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What is Clobex Shampoo (Clobetasol Propionate) prescribed for?

Scalp psoriasis is a common skin disorder that makes raised, reddish, and often scaly patches on the skin. It can pop up as a singular patch or multiple, and can affect your entire scalp. As to where it comes from, there is no known cause. However, doctors believe it comes from something wrong with your immune system that causes skin cells to grow too quickly and build up into patches.

This medication is a product to be used only by adults. Colbex is used to treat adults with moderate to severe scalp psoriasis. It works by reducing the swelling and itching and the redness that can occur in these types of conditions. This medicine is a very strong (super high potency) corticosteroid.

This medication is not recommended for use with children younger than 18 years of age due to an increased risk of side effects. Speak with your doctor for further information.

This medication comes in a singular dose which is 0.05%. And it is known as Etrivex on an international level. Remember your dose is based on your medical background and your overall response to the treatment. If your doctor or pharmacist has given you some information in the form of a pamphlet, take the time to read up on this drug, and if you have any questions or concerns regarding this medication, please consult your doctor.

Use this medication on the scalp only. Avoid all contact with the eyes, nose and the mouth. Di bit bandage, wrap over cover the affected area by using an item such as a shower cap or a bathing cap. Unless directed otherwise by your doctor.

Apply a thin film of shampoo to your dry scalp. Directly squeeze the bottle over the affected area. This is usually done once a day, unless directed by your doctor. Gently rub the shampoo into the affected area, and then leave it on your scalp for 15 minutes. Wash your hands immediately afterwards. Then wet the scalp, lather and rinse the shampoo of thoroughly. Also rinse any part of your body that has come in contact with the shampoo. Make sure to wash your hands once again after you are finished.

Do not apply this medication to your face, neck, groin or your underarms. And avoid getting this medication in the eyes, nose, and mouth.  If you get the shampoo in your eyes make sure to flush your eyes out thoroughly. Same procedure if it gets into your mouth.

Use this medication exactly as prescribed to you. Do not use for longer than 4 weeks, unless directed to by your doctor.  If no improvement occurs within the 4 weeks, or if you condition worsens, inform your doctor right away.


Before taking this medication, advise your doctor if you are allergic to Clobetasol Propionate, or to any other steroids (e.g., hydrocortisone, dexamethasone); or if you have any other allergies

Speak with your doctor of your medical history before taking this medication, especially if you have had any of the following; poor blood circulation, diabetes, other skin/scalp conditions (e.g., rosacea, perioral dermatitis), immune system problems.

Rarely, using corticosteroid medications for a long time or over large areas of skin can make it more difficult for your body to respond to physical stress. Therefore, before having surgery or emergency treatment, or if you get a serious illness/injury, tell your doctor or dentist that you are using this medication or have used this medication within the past few months.

Side Effects

Burning, stinging, itching, irritation, redness, discoloration, dry skin, hair loss, headache, or acne may occur when this medication is first applied to the scalp. If any of these effects persist or worsen, tell your doctor promptly.

Tell your doctor right away if you have any serious side effects, including: stretch marks (striae), skin thinning/discoloration, excessive hair growth, hair bumps (folliculitis).

Skin infections can become worse when using this medication. Notify your doctor if redness, swelling or irritation does not improve

Rarely, it is possible this medication will be absorbed from the skin into the bloodstream. This can lead to side effects of too much corticosteroid. These side effects are more likely in children, and in people who use this medication for a long time or over large areas of the skin. Tell your doctor right away if any of the following side effects occur: unusual/extreme tiredness, weight loss, headache, swelling ankles/feet, increased thirst/urination, vision problems.


What happens if I suddenly stop taking this medication?

There may be a relapse in symptoms as well as side effects. You should speak your doctor before stop taking this medication.


What is the best dosage to take?

The diagnosis with your doctor will be able to determine the best dosage for your treatment. Work with your doctor closely for dosage and dosing schedules.


What happens if I miss a dose?

You should take the missed dose as soon you realize you have forgotten. If the forgotten dose is closer to your next scheduled dose, take the next schedule dose to avoid overlapping in dose.


What is the best way to store this medication?

This medication is stored at room temperature, and should be kept away from children and pets. Do not throw away this medication in the wastebasket. If you are uncertain how to dispose of this medication speak with your pharmacist for help in safely disposing of this medication.

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