Clobetasol - Uses - Dosages - Side Effects - Precautions

Clobetasol: Frequently Asked Questions Answered

What is Clobetasol?

Clobetasol is a prescription drug. It comes under the class of medications called corticosteroids. It is widely used to treat skin and scalp-related diseases and discomfort. Clobetasol comes in topical creams, sprays, foams, solutions, ointments, shampoos, and gels. Clobetasol is a stronger steroid than other medicine or medicinal creams available in pharmacies that treat similar skin conditions.

Clobetasol propionate is a more popular form of Clobetasol.

What are the uses of Clobetasol?

Clobetasol can treat various conditions causing discomfort to the scalp and skin, like:

  • Inflammation.
  • Crusting.
  • Itching.
  • Dryness.
  • Redness.
  • Scaly skin.

Clobetasol’s uses also extend to treating some skin diseases:

  • Psoriasis – characterized by red and scaly patches on the skin.
  • Eczema – characterized by dry and itchy skin, along with scaly and red rashes.
  • Lichen planus – a rash that affects different body parts, including the mouth.
  • Lupus – characterized by skin rashes, joint pain, and tiredness.
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What are the side effects of Clobetasol?

Clobetasol’s side effects are not rare. Common and noticeable ones are:

  • Acne.
  • Burning, irritation, dryness, or redness of the skin.
  • Small rashes or red bumps around the mouth.
  • Tiny red or white bumps on the skin.
  • Skin bruising.
  • Thin or fragile skin.
  • Changes in skin color.

There are several significant side effects of Clobetasol. Contact your doctor if you notice these signs:

  • Pus oozing from the applied area.
  • Skin sores.
  • Sudden weight gain.
  • Extreme and unusual tiredness.
  • Weakness (mainly in muscles).
  • Mood irritation or depression.

You must exercise extreme precautions while using this medicine. Therefore, we recommend that you consult our experts at Yashoda Hospitals to know about the appropriate dosages and precautions to take.

S.no Product Name Dosage Form
1. Tenovate Clobetasol (0.05% w/w) Cream
2. Lobate-GM Neo Clobetasol (0.05% w/w) + Miconazole (2% w/w) + Neomycin (0.5% w/w) Cream
3. Propysalic NF6 Clobetasol (0.05% w/w) + Salicylic Acid (6% w/w) Ointment
4. Topisal 3% Clobetasol (0.05% w/w) + Salicylic Acid (3% w/w) Lotion
5. Cosvate-Gm Clobetasol (0.05% w/w) + Gentamicin (0.1% w/w) + Miconazole (2% w/w) Cream


Frequently Asked Questions about Clobetasol

1. Is Clobetasol a steroid?

Yes, Clobetasol is an extremely potent steroid and stronger than most of its counterparts. More specifically, it is a corticosteroid or synthetic glucocorticoid that helps to reduce skin inflammation caused by an allergic reaction or irritation. It further helps to treat other various skin and scalp-related diseases and discomfort.

2. How to apply Clobetasol for lichen sclerosus?

For treating lichen sclerosus, take a small amount of Clobetasol propionate (covering one fingertip, or about 0.5g) and rub it on the affected skin. Follow this step once daily for 3-months, or the recommended duration prescribed by the doctor. Do not prolong the application without your doctor’s advice.

3. How to use Clobetasol propionate?

Take the recommended amount of Clobetasol propionate and spread a thin layer of cream/ointment over the affected area. Rub it carefully into your skin. Avoid applying on or around any cuts or broken skin. Wash your hands thoroughly after each use, unless you are treating your hands with Clobetasol propionate.

4. Does Clobetasol cause hair loss?

No, hair loss while using Clobetasol medication is not reported frequently. In some cases Clobetasol is effective for hair regrowth in prescribed dosage, specifically in foam, cream, and ointment dosage forms. However, Clobetasol propionate in certain shampoos (Clodan) may lead to hair loss among users.

5. Is Clobetasol an antibiotic?

No, Clobetasol is not an antibiotic in itself, but it is a combination medication with antibiotic properties. However, Clobetasol can also be combined with an antibiotic (like neomycin sulfate). It is used to treat bacterial and fungal infections. This medication is only available with a prescription.

6. Can you use Clobetasol on your face?

We would recommend you not use Clobetasol on your face unless prescribed by an expert or doctor. The usage must not exceed 5-days. As it tends to make the skin thinner, continuous application of Clobetasol can damage the delicate facial skin. If you have to use it on the face, don’t cover the area with bandages or dressing. Refrain from applying Clobetasol near your eyes.

7. Is Clobetasol good for eczema?

Clobetasol is quite effective for treating eczema as it quickly reduces redness, itching, and swelling. Corticosteroid creams, gels, foams, solutions, and ointments are made with hydrocortisone steroids. They have proven to provide quick relief from itching and reducing inflammation. Furthermore, these medications come in different strengths ranging from mild to intense.

8. What does Clobetasol do for psoriasis?

One of Clobetasol’s primary and common uses is the treatment of psoriasis. Following a regular or recommended dosage of Clobetasol propionate helps clear psoriasis patches within 2–4 weeks. Clobetasol can be prescribed in cream, ointment, gel, spray, foam, lotion, and shampoo forms. Both the frequency to apply Clobetasol and the form to use depends on the patient’s severity of psoriasis.

9. What happens if you use too much Clobetasol?

Using Clobetasol for more than the recommended duration or dosage could lead to various side effects like rashes, burning, skin thinning, changes in body fat, menstrual problems, and loss of interest in sex. The prolonged use of Clobetasol among children can cause growth issues, cataracts, and even glaucoma.

10. Is Clobetasol antifungal?

No, Clobetasol is a combined medicine of antibacterial and antifungal nature. The medicine can be consumed with other medicines like nystatin that have antifungal properties. However, this medication is available only with a prescription. Caution should be taken in consuming Clobetasol with other treatments for fungal infections, such as itraconazole. The combination medicines may increase the Clobetasol levels in the body and enhance the chances of side effects.



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