ATC subcategoryGlucocorticoids for external use
Clobetasol contains a medicine called clobetasol propionate.
It belongs to a group of medicines called steroids. It helps to reduce swelling and irritation.
Clobetasole is used to help reduce the redness and itchiness of certain skin
problems. These skin problems include:
Do not use Clobetasol:
– severe flushing of skin on and around your nose (rosacea)
– spotty red rash around your mouth (perioral dermatitis)
– itching around your anus or genitals (penis or vagina)
– infected skin (unless the infection is being treated with an anti-infective
medicine at the same time)
– itchy skin which is not inflamed
– widespread plaque psoriasis, except single lesions.
Do not use if any of the above apply to you. If you are not sure, talk to your doctor or pharmacist before using Clobetasol.
Talk to your doctor or pharmacist before using Clobetasol if:
If an infection develops during the use of this medicine, talk to your doctor or pharmacist.
If you are not sure if any of the above apply to you, talk to your doctor or pharmacist before using this medicine.
Other medicines and Clobetasol
Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking, have recently taken or might take any other medicine, especially if you are taking ritonavir and itraconazole medications.
If you are pregnant or breast-feeding, think you may be pregnant or are planning to have a baby, ask your doctor or pharmacist for advice before taking this medicine.
If you do use Clobetasol when breast-feeding, do not use it on your breast area to ensure that the baby does not accidentally get Clobetasol in their mouth.
Important information about ingredients
The drug contains:
Always use this medicine exactly as your doctor has told you. Check with your doctor or pharmacist if you are not sure.
Using this medicine
Use in children
If you have psoriasis
If you have thick patches of psoriasis on your elbows or knees, your doctor may suggest applying the ointment under an airtight dressing. It will only be at night to help the ointment to start working. After a short period of time you will then apply the ointment as normal.
If you apply Clobetasol to your face
You should only apply the ointment to your face if your doctor tells you to. It should be limited to only 5 days as the skin on your face thins easily. Dressings or bandages should not be used on the face where the ointment is applied.
Do not let the ointment get into your eyes
If it does, wash it out with plenty of water.
If you use more Clobetasol than you should
If you apply too much or if accidentally swallowed, it could make you ill. Talk to your doctor or go to hospital as soon as possible.
If you forget to use Clobetasol
If you forget to apply your ointment, apply it as soon as you remember. If it is close to the time you are next meant to apply it, wait until this time. Do not apply extra Clobetasol to make up for a missed dose.
If you stop using Clobetasol
If you use Clobetasol regularly make sure you talk to your doctor before you stop using it as your condition may get worse if stopped suddenly.
If you have any further questions on the use of this medicine, ask your doctor or pharmacist.
Like all medicines, this medicine can cause side effects, although not everybody gets them.
Stop using Clobetasol and tell your doctor immediately if:
Other side effects you may notice when using Clobetasol include:
Common (may affect up to 1 in 10 people)
Uncommon (may affect up to 1 in 100 people)
Very Rare (may affect up to 1 in 10,000 people)
Use of Clobetasol for a long period of time, or use under an airtight dressing, may cause the following symptoms:
Other very rare skin reactions that may occur are:
In children, also look out for the following symptoms:
Very rare side effects that may show up in blood tests or when your doctor gives you a medical examination:
What Clobetasol contains
Each gram of Clobetasol 0.05% ointment contains:
active ingredient: clobetasol propionate – 0.5 mg;
other ingredients: liquid paraffin, propylparaben, white vaseline, ethanol.
White odorless ointment.
15 g 0.05% of ointment is filled into aluminum tube (inside package).
The tube is packed and inserted with the leaflet into cardboard box (outer package).