Clobetasol Emollient Foam
Clobetasol (kloe-BAY-ta-sol)Brand Name:
Clobetasol Emollient Foam is used for:
The short-term treatment of burning and itching caused by moderate to severe skin diseases.
Clobetasol Emollient Foam is a topical corticosteroid. It works by reducing skin inflammation (redness, swelling, itching, and irritation).
Do NOT use Clobetasol Emollient Foam if:
- you are allergic to any ingredient in Clobetasol Emollient Foam or to other corticosteroid medicines (eg, prednisone)
Contact your doctor or health care provider right away if any of these apply to you.
Before using Clobetasol Emollient Foam:
Some medical conditions may interact with Clobetasol Emollient Foam. Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have any medical conditions, especially if any of the following apply to you:
- if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding
- if you are taking any prescription or nonprescription medicine, herbal preparation, or dietary supplement
- if you have allergies to medicines, foods, or other substances
- if you have chickenpox, shingles, measles, or tuberculosis (TB), or have had a positive TB skin test or a recent vaccination
- if you have had a skin infection, thinning of the skin (atrophy), or a certain type of severe acne (rosacea)
- if you are taking an oral corticosteroid (eg, prednisone)
Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with Clobetasol Emollient Foam. Because little, if any, of Clobetasol Emollient Foam is absorbed into the blood, the risk of it interacting with another medicine is low.
Ask your health care provider if Clobetasol Emollient Foam may interact with other medicines that you take. Check with your health care provider before you start, stop, or change the dose of any medicine.
How to use Clobetasol Emollient Foam:
Use Clobetasol Emollient Foam as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.
- Wash your hands before using Clobetasol Emollient Foam. If your fingers are warm, rinse them in cold water and dry before you apply Clobetasol Emollient Foam.
- Use the smallest amount of medicine necessary to cover the affected area.
- Shake well before each use.
- Turn the can upside down and squirt a small amount of foam (up to the size of a golf ball) into the cap of the can, onto a clean saucer, or onto another cool, clean surface. You may also squirt it directly onto the affected area. Do not squirt the medicine directly into the hand because it will start to melt immediately upon touching warm skin.
- Gently rub the medicine into the affected area until it disappears.
- Throw away any unused medicine that has been squirted out of the can.
- Wash your hands immediately after using Clobetasol Emollient Foam, unless your hands are a part of the treated area.
- Do not use Clobetasol Emollient Foam on your face, groin, or underarms unless your doctor tells you otherwise.
- Do not use Clobetasol Emollient Foam over large areas of the body without first checking with your doctor.
- Do not bandage or wrap the affected area unless directed to do so by your doctor.
- If you miss a dose of Clobetasol Emollient Foam, apply it as soon as possible. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular schedule. Do not use 2 doses at once.
Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use Clobetasol Emollient Foam.
Important safety information:
- Clobetasol Emollient Foam is for external use only. Do not get it in your eyes, nose, or mouth; on your lips; or near your genital area. If you get it in any of these areas, rinse right away with cool water.
- Do NOT use more than the recommended dose or use for longer than 2 weeks without checking with your doctor.
- If your symptoms do not get better within 2 weeks or if they get worse, check with your doctor.
- Talk with your doctor before you use any other medicines or cleansers on your skin.
- Do not use Clobetasol Emollient Foam for other skin conditions at a later time.
- Clobetasol Emollient Foam has a corticosteroid in it. Before you start any new medicine, check the label to see if it has a corticosteroid (eg, hydrocortisone) in it too. If it does or if you are not sure, check with your doctor or pharmacist.
- Tell your doctor or dentist that you use Clobetasol Emollient Foam before you receive any medical or dental care, emergency care, or surgery.
- Check with your doctor before you receive any vaccination while you are using Clobetasol Emollient Foam.
- Serious side effects may occur if too much of Clobetasol Emollient Foam is absorbed through the skin. This may be more likely to occur if you use Clobetasol Emollient Foam over a large area of the body. It may also be more likely if you wrap or bandage the area after you apply Clobetasol Emollient Foam. The risk is greater in children. Do not use more than the prescribed dose. Contact your doctor right away if you develop unusual weight gain (especially in the face), muscle weakness, increased thirst or urination, confusion, unusual drowsiness, severe or persistent headache, or vision changes. Discuss any questions or concerns with your doctor.
- Clobetasol Emollient Foam is flammable. Do not store near fire or an open flame. Avoid fire, open flame, or smoking during and immediately after use.
- Corticosteroids may affect growth rate in CHILDREN and teenagers in some cases. They may need regular growth checks while they use Clobetasol Emollient Foam.
- Caution is advised when using Clobetasol Emollient Foam in CHILDREN older than 12 years old; they may be more sensitive to its effects.
- Clobetasol Emollient Foam should not be used in CHILDREN younger than 12 years old; safety and effectiveness in these children have not been confirmed.
- PREGNANCY and BREAST-FEEDING: If you become pregnant, contact your doctor. You will need to discuss the benefits and risks of using Clobetasol Emollient Foam while you are pregnant. It is not known if Clobetasol Emollient Foam is found in breast milk after topical use. If you are or will be breast-feeding while you use Clobetasol Emollient Foam, check with your doctor. Discuss any possible risks to your baby.
Possible side effects of Clobetasol Emollient Foam:
All medicines may cause side effects, but many people have no, or minor, side effects. Check with your doctor if any of these most COMMON side effects persist or become bothersome:
Burning or mild skin irritation.
Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur:
Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue); acne-like rash; burning, cracking, irritation, peeling, or swelling not present before you began using Clobetasol Emollient Foam; inflamed hair follicles; inflammation around the mouth; muscle weakness; numbness of the fingers; symptoms of high blood sugar (eg, confusion; flushing; increased hunger, thirst, or urination; rapid breathing; unusual drowsiness); thinning, softening, or discoloration of the skin; unusual weight gain, especially in the face.
This is not a complete list of all side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, contact your health care provider. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088. You may also report side effects at http://www.fda.gov/medwatch.
If OVERDOSE is suspected:
Contact 1-800-222-1222 (the American Association of Poison Control Centers), your local poison control center (http://www.aapcc.org), or emergency room immediately. Symptoms may include increased thirst or urination; muscle weakness; unusual weight gain, especially in the face.Proper storage of Clobetasol Emollient Foam:
Store Clobetasol Emollient Foam at room temperature, between 68 and 77 degrees F (20 and 25 degrees C). Store away from heat and direct sunlight. Do not expose to heat or store at temperatures above 120 degrees F (49 degrees C). Do not puncture, break, or burn the canister, even if it appears to be empty. Keep Clobetasol Emollient Foam out of the reach of children and away from pets.
- If you have any questions about Clobetasol Emollient Foam, please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
- Clobetasol Emollient Foam is to be used only by the patient for whom it is prescribed. Do not share it with other people.
- If your symptoms do not improve or if they become worse, check with your doctor.
This information is a summary only. It does not contain all information about Clobetasol Emollient Foam. If you have questions about the medicine you are taking or would like more information, check with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.