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Clobetasol

Clobetasol is a topical corticosteroid, a customized pharmacy drug that is prescribed by physicians for treatment of the irritating and sometimes painful symptoms associated with many skin conditions. Clobetasol may be effective in some patients in reducing the itching, redness, and swelling that presents with their skin conditions.

How to Use Clobetasol

Clobetasol may be delivered in many and various forms such as gels, solutions, sprays, ointments, shampoos, foams, emollient creams, and lotions. Your compounding pharmacist and physician will work to devise the best delivery option of the drug for you and your specific condition. Follow your physician’s directions for usage and delivery.

Possible Side Effects

Side effects differ from patient to patient. Some patients may have no problems with side effects at all while others may experience one or several side effects. Some of the more common side effects that are typically seen directly at the site of application of clobetasol are:

  • Irritation
  • Burning
  • Itching

The burning, itching, and/or irritation may last for a few days to a few weeks, but if these side effects seem to be worsening or simply lasting longer or not going away, contact your physician.

Serious Side Effects

Clobetasol can occasionally produce dramatic and serious effects that require immediate medical attention. If you experience any of the following serious side effects, seek emergency medical attention right away:

Symptoms of Adrenal Insufficiency

  • Low Blood Pressure
  • Dizziness
  • Fainting
  • Tiredness

Symptoms of Cushing's Syndrome

Blood Sugar in Urine or High Blood Sugar Presenting as:

  • Intense Hunger
  • Intense Thirst
  • Urinating More Frequently than Normal
  • High Blood Pressure

Contraindications

As with any drug, all patients considering the use of clobetasol should first consult with their physician regarding their medical and medication history before using clobetasol. Clobetasol is contraindicated for patients with an allergy to corticosteroids (glucocorticoids) Breastfeeding women and women planning to begin breastfeeding should not use clobetasol unless their physician has deemed its use to be absolutely necessary as its effects on a nursing infant are unknown. Patients who are pregnant or planning a pregnancy should not use clobetasol. Animal testing has shown the drug to be teratogenic. Clobetasol may be contraindicated for patients with any of the following conditions, check with your physician before taking clobetasol:

  • Diabetes
  • Skin Stretch Marks
  • Fragile Skin
  • Thin Skin
  • Decreased Function of the Adrenal Gland
  • High Blood Sugar
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