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Temovate Scalp Lotion is a medical “shampoo” containing 0.05% clobetasol propionate, a highly potent steroid. We carry the brand choice of this medication. 

Temovate Scalp Lotion is used to treat certain types of scalp and skin conditions. These types of skin conditions include psoriasis, dermatitis, and rash, which are commonly known conditions of the knees, elbows and arms, but they can also occur on a person’s scalp (head). Many of you have probably heard of dandruff, or may even know someone with it, or maybe you have had it at some point in your life; dandruff is a common sign that the scalp is dry or sheds more than normal. Within conditions like psoriasis and dermatitis, dry skin is a common symptom. Other symptoms of a scalp condition include itchiness, and flaky scaly patches.

Temovate Scalp Lotion (clobetasol propionate) is effective at treating skin conditions of the scalp because steroids can block the chemical reactions in the body that create inflammation. They do this by interfering with the DNA inside the cells to create a type of protein, which is what blocks the reaction (inflammation).

Your doctor will tell you before prescribing you Temovate Scalp Lotion (clobetasol propionate) exactly how to take this medication. Follow his or her directions very carefully, they can usually be found on the prescription label if you forget. Do not take this medication for longer than prescribed, or in smaller or larger amounts. Do not suddenly stop taking this medication.

Use this medication twice a day; wash your hands with water and soap before and after applying this medicine. Use only a small amount and gently lather it into your scalp. Avoid using more than 50ml of the medication in a 7 day period.


Do not use Temovate Scalp Lotion (clobetasol propionate)

Do not use this medication if you are allergic to clobetasol propionate or if you are under the age of 12 years old.

Dose adjustment or special precautions may be required

To ensure this medication is safe for you, tell your doctor if you have ever had any type of skin infection, a skin reaction to any steroid medicine, liver disease, diabetes, glaucoma, or an adrenal gland disorder.


Steroid medications can increase the level of sugar in the blood. This is a risk those with diabetes should be aware of.

It is not known if this medication will harm an unborn baby. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan on becoming pregnant.

Breastfeeding may not be safe while using Temovate. You should ask your doctor about the risk if this concerns you.

Children are able to absorb more medicine through the skin than adults can. Children may be more likely to experience side effects.

Using too much of this medication can result in a high risk of adrenal gland problems.

Side Effects

Common side effects of Temovate Scalp Lotion (clobetasol propionate) may include:

Cough, sore throat, or body aches.

The above side effects should not alarm you.

Serious side effects of Temovate Scalp Lotion (clobetasol propionate) may include:

Burning sensation of the skin, dry skin, flushing or redness of the skin, or itching, scaling, severe redness, soreness, or swelling of the skin, or

high blood sugar--increased thirst, increased urination, dry mouth, fruity breath odor.

If you have any of the above side effects or signs of complications, contact your doctor right away.

Please note this is not a complete list of side effects. Not everyone experiences side effects; they are not guaranteed. If you do have side effects and they become unmanageable, consult your doctor about alternate medications.


How long can I use this product for?

You can use this product for up to 4 weeks. After 4 weeks, you should discontinue use.  

What is the dose for an adult with psoriasis?

Apply the medication to the affected area of the scalp twice per day, once in the morning and once at night.

What should I avoid while using this product?

Avoid using products such as bemiparin, macimorelin, nadroparin, and sargramostim. You may only use these medications while being treated with Temovate if your doctor has specifically told you that it is okay to do so.

What else should I be aware of?

Do not cover the scalp (e.g. shower cap, bathing cap) while it is being treated.

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