What is Clobetasol Propionate (Topical)?
Clobetasol Propionate topical (applied on skin) is a corticost***id ointment medication used to treat various skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis, dermatitis, and allergies. This medication reduces the swelling, itching, and redness associated with these types of conditions.
Clobetasol Propionate topical is sold under various trade names, a couple of which are Clobetasol and Clostaf (made by Systopic).
Important Information about Clobetasol Propionate (Topical)
Do not use Clobetasol Propionate ointment (Clobetasol, Clostaf) if you are allergic to it, or to other corticost***ids such as hydrocortisone, or prednisone; or if you have other allergies. Prior to using this medication, let your doctor know about your medical history, especially if you ever had poor blood circulation or immune system problems.
Do not apply Clobetasol Propionate (Topical) topical medication on areas of skin having infection or sores on them. In some cases (rare), using a corticost***id medication for a prolonged period or over large skin areas can make it harder for your body to withstand physical stress. This aspect is significant if you have a surgery or a medical emergency, or if you get a serious illness or injury. You must let your doctor or other healthcare personnel know that you are using this medicine or have used it within the past few months.
st***idal medications should not be used on children without doctor?s advice as st***ids can affect or hinder a child?s growth. However, topically applied st***idal medication like Clobetasol Propionate (Topical) is unlikely to slow down a child?s growth. If this medication is being used on a child, then he or she needs to be monitored closely for growth by a doctor on a regular basis.
Clobetasol Propionate (Topical) topical medication must be used only if clearly required during pregnancy. Consult your doctor about the risks and benefits of using this medicine during pregnancy. It is not known if this medication (applied topically) can pass into breast milk. Similar medications when taken orally pass into breast milk. Ask your doctor about this if you are a breast feeding woman.
Before using Clobetasol Propionate (Topical)
Before using Clobetasol Propionate (Topical), remember to adhere to the restrictions and precautions listed above. Discuss the risks and benefits of using this medication with your doctor.
How should I use Clobetasol Propionate (Topical)
Use Clobetasol Propionate ointment (Clobetasol, Clostaf) only on the skin. Avoid applying this medication on the face, groin, or underarms unless or otherwise advised by your doctor. If applying near the eyes, avoid getting it into eyes as this may worsen or cause glaucoma.
Before applying this medication, wash and dry the affected area. Then apply a thin film of the medicine and rub gently. Follow your doctor?s directions on the number of times this medicine needs to be applied daily. Do not cover the medicated area with a bandage or other materials. Store this medication in a cool and dry place
What if I miss a dose?
If you miss a dose of Clobetasol Propionate (Topical), then use it as soon as you remember but if the time to take the next dose is near, skip the missed dose. Never take extra doses at the same time or near to each other to compensate for the missed dose. Extra amount of drug in your body can be harmful
What if I overdose?
Clobetasol Propionate (Topical) can be harmful if swallowed. If swallowing or overdose is suspected, contact the Doctor immediately.
What should I avoid while using Clobetasol Propionate (Topical)?
Follow any restrictions advised by your doctor while using this medication.
Common side effects
Application site irritation, Burning sensation, Itching
Expert advice for Clostaf Cream
- Do not use in conditions such as acne, fungal skin infections, e.g. athlete?s foot, ringworm, candida skin infections, severe flushing of skin on and around your nose (rosacea), spotty red rash around your mouth (perioral dermatitis), infected skin (unless the infection is being treated with an anti-infective medicine at the same time),itchy skin around the genitals or back passage, itchy skin which is not inflamed, nappy rash, widespread plaque psoriasis (raised, red patches covered with a silvery white buildup of dead skin cells or scale).
- Caution is to be observed while applying the cream on large areas of the body for a long time like few weeks or months.
- If your skin problem does not improve in 2 to 4 weeks, talk to your doctor.
- It should not take if patient is allergic to clobetasol propionate or any of its ingredients.
- It sholud not given to children below 1 year of age.
Frequently asked questions for Clostaf Cream
Q: Is clobetasol propionate a st***id/ an antifungal/ OTC?
A: Clobetasol (also available as cosvate cream, cosvate G) is a potent topical corticost***id used for the treatment of itching, redness, dryness, inflammation, and discomfort of various scalp and skin conditions. It is not an antifungal. It is available only by prescription given by your doctor.
Q: Is clobetasol propionate topical used for hair loss/ does clobetasol help hair growth?
A: Clobetasol topical is used for discomfort in various scalp and skin conditions; however not used for treatment of hair loss or hair growth. Always consult your doctor regarding its use.
Q: Does clobetasol propionate topical cause hair loss / thinning of skin?
A: Long-term use of st***ids may damage your hair or skin. Always follow the advice of your doctor regarding its use.
Q: Is clobetasol propionate topical good for acne/ athlete?s foot/ ringworm?
A: Clobetasol topical should not be used for conditions like acne, athlete?s foot or ringworm. Always consult your doctor regarding its use.