USP Monographs: Clobetasol Propionate
This medication is used to treat a variety of skin conditions e. Halobetasol reduces the swelling, itching , and redness that can occur in these types of conditions. This medication is a very strong super-high potency corticosteroid. Use this medication on the skin only. Do not use it on the face, groin or underarms unless directed to do so by your doctor. Before applying the medication, clean and dry the affected area. Apply a thin film of the medication to the affected area and gently rub in, one to two times daily or as directed by your doctor.
Do not wrap, cover or bandage the area unless directed to do so by your doctor. If used in the diaper area on an infant, do not use tight-fitting diapers or plastic pants. After applying the medication, wash your hands unless you are using this medication to treat the hands. If applying this medication near the eyes, avoid getting it in the eyes as this may worsen or cause glaucoma. Also avoid getting this medication in the nose or mouth. Use this medication only for the condition prescribed.
Do not use it for longer than two weeks in a row unless directed to do so by your doctor. If your condition worsens or does not improve in 2 weeks, contact your doctor.
Burning, stinging, itching , dryness or redness may occur when first applied to the skin. This should disappear in a few days as your body adjusts to the medication.
If any of these effects persist or worsen, notify your doctor or pharmacist promptly. Remember that your doctor has prescribed this medication because he or she has judged that the benefit to you is greater than the risk of side effects. Many people using this medication do not have serious side effects.
Tell your doctor if any of these unlikely but serious side effects occur: Skin infections can become worse when using this medication. Notify your doctor promptly if redness, swelling or irritation does not improve. Rarely, it is possible this medication will be absorbed from the skin into the bloodstream.
This can lead to side effects of too much corticosteroid. These side effects are more likely in children, and in people who use this medication for a long time or over large areas of the skin.
Tell your doctor right away if any of the following side effects occur: A very serious allergic reaction to this drug is unlikely, but seek immediate medical attention if it occurs. Symptoms of a serious allergic reaction may include: This is not a complete list of possible side effects.
If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist. In the US -Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. In Canada - Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to Health Canada at Before using halobetasol, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to it; or to other corticosteroids e. This product may contain inactive ingredients, which can cause allergic reactions or other problems. Talk to your pharmacist for more details.
Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist your medical history, especially of: Do not use if there is an infection or sore present in the area to be treated. Rarely, using corticosteroid medications for a long time or over large areas of skin can make it more difficult for your body to respond to physical stress. Though it is unlikely, this medication may slow down a child's growth if used for a long time. The effect on final adult height is unknown.
See the doctor regularly so your child's height can be checked. This medication should be used only when clearly needed during pregnancy. Discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor. It is not known whether this drug, when applied to the skin, passes into breast milk. Other medications in this class, when taken by mouth, pass into breast milk. Consult your doctor before breast-feeding. Your healthcare professionals e. Do not start, stop or change the dosage of any medicine before checking with them first.
This document does not contain all possible interactions. Therefore, before using this product, tell your doctor or pharmacist of all the products you use. Keep a list of all your medications with you, and share the list with your doctor and pharmacist. If overdose is suspected, contact a poison control center or emergency room immediately. US residents can call their local poison control center at Canada residents can call a provincial poison control center.
This medication may be harmful if swallowed. Do not share this medication with others. This medication has been prescribed for your current condition only. Do not use it later for other skin problems unless told to do so by your doctor.
A different medication may be necessary in those cases. Consult your doctor for more details. Inform all your doctors you use or have used this medication. If you miss a dose, use it as soon as you remember. If it is near the time of the next dose, skip the missed dose and resume your usual dosing schedule. Do not double the dose to catch up. Store at room temperature between degrees F degrees C away from light and moisture. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep all medicines away from children and pets.
Do not flush medications down the toilet or pour them into a drain unless instructed to do so. Properly discard this product when it is expired or no longer needed. Consult your pharmacist or local waste disposal company for more details about how to safely discard your product. The word "rash" means an outbreak of red bumps on the body. The way people use this term, "a rash" can refer to many different Eczema is a general term for many types dermatitis skin inflammation.
The information is not intended to cover all possible uses, directions, precautions, drug interactions or adverse effects, nor should it be construed to indicate that use of particular drug is safe, appropriate or effective for you or anyone else. A healthcare professional should be consulted before taking any drug, changing any diet or commencing or discontinuing any course of treatment.
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