Generic Medicine Info
Indications and Dosage
Corticosteroid-responsive dermatoses
Adult: As 0.05% ointment/cream: Apply thinly and rub gently onto the affected area once daily or bid, gradually discontinue once control is achieved. Max treatment duration: 4 weeks.
Child: Same as adult dose. Max treatment duration: 7 days.
Untreated cutaneous infections of bacterial, fungal, treponemal, tuberculous, or viral origin; acne vulgaris, pruritus without inflammation, perioral dermatitis, rosacea.
Special Precautions
Patient with psoriasis, stasis dermatitis. Not recommended for long-term use (particularly on the face). Children and elderly. Pregnancy and lactation.
Adverse Reactions
Significant: HPA axis suppression (e.g. Cushingoid features, hyperglycaemia, glycosuria), allergic contact dermatitis, bacterial or fungal superinfection, increased risk of posterior subscapular cataracts and glaucoma.
Eye disorders: Blurred vision, visual disturbance.
Skin and subcutaneous tissue disorders: Pruritus.
Patient Counseling Information
Avoid application to the face, scalp, groin, genitals, axilla, or between toes without medical advice. Avoid contact with eyes. Do not use occlusive dressing. Avoid abrupt withdrawal.
Monitoring Parameters
Monitor for adrenal insufficiency and HPA axis suppression. Assess for signs and symptoms of visual disturbances.
Symptoms: Hypercortisolism or Cushing’s syndrome (e.g. moon face, buffalo hump, hirsutism, weight gain), and HPA axis suppression. Management: Withdraw clobetasone gradually by decreasing the frequency of application or use less potent corticosteroids.
Drug Interactions
Increased systemic exposure with CYP3A4 inhibitors (e.g. ritonavir, itraconazole).
Mechanism of Action: Clobetasone is a moderately potent corticosteroid with anti-inflammatory, antipruritic and vasoconstrictive properties. It induces phospholipase A2 inhibitory proteins (lipocortins) thereby depressing the formation, release, and activity of endogenous chemical mediators of inflammation (e.g. histamine, kinase, liposomal enzymes, prostaglandins). It also decreases the density of mast cells, chemotaxis, activation of eosinophils, and cytokine production, and inhibits the metabolism of arachidonic acid.
Absorption: May be systematically absorbed from intact healthy skin.
Metabolism: Metabolised in the liver.
Excretion: Via urine and bile.
Chemical Structure

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Source: National Center for Biotechnology Information. PubChem Compound Summary for CID 71387, Clobetasone. Accessed Oct. 25, 2023.

Store between 15-30°C. Protect from light.
MIMS Class
Topical Corticosteroids
ATC Classification
D07AB01 - clobetasone ; Belongs to the class of moderately potent (group II) corticosteroids. Used in the treatment of dermatological diseases.
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