clobetasol (Cormax, Embeline, Temovate, Olux, Clobex)

  • Pharmacy Author:
    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: Jay W. Marks, MD
    Jay W. Marks, MD

    Jay W. Marks, MD

    Jay W. Marks, MD, is a board-certified internist and gastroenterologist. He graduated from Yale University School of Medicine and trained in internal medicine and gastroenterology at UCLA/Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.

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PRESCRIPTION: Yes

GENERIC AVAILABLE: Yes

PREPARATIONS: Topical solution, Gel, Ointment, Liquid, Lotion, Spray, or Foam: 0.05%

STORAGE: Clobetasol should be stored at controlled room temperature between 20 C and 25 C (68 F and 77 F).

DOSING: Clobetasol should be applied to the affected area(s) of the skin or scalp twice daily, once in the morning and once at night. As topical clobetasol is a very strong corticosteroid, treatment should be limited to two consecutive weeks and no more than 50 g or 50 ml per week.

DRUG INTERACTIONS: Information on drug-drug interactions with topical clobetasol solution is not found in the prescribing information and medical literature.

PREGNANCY: There are no adequate and well-controlled studies evaluating the use of topical corticosteroids during pregnancy. Therefore, clobetasol and other topical corticosteroids should only be used during pregnancy if the potential benefit to the mother justifies the potential risk to the unborn baby. If used during pregnancy large amounts or use for long periods of time should be avoided.

NURSING MOTHERS: It is not known whether clobetasol is secreted in breast milk. Therefore, topical corticosteroids should be used cautiously in nursing mothers.

REFERENCE: FDA Prescribing Information.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 9/22/2015
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