Information about Clobetasol

Clobetasol Uses

Clobetasol is used in the treatment of eczema, dermatitis, psoriasis and allergic skin conditions.

How Clobetasol works

Clobetasol is a steroid. It works by blocking the production of certain chemical messengers that make the skin red, swollen and itchy.

Common side effects of Clobetasol

Application site reactions (burning, irritation, itching and redness), Thinning of skin
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Available Medicine for Clobetasol

TenovateGlaxo SmithKline Pharmaceuticals Ltd
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ClonateHegde and Hegde Pharmaceutical LLP
140 to ₹2094 variant(s)
TopinateSystopic Laboratories Pvt Ltd
59 to ₹874 variant(s)
CosvateOaknet Healthcare Pvt Ltd
84 to ₹1123 variant(s)
ExelSun Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd
1261 variant(s)
ZincodermApex Laboratories Pvt Ltd
841 variant(s)
ClosoneHegde and Hegde Pharmaceutical LLP
1451 variant(s)
NiosolKLM Laboratories Pvt Ltd
1451 variant(s)
Clop-EZydus Cadila
1041 variant(s)
TezcortGlowderma Labs Pvt Ltd
901 variant(s)

Expert advice for Clobetasol

  • Clobetasol is used to treat redness, swelling, itching, and discomfort of various skin conditions.
  • It should be applied to the affected areas as a thin film, two times daily, or as advised by your doctor.
  • Do not use it more often or for longer than advised by your doctor.
  • Do not cover the area being treated with airtight dressings such as bandages unless directed by a doctor, as this may increase the risk of side effects.
  • If you think the area of skin you are treating has become infected you should stop using Clobetasol and consult your doctor.
  • Consult your doctor if your skin condition has not improved after four weeks of treatment. Do not use it for more than 4 consecutive weeks at a time.

Frequently asked questions for Clobetasol


Q. Can Clobetasol be used for a long time?

No, Clobetasol should not be used for a long time. It is generally prescribed for 2 consecutive weeks only. However, the treatment can be longer for chronic (long-term) inflammatory conditions. Consult your physician before using this medication.

Q. Does Clobetasol cause severe skin reactions?

Severe skin reactions are quite rare with Clobetasol. Clobetasol is an anti-inflammatory drug which is used to treat skin diseases, skin reactions and eczemas. However, skin reactions can occur in a person who is hypersensitive to Clobetasol. It is important to leave the affected area open after applying Clobetasol as using occlusive dressings (air- and water-tight dressing) can lead to skin reactions. The medicine may not itself cause a reaction but the added excipients with the medications can lead to a reaction in some cases. Inform your doctor immediately in case you encounter any skin reactions.

Q. Can Clobetasol be used on the face?

No, Clobetasol should not be used on face. Along with that, its use should be avoided in other areas like the axillae (armpits), groin and if there is atrophy (wasting away of tissues) at the treatment site. However, in certain circumstances, the doctor may prescribe Clobetasol only when considered necessary. It should be used only after consultation with your physician. and if possible, the application on face should be limited to a maximum of 5 days.

Q. Can Clobetasol be applied in children?

Clobetasol is not recommended to be used in children less than 1 year of age. Other than that, its use should be avoided in older children and adolescents as the side effects are more common in them. This is because there is an increased risk of suppression of the immune system in young children which may make them prone to other diseases and atrophic changes. However, in some rare cases, the doctor may recommend this medicine, but the treatment is usually limited to 5 days and the therapy is reviewed weekly.

Q. Can we use Clobetasol in infections?

Clobetasol is not an antimicrobial or antifungal agent. It is a steroid medication which can suppress the immune system and increase the risk of infections. Hence, it should not be used for treating infections. In case the inflammatory lesions get infected or there is any spread of infection, consult your doctor immediately. The doctor will withdraw the use of Clobetasol and provide appropriate antimicrobial therapy.

Q. Can I stop taking Clobetasol when my symptoms are relieved?

No, do not stop taking Clobetasol and finish the full course of treatment even if you feel better. Your symptoms may improve before your treatment is complete. Stopping Clobetasol before your treatment is completed can bring back your symptoms.


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