As a steroid medication, Clobex has many effects in the body. However, the most useful effects of Clobex involve the drug's ability to decrease inflammation and suppress the immune system. Eczema, atopic dermatitis, and psoriasis are just a few of the conditions this drug is licensed to treat. At this time, it is only approved for people who are at least 18 years old.
Clobex® (clobetasol propionate) is a prescription skin medication. It comes in three different forms, which are approved for different uses.
Clobex shampoo is approved to treat scalp psoriasis. The spray is approved to treat plaque psoriasis. Clobex lotion is approved to treat inflammation and itching due to a wide variety of conditions. Such conditions include but are not limited to:
Notably, Clobex is recommended for short-term use only, and dosing instructions must be followed very carefully. Using too much or using it for too long may cause serious side effects (see Clobex Side Effects).
The spray and shampoo should be used for no more than four consecutive weeks. Clobex lotion should be used for no more than two weeks (for most uses) or for no more than four weeks (for serious cases of plaque psoriasis).
Clobex is part of a group of drugs known as glucocorticoids. Glucocorticoids 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. Clobex works for most conditions by decreasing inflammation or suppressing an overactive immune system.