Clobetasol is a highly potent steroid. It reduces the actions of chemicals in the body that cause inflammation.

Clobetasol topical (for the skin) is used to treat the inflammation and itching caused by a number of skin conditions such as allergic reactions, eczema, and psoriasis.

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  • Clobex, Clodan, Cormax, Olux, Olux-E, Temovate, Temovate E, Embeline E, Clobevate, Embeline, Olux/Olux-E Kit, Cormax Scalp
  • More common
    Burning or stinging at the application site
    Less common
    Burning sensation of the skin
    dry skin
    flushing or redness of the skin
    itching, scaling, severe redness, soreness, or swelling of the skin
    skin irritation
    skin rash, encrusted, scaly and oozing
    thinning of the skin with easy bruising, especially when used on the face or where the skin folds together (eg, between the fingers)
    Incidence not known
    Burning, itching, and pain in hairy areas, or pus at the root of the hair
    hair loss
    redness and scaling around the mouth
    thinning of the hair
    thinning, weakness, or wasting away of the skin
    Severity: Minor
    Some of the side effects that can occur with clobetasol topical may not need medical attention. As your body adjusts to the medicine during treatment these side effects may go away. Your health care professional may also be able to tell you about ways to reduce or prevent some of these side effects. If any of the following side effects continue, are bothersome or if you have any questions about them, check with your health care professional:

    More common
    sore throat
    Less common
    Body aches or pain
    changes in skin coloring
    congestion or cough
    dryness or soreness of the throat
    raised, dark red, wart-like spots on the skin, especially when used on the face
    skin discomfort
    stuffy or runny nose
    tender, swollen glands in the neck
    trouble swallowing
    unusual tiredness or weakness
    voice changes
    Incidence not known
    Acne or pimples
    burning and itching of the skin with pinhead-sized red blisters
    increased hair growth on the forehead, back, arms, and legs
    lightening of normal skin color
    lightening of treated areas of dark skin
    reddish purple lines on the arms, face, legs, trunk, or groin
    softening of the skin
  • (topical cream, topical ointment, topical solution, topical foam, topical gel, topical shampoo, topical lotion, topical spray, compounding powder, topical kit)