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What is Clobetasol Propionate?

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If you have skin issues or irritations like allergies or psoriasis your doctor or dermatologist may prescribe clobetasol propionate (pronounced kloe-BAY-ta-sol PROE-pee-oh-nate).

Clobetasol propionate is for external use only and only available with a medical prescription. This drug is also classified as a corticosteroid.

According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), ʺ[cortico]steroids are similar to hormones that your adrenal glands produce to fight stress associated with illnesses and injuries. They reduce inflammation and affect the immune system.ʺ

Clobetasol propionate comes in the following forms:
• Lotion
• Cream
• Spray
• Foam
• Shampoo
• Gel/Jelly
• Liquid
• Ointment

As is the case with many medications, you might not be able to use clobetasol propionate. According to the University of Maryland Medical Center (UMMC), ʺYou should not use this medicine if you have had an allergic reaction to clobetasol. You might not be able to use this medicine if you have had an allergic reaction to other corticosteroids such as hydrocortisone, triamcinolone, or betamethasone.ʺ

Also, keep this medication at room temperature. Do not freeze or store this medication near excessive heat. If you miss or forget to apply an application, do not worry apply immediately or wait until your next scheduled application. Do not wear makeup or other cosmetic lotions with this medication.

The UMMC website also recommends the following when using clobetasol propionate:

• Apply a thin layer to the affected area. Rub it in gently.
• Your doctor will tell you how much of this medicine to use and how often.
• Do not use more medicine or use it more often than your doctor tells you to.
• This medicine is not for long-term use.
• Do not use this medicine for more than two weeks unless directed by your doctor.
• This medicine is for use on the skin only.
• Do not get it in your eyes, nose, or mouth. Do not use it on skin areas that have cuts or scrapes. If it does get on these areas, rinse it off right away.
• Wash your hands with soap and water before and after using this medicine.

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