Temovate Ointment (Clobetasol Propionate)
Temovate (clobetasol propionate) Dosage and Side Effects
TEMOVATE used to treat eczema, psoriasis, allergies (such as an allergic reaction to poison ivy), and many other skin conditions.
Warnings and Precautions
Before using TEMOVATE, tell your doctor if you have, or have ever had:
- A skin infection
- Thinning of the skin
- Acne, perioral dermatitis, rosacea, or any other skin problems
- Cushing's syndrome (an adrenal gland disorder)
- A recent vaccination
- Tuberculosis (TB)
- Chickenpox or shingles
- Circulation problems
- Immune disorders
- Intracranial hypertension (increased pressure in the head)
- Glaucoma or cataracts (eye conditions)
- Allergies to medicines
Don't use TEMOVATE for longer than two consecutive weeks (or four consecutive weeks for some formulations that are used on the scalp), unless your doctor tells you otherwise.
Let your doctor know if your symptoms don't improve, or if they worsen during your treatment with TEMOVATE.
If you have diabetes, TEMOVATE may raise your blood sugar levels. Be sure to monitor your condition carefully.
Using too much TEMOVATE — or using this medicine for a long period of time — may increase your risk of developing adrenal gland problems.
Tell your doctor right away if you experience any of the following symptoms:
- Blurred vision
- Dizziness or fainting
- Fast or irregular heartbeat
- Irritability, depression, or anxiety
- Unusual tiredness or weakness
- Increased thirst or urination
- Unusual weight gain (especially in the face)
- New or worsening high blood pressure
- Loss of appetite or weight loss
- Muscle weakness
Steroids may affect growth in some children and teens. Talk to your doctor if this is a concern.
Don't use this medicine on a child under age 12 without consulting with a doctor.
Tell your healthcare provider you're using TEMOVATE before having any type of medical or dental procedure.
Pregnancy and TEMOVATE
It's not known whether TEMOVATE could harm an unborn baby if used during pregnancy.
Tell your doctor if you're pregnant or might become pregnant.
It's also unknown whether this medicine passes into breast milk. Talk to your doctor before using TEMOVATE while breastfeeding.
Common Side Effects of TEMOVATE
Tell your doctor if any of the following side effects become severe or don't go away:
- Mild irritation
Serious Side Effects of TEMOVATE
Tell your doctor right away if you experience any of the symptoms in the TEMOVATE Warnings section above, or the following serious side effects:
- Severe burning, itching, or redness
- Skin thinning or discoloration
- Severe skin rash
- Nausea or vomiting
- Excessive hair growth
- Inflamed hair follicles
- Signs of an infection, which may include redness, swelling, or oozing of the skin
- Signs of anaphylaxis, which may include rash, hives, itching, difficulty breathing, tightness in the chest, or swelling of the face, mouth, lips, or tongue
Interactions with this medication
Tell your doctor about all prescription, nonprescription, illegal, recreational, herbal, nutritional, or dietary drugs you're taking, especially:
- Other steroids
- Other topical medicines
- Any drug that affects your immune system
Proper Use of this medication
Your dose will depend on the formulation you're using and your medical condition.
Follow the instructions on your package label carefully. Don't use more or less TEMOVATE than is recommended.
Clean the affected area before use. Then apply a thin layer of TEMOVATE, and rub it in gently.
Wash your hands after applying this medicine, unless your hands are being treated.
This medicine should be used only on the skin. Don't get TEMOVATE in your eyes, mouth, nose, or vagina.
Don't apply TEMOVATE to your face, underarms, or groin area unless your doctor tells you otherwise.
Some formulations of TEMOVATE may not be suitable to use on a baby's diaper area.
If your healthcare provider has told you to use TEMOVATE on your child's diaper area, avoid dressing your child in plastic pants or tight-fitting diapers.
Ask your doctor before using cosmetics or other skin products on areas of your body that are treated with TEMOVATE.
If you suspect an overdose of TEMOVATE or accidentally swallow this medicine, contact a poison control center or emergency room immediately.
Missed Dose of TEMOVATE
If you miss a dose of TEMOVATE, apply it as soon as you remember.
But if it's almost time for your next scheduled dose, skip the missed dose and continue with your regular application schedule.
Don't apply more medicine to make up for a missed dose.
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The above information is an educational aid only. It is not intended as medical advice for individual conditions or treatments. Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before following any medical regimen to see if it is safe and effective for you.