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What is Clobetasol?

Clobetasol, which contains the active compound clobetasol propionate, is a topical corticosteroid that acts as an anti-inflammatory. It comes in the form of sprays, gels, creams and foams and is sold most commonly under the brand name of Temovate, but also Clobex, Cormax, Tenovate, Dermovate, Dermatovate, Butavate and Movate.

Clobetasol is generally applied in a thin layer on the skin, as directed by a doctor. Over-application may result in increased risk of side effects or further aggravation of the condition being treated, so be sure to read application instructions carefully.

Uses for Clobetasol

Clobetasol is used to treat a number of skin disorders, including eczema and psoriasis, as well as scalp conditions. It is also used in the treatment of specific auto-immune diseases. It is only to be used externally, and is typically prescribed on a short-term basis only to limit risk of side effects.

Possible Side Effects of Clobetasol

Side effects are uncommon with clobetasol, but they do exist. Possible side effects include itching, skin discoloration, burning, dryness and peeling, stinging and numbness. Acne breakouts, glaucoma, hypopigmentation, atrophy of the skin, erythema and Cushing's syndrome are considered secondary infections.

Topical steroids like clobetasol are linked with allergy-induced skin inflammation and irritation, excessive hair growth, skin discoloration and infection. Be sure to inform your doctor if any side effects present while you are using clobetasol.

No studies have been conducted on the safety of clobetasol during pregnancy, so consult your doctor if you are pregnant or thinking of becoming pregnant. Using clobetasol while breastfeeding also presents risks, and should only be used as advised by a doctor.

Warnings About Clobetasol

The information listed here regarding clobetasol is for reference purposes only, and should not be used in place of medical advice. Always consult a doctor before introducing a new medication into your health regimen for correct dosage and treatment information, proper monitoring and further side effects or possible interactions with other medications.

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