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Clobetasol Spray

Generic Name: Clobetasol (kloe-BAY-ta-sol)Brand Name: Clobex

Clobetasol Spray is used for:

Treating moderate to severe psoriasis. It may also be used for other conditions as determined by your doctor.

Clobetasol Spray is a topical adrenocortical steroid. It works by reducing skin inflammation (eg, redness, swelling, itching, irritation) in a way that is not clearly understood.

Do NOT use Clobetasol Spray if:

  • you are allergic to any ingredient in Clobetasol Spray or to other corticosteroids (eg, prednisone)

Contact your doctor or health care provider right away if any of these apply to you.

Before using Clobetasol Spray:

Some medical conditions may interact with Clobetasol Spray. Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have any medical conditions, especially if any of the following apply to you:

  • if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding
  • if you are taking any prescription or nonprescription medicine, herbal preparation, or dietary supplement
  • if you have allergies to medicines, foods, or other substances
  • if you have any kind of skin infection, cuts, scrapes, or lessened blood flow to your skin
  • if you have had a recent vaccination; have measles, tuberculosis, chickenpox, or shingles; or have had a positive tuberculosis test
  • if you are taking prednisone or similar medicines

Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with Clobetasol Spray. Because little, if any, of Clobetasol Spray is absorbed into the blood, the risk of it interacting with another medicine is low.

Ask your health care provider if Clobetasol Spray may interact with other medicines that you take. Check with your health care provider before you start, stop, or change the dose of any medicine.

How to use Clobetasol Spray:

Use Clobetasol Spray as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.

  • Spray medicine onto the affected area. Gently rub the medicine in until it is evenly distributed. Wash your hands after applying Clobetasol Spray, unless your hands are part of the treated area.
  • Do not bandage or cover the treated skin area unless directed by your doctor. Do not wear tight-fitting clothes over the treated area.
  • If you miss a dose of Clobetasol Spray, apply it as soon as possible. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not apply 2 doses at once.

Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use Clobetasol Spray.

Important safety information:

  • Clobetasol Spray is for external use only. Do not get Clobetasol Spray in your eyes, nose, mouth, or on your lips. If contact is made with the eyes, flush them immediately with tap water.
  • Do not use Clobetasol Spray on the face, groin, diaper area, or underarms.
  • Do not use Clobetasol Spray to treat rosacea or conditions around the mouth.
  • Do NOT take more than the recommended dose or use for longer than prescribed without checking with your doctor.
  • If your symptoms do not get better within 2 weeks or if they get worse, check with your doctor.
  • Do not use Clobetasol Spray to treat large areas of your body without first checking with your doctor.
  • Tell your doctor or dentist that you take Clobetasol Spray before you receive any medical or dental care, emergency care, or surgery.
  • Check with your doctor before having vaccinations while using Clobetasol Spray.
  • Do not use Clobetasol Spray for other skin conditions at a later time.
  • Check with your doctor if you experience nausea, vomiting, fever, dizziness, or chest pain after you have stopped using Clobetasol Spray.
  • Clobetasol Spray has a corticosteroid in it. Before you start any new medicine, check the label to see if it has a corticosteroid (eg, hydrocortisone) in it too. If it does or if you are not sure, check with your doctor or pharmacist.
  • Clobetasol Spray is flammable. Do not store or use near an open flame or while smoking.
  • Corticosteroids may affect growth rate in CHILDREN and teenagers in some cases. They may need regular growth checks while they use Clobetasol Spray.
  • Clobetasol Spray should not be used in CHILDREN younger than 18 years old; safety and effectiveness in these children have not been confirmed.
  • PREGNANCY and BREAST-FEEDING: If you become pregnant, contact your doctor. You will need to discuss the benefits and risks of using Clobetasol Spray while you are pregnant. It is not known if Clobetasol Spray is found in breast milk after topical use. If you are or will be breast-feeding while you use Clobetasol Spray, check with your doctor. Discuss any possible risks to your baby.

Possible side effects of Clobetasol Spray:

All medicines may cause side effects, but many people have no, or minor, side effects. Check with your doctor if any of these most COMMON side effects persist or become bothersome:

Dryness; itching; mild burning or stinging.

Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur:

Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue); acne-like rash; burning, cracking, irritation, or peeling not present before you began using Clobetasol Spray; dark red blotches on the skin; excessive hair growth; general feeling of being unwell; inflamed hair follicles; inflammation around the mouth; muscle weakness; numbness of fingers; persistent sore throat, cough, or congestion; thinning, softening, or discoloration of the skin; unusual weight gain, especially in the face.

This is not a complete list of all side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, contact your health care provider. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088. You may also report side effects at http://www.fda.gov/medwatch.

If OVERDOSE is suspected:

Contact 1-800-222-1222 (the American Association of Poison Control Centers), your local poison control center (http://www.aapcc.org), or emergency room immediately. Symptoms may include increased thirst or urination; muscle weakness; unusual weight gain, especially in the face.

Proper storage of Clobetasol Spray:

Store Clobetasol Spray at room temperature, between 68 and 77 degrees F (20 and 25 degrees C). Brief storage at temperatures between 59 and 86 degrees F (15 and 30 degrees C) is permitted. Store away from heat, moisture, and light. Do not refrigerate or freeze. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep Clobetasol Spray out of the reach of children and away from pets.

General information:

  • If you have any questions about Clobetasol Spray, please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
  • Clobetasol Spray is to be used only by the patient for whom it is prescribed. Do not share it with other people.
  • If your symptoms do not improve or if they become worse, check with your doctor.

This information is a summary only. It does not contain all information about Clobetasol Spray. If you have questions about the medicine you are taking or would like more information, check with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.

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