Clobetasone is the active ingredient of Eumovate cream (Nappi code:
724936-006) and Eumovate ointment (Nappi code: 724971-009).
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
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.
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
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.
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
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
The elderly: no special precautions need to be taken.
Driving and hazardous work: no special precautions need to be
Alcohol: no special precautions need to be taken.
Possible side effects
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Interactions are uncommon when this medication is used as directed.
A small overdose is no cause for concern. In case of intentional large
overdose, seek emergency medical attention.
Apply sparingly to the affected area up to four times daily. Reduce number of
applications on improvement of symptoms.
This material is not intended to substitute medical advice, but is for
informational purposes only.
Please consult a physician for specific treatment and