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As a type of steroid that is applied to the skin, clobetasol propionate is approved for treating eczema, psoriasis, and various other skin problems. It comes in several forms, including a shampoo, gel, and foam, and is applied to the affected areas once or twice daily. Possible side effects may include burning, stinging, or other skin reactions.

What Is Clobetasol Propionate?

Clobetasol propionate (Clobex®, Cormax®, Olux®, Temovate®) is a prescription skin medication. It comes in a variety of different forms, including a shampoo, gel, and foam, just to name a few. It belongs to a group of medications known as topical steroids and is used to treat inflammation and itching due to a wide variety of skin conditions, such as eczema, psoriasis, dermatitis, and allergic reactions.
(Click What Is Clobetasol Propionate Used For? for more information on this topic, including possible off-label uses.)

Are There Side Effects?

Just like any medicine, clobetasol propionate may cause side effects. However, not everyone who uses the drug will experience problems. In fact, most people tolerate it quite well.
If reactions do occur, in most cases, they are minor and either require no treatment or are treated easily by you or your healthcare provider. Serious side effects are less common.
Common side effects of clobetasol propionate include but are not limited to:
  • Suppression of the adrenal glands
  • Burning
  • Stinging
  • Other skin reactions.
(Click Clobetasol Propionate Side Effects to learn more, including potentially serious side effects you should report immediately to your healthcare provider.)
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