Clarelux foam (Clobetasol)
How does it work?
Clarelux foam contains the active ingredient clobetasol propionate, which is a type of medicine called a topical corticosteroid.
Corticosteroids are medicines used for reducing inflammation. Inflammation of the skin happens due to irritation of the skin, and is caused by the release of various substances that are important in the immune system. These substances cause blood vessels to widen, resulting in the irritated area becoming red, swollen, itchy and painful
When clobetasol is applied to the skin it works by acting inside the skin cells to decrease the release of these inflammatory substances. This reduces swelling, redness and itch.
There is a range of potencies of corticosteroids applied to the skin. Clobetasol is a very potent corticosteroid that is applied to the skin to treat severe inflammatory skin disorders, such as psoriasis, that have not responded to milder steroids.
Clarelux foam is designed for easy application to the scalp. The foam should be applied sparingly to the areas of the scalp that need treating. It should be massaged in gently until the foam melts and is absorbed into the skin. The clobetasol will be left on the scalp - it should not be washed off. If you need to wash your hair you should wash and dry your hair before applying the foam.
The foam is usually applied twice a day. As soon as the condition starts to improve, you should use it less frequently, as directed by your doctor. If there is no improvement in your scalp after two weeks of treatment you should consult your doctor. Repeat courses maybe necessary to control flare-ups of psoriasis or eczema, but should only be started on the advice of your doctor.
What is it used for?
- Short-term treatment of inflammatory conditions affecting the scalp, such as psoriasis or eczema, when milder steroids have not been effective.
- This medicine contains pressurised, flammable liquid. Do not use the foam near naked flames or lit objects, such as gas and electric fires and lit cigarettes.
- This medicine is for external use on the scalp only. It must not be used on the face or any other part of the body apart from the scalp.
- The foam should be applied directly onto the scalp. Alternatively it can be dispensed into the cap of the container or onto another cool surface before application. However, the foam should not be dispensed directly onto the hands before application, as it starts to melt as soon as it comes into contact with warm skin.
- Avoid getting the foam in contact with the eyes, mouth and nasal passages. Rinse with cold water if accidental contact occurs.
- Wash your hands after applying this medicine to avoid accidentally transferring it to other areas.
- If corticosteroids are used long-term, in large amounts, on large areas of skin, raw skin, or under airtight dressings, they are absorbed into the body more. This increases the risk of local side effects such as skin thinning, and those on other parts of the body, such as a decrease in the production of natural hormones by the adrenal glands. For this reason, continuous, long-term use of this medicine should be avoided. It should not be used for longer than two weeks at a time. It should also be applied sparingly; no more than 50g of foam should be used in a week. If no improvements in symptoms are seen two weeks after starting treatment then it is necessary to consult your doctor. You should only use airtight dressings over the affected area if instructed by your doctor.
- If you have been prescribed this medicine to treat psoriasis you should have regular check-ups with your doctor. This is because although corticosteroids may be useful for psoriasis in the short-term, they can sometimes make psoriasis worse, and may cause the condition to relapse into generalised pustular psoriasis after the treatment is stopped.
- This medicine contains propylene glycol, cetyl alcohol and stearyl alcohol, which may cause skin irritation. If your skin becomes irritated, red or there is a burning sensation after using this foam, you should stop using the foam and consult your doctor.
- If you think the area of skin you are treating has become infected you should stop using this medicine and consult your doctor.
Use with caution in
- Decreased liver function.
Not to be used in
- Skin infected with viruses (eg chickenpox, shingles), fungi (eg ringworm) or bacteria (eg impetigo).
- Acne vulgaris.
- Acne rosacea.
- Inflammatory rash around the mouth (perioral dermatitis).
- Itching of the skin around the genitals or anus (perianal or genital pruritus).
- Burns, eg sunburnt skin.
- This medicine is not recommended for children and adolescents.
- This medicine should not be used on the face.
This medicine should not be used if you are allergic to one or any of its ingredients. Please inform your doctor or pharmacist if you have previously experienced such an allergy.
If you feel you have experienced an allergic reaction, stop using this medicine and inform your doctor or pharmacist immediately.
Pregnancy and breastfeeding
Certain medicines should not be used during pregnancy or breastfeeding. However, other medicines may be safely used in pregnancy or breastfeeding providing the benefits to the mother outweigh the risks to the unborn baby. Always inform your doctor if you are pregnant or planning a pregnancy, before using any medicine.
- This medicine should not be used during pregnancy or breastfeeding unless considered essential by your doctor. If it is prescribed by your doctor it should not be used on large areas of skin, underneath dressings, or for prolonged periods of time. Consult your doctor for further information.
- Caution flammable: keep medication away from fire or flames.
- This medication is to be spread thinly and sparingly on the skin.
Medicines and their possible side effects can affect individual people in different ways. The following are some of the side effects that are known to be associated with this medicine. Just because a side effect is stated here does not mean that all people using this medicine will experience that or any side effect.
- Skin irritation at site of application, such as burning, stinging, itching and redness.
- Thinning of the skin.
- Changes in skin pigmentation.
- Skin tightness or tenderness.
- Excessive hair growth (hypertrichosis).
- Inflammation of the hair follicles (folliculitis).
- Pins and needles (paraesthesia).
- Eye irritation.
- Prolonged use of this medicine on extensive areas of skin, broken or raw skin, or underneath airtight dressings may on rare occasions result in enough corticosteroid being absorbed to have side effects on other parts of the body, for example a decrease in the production of natural hormones by the adrenal glands. See warning section above.
The side effects listed above may not include all of the side effects reported by the medicine's manufacturer.
For more information about any other possible risks associated with this medicine, please read the information provided with the medicine or consult your doctor or pharmacist.
How can this medicine affect other medicines?
This medicine is not known to affect other medicines. However, as with all medicines, it is important to tell your doctor or pharmacist what medicines you are already using, including those bought without a prescription and herbal medicines, before you start treatment with this medicine. Similarly, check with your doctor or pharmacist before using any new medicines while using this one, to ensure that the combination is safe.
If you are using other medicines or moisturisers on the same area of skin it is recommended that you leave several minutes between applying each product. This is to allow each product time to be absorbed and avoid them mixing on the skin.
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