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Clobetasone is a topical medicine available under the form of cream, based on the main ingredient Clobetasone Butyrate - a corticosteroid type of medicine. Studies have revealed Clobetasone to be more effective and safer than regular topical steroids, and as such it is one of the most recommended topical medicines of this type.
Clobetasone is typically employed to control skin inflammations, as it decreases the skin's reaction to the factors that trigger flare-ups of the skin. Most commonly, Clobetasone is prescribed in the treatment of dermatitis or eczema, and due to its moisturizing properties it may also be employed in the treatment of other medical conditions that are not listed here. Your personal health care provider may offer further information regarding the reasons you have been prescribed a treatment course with this medicinal product.
Clobetasone should not be prescribed in the treatment of patients that are allergic to Clobetasone or any of its ingredients. Corticosteroids (including Clobetasone) should not be employed on an area of skin that presents lesions, ulcerations or infections, in cases of psoriasis, acne or seborrhoeic dermatitis. You should always avoid getting Clobetasone in your eyes. If you happen to get some Clobetasone cream in your eye, flush thoroughly with clean water.
Clobetasone should not be prescribed for prolonged periods of time. Typically, usage for more than 7 days should be avoided.
Clobetasone may not be suitable for use in the case of children (patients of less than 12 years of age) or in the case of pregnant or breast-feeding patients. In such situations it is advised to consult with your personal health care specialist in order to determine the best treatment options for your case.
You will receive your Clobetasone application guidelines from the prescribing health care professional once he or she has determined the appropriate dosage for your case. The dosage and application may vary from one case to another, depending on a number of factors such as the type and severity of the skin condition that is being treated, your medical history and general health condition, as well as other factors that are particular to your case.
Most commonly, the Clobetasone cream applications are performed twice daily, for at most 7 days. In order to apply the medication, use the recommended dose on the area of skin that is being treated and gently rub with your fingertips until the medication forms a thin layer covering the entire surface.
The exact Clobetasone dosage appropriate for your case will be determined by your examining health care specialist after the diagnosis has been confirmed. It is strongly suggested that you do not use the medication dosage or application schedule that has been prescribed to another patient, as this may cause the Clobetasone therapy to be ineffective in your case.
Using too much Clobetasone cream on the affected area of skin is not likely to cause any serious damage. However, prolonged usage of excessive quantities of this medication may result in thinning of the skin or permanent skin damage.
Clobetasone is only available for external use. Do not swallow any quantity of this medication. If by accident you happen to swallow some of this medication, you should immediately contact the local emergency room or poisons center for further information. Medical attention may be required.
It is strongly suggested that you set up a strict application schedule, with the assistance of your personal physician. This may help reduce the risk of accidentally missing any Clobetasone applications. However, in the event that you have missed a dose of Clobetasone, you are advised to take it as soon as you remember before returning to your normal application schedule. If it is almost time for another scheduled application, you should completely skip the dose that you have missed, and continue with the regular medication schedule.
Clobetasone is not likely to cause any severe adverse affects as long as you use it according to the directions provided by the prescribing health care professional. Some mild side effects are possible at the beginning of the therapy, and they will go away as your body becomes adjusted to the medication. If at any point during your Clobetasone therapy you begin to experience any unwanted symptoms or if the side effects become persistent and / or bothersome, you should consult with your personal health care specialist.
Hypersensitivity reactions (allergic reactions) to this medicinal product are possible. If you begin experiencing any of the signs and symptoms characteristic to an allergic reaction (hives, rashes, closed throat, swelling of the face, lips or throat) while following a therapy course with Clobetasone, you should immediately stop using Clobetasone and contact your personal health care provider.
While Clobetasone is not likely to interact with other drugs and medicines, in some cases such drug reactions do occur. As such, in order to prevent any accidental drug interaction it is best that you let your prescribing professional know of any other medication you are currently taking (both prescription and over the counter). Topical medication applied to the same area of skin in particular has a greater risk of interacting with Clobetasone, so you should consult your personal health care provider if you are using any such medicinal products on that particular area of skin. The medication dosages may require adjustment, or a different therapy course may be employed.