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27 September 2013

Clobetasone

Clobetasone is a topical corticosteroid.They reduce inflammation and are effective for treating inflammatory skin conditions.

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Clobetasone is the active ingredient of Eumovate cream (Nappi code: 724936-006) and Eumovate ointment (Nappi code: 724971-009).

General information

Clobetasone is a topical corticosteroid. Topical corticosteroids are drugs that that are formulated for use on the skin. They reduce inflammation and are effective for treating inflammatory skin conditions.

In South Africa clobetasone is registered for the treatment of seborrhoeic dermatitis, and eczema.

This medication should be applied sparingly and as a thin layer to the affected area of the skin. Do not apply to broken skin, or apply more than directed. Misuse of this medicine may lead to thinning of the skin, or when systemically absorbed, a decrease in the production of natural hormones by the adrenal glands.

Speak to your doctor before applying this medicine to infected skin.

How does clobetasone work?

When applied to the skin, clobetasone reduces the release of inflammatory chemicals. This reduces inflammation and its associated symptoms.

Fast facts

Drug schedule: schedule 4

Available as: clobetasone is available as cream and ointment.

What does it do? Clobetasone relieves inflammation of the skin.

Overdose risk: low

Dependence risk: low

Is clobetasone available as a generic? no

Is clobetasone available on prescription only? yes

User information

Stopping this medicine: do not stop using this medication abruptly as it may cause a recurrence of the original symptoms being treated. Consult with your doctor prior to discontinuing treatment.

Special precautions

Consult your doctor before using this drug if:

  • you have a bacterial, fungal or viral skin infection
  • you have porphyria
  • you have skin ulcers/broken skin
  • you have acne or rosacea

Pregnancy: avoid. It is unknown how this medication may affect your baby. Consult your doctor before using this drug, or if you are planning to fall pregnant.

Breastfeeding: avoid. It is unknown how this medication may affect your baby. Consult your doctor before use.

Porphyria: avoid. This medication may cause serious adverse effects. Consult your doctor before use.

Infants and children: this medication is not intended for use in young children.

The elderly: no special precautions need to be taken.

Driving and hazardous work: no special precautions need to be taken.

Alcohol: no special precautions need to be taken.

Possible side effects

Side effects Frequency
Consult your doctor

Common Rare Only if severe In all cases
skin irritation x
x
skin thinning
x
x
strech marks
x x
Weight gain
x
x

Interactions

Drug interactions

Interactions are uncommon when this medication is used as directed.

Overdose action

A small overdose is no cause for concern. In case of intentional large overdose, seek emergency medical attention.

Recommended dosage

Apply sparingly to the affected area up to four times daily. Reduce number of applications on improvement of symptoms.

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This material is not intended to substitute medical advice, but is for informational purposes only.

Please consult a physician for specific treatment and recommendations.

 
 

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