacea, or inflammation, redness, or pimples around the mouth.

  • 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.

    Adults and children ≥12 years: Apply to the affected area 2 times a day, once in the morning and once at night. Stop use when the condition has been controlled. Treatment should not last for more than 2 weeks in a row. If no improvement is seen within 2 weeks, consult your doctor. No more than 50 grams or 50 milliliters per week should be used.

  • How should I take Temovate?

    Use Temovate exactly as directed. Do not use it more often or for a longer time than ordered. Gently rub a thin layer of cream, ointment, emollient cream, or gel into the affected area.

  • What should I avoid while taking Temovate?

    Do not bandage, wrap, or otherwise cover the affected area after applying Temovate.

    Temovate is for use only on the skin. Keep it out of your eyes. Do not use Temovate on the face, groin, or armpits. If the scalp application gets into your eyes, flush your eyes with a lot of water.

    Do not use the scalp application near an open flame.

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

    No significant interactions have been reported with Temovate. However, always tell your doctor about any medicines you take, including over-the-counter drugs, vitamins, and herbal supplements.

  • What are the possible side effects of Temovate?

    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: burning, cracking, infection of hair follicles, irritation, itching, numbness of fingers, reddened skin, thinning of the skin, stinging

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

    The effects of Temovate 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 Temovate?

    If you miss a dose of Temovate, apply the missed dose as soon as you remember it. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the one you missed and return to your regular dosing schedule. Do not apply two doses at once.

  • How should I store Temovate?

    Store at room temperature. Do not refrigerate the cream or emollient cream.

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