Important Instructions for Clobetasol Propionate
What If I Overdose on This Medicine?An overdose with this medication can cause serious problems. This is especially true if too much is used over an extended period. If you or someone else may have used too much or taken clobetasol propionate by mouth, seek immediate medical attention.
What If I Forget a Dose of Clobetasol Propionate?If you forget a dose, apply it as soon as possible, unless it is almost time for the next dose. In this case, simply skip the missed dose and continue with your regular schedule. Do not use a double dose.
How Does It Work?Clobetasol propionate is part of a group of medications known as glucocorticoids, which are a type of corticosteroid (or "steroid" for short). Although glucocorticoids have numerous effects in the body, they are used mostly for their anti-inflammatory or immune-suppressing properties. Clobetasol propionate works by decreasing inflammation and suppressing an overactive immune system.
When and How to Use This MedicineSome general considerations to keep in mind during treatment with clobetasol propionate include the following:
- This medication is normally used once or twice a day, depending on the particular product.
- Apply the medication sparingly. More is not better; only a thin film is necessary.
- Generally, clobetasol propionate should be used for a short period of time only (for no more than two weeks), due to the risk of serious side effects from long-term use.
- Do not cover the medication with a dressing or bandage, unless your healthcare provider tells you to do so. Dressings can increase effectiveness, but also increase the risk for side effects.
- For the medication to work properly, it must be used as prescribed.