clobetasol (Cormax, Embeline, Temovate, Olux, Clobex)
Omudhome Ogbru, PharmD
Omudhome Ogbru, PharmD
Dr. Ogbru received his Doctorate in Pharmacy from the University of the Pacific School of Pharmacy in 1995. He completed a Pharmacy Practice Residency at the University of Arizona/University Medical Center in 1996. He was a Professor of Pharmacy Practice and a Regional Clerkship Coordinator for the University of the Pacific School of Pharmacy from 1996-99.
Medical and Pharmacy Editor:
GENERIC NAME: clobetasol propionate
BRAND NAME: Cormax, Embeline, Temovate, Olux, Clobex
DRUG CLASS AND MECHANISM: Clobetasol propionate is a man-made corticosteroid that is used on the skin (topically). It is available as foam, shampoo, cream, gel, lotion, ointment, solution, and spray. It is similar to alclometasone (Aclovate), hydrocortisone valerate (Westcort), halobetasol (Ultravate) and several others. Topical clobetasol is used to treat certain scalp and skin conditions such as psoriasis, rashes, and dermatitis. Corticosteroids have potent anti-inflammatory actions and also suppress the immune response. The FDA approved clobetasol on February 22, 1990.
Clobetasol is a very potent topical corticosteroid and should only be used for a short period of time. Long term use of topical clobetasol propionate can cause serious systemic side effects and should be avoided.
PRESCRIBED FOR: Clobetasol is used for the short-term treatment of moderate to severe corticosteroid-responsive dermatoses, dermatoses of the scalp, and psoriasis in scalp and non scalp areas.
SIDE EFFECTS: The most common side effects reported include irritation in the area(s) the medication is applied to.
Other side effects include
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 6/19/2015
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