Clobex

(clobetasol)

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Helps with inflamed and itchy skin.

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Clobex (clobetasol) is a very strong topical medication that is effective for treating certain skin disorders and psoriasis, but it's expensive and should only be used for a maximum of 2 weeks at a time.

Quick facts about clobetasol
  • Drug class: Dermatologic
  • Rx status: Prescription only
  • Generic status: Lower-cost generic available (clobetasol)
Prices and discounts
Lowest price for 1 60g-of-0.05%25 tube-of-ointments
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$49.00

Upsides

  • Clobex (clobetasol) is the strongest topical steroid medicine available in the U.S. and is effective for treating skin inflammation and psoriasis.
  • Clobex (clobetasol) comes in many different forms that makes it easy to use on various parts of the body.
  • If Clobex (clobetasol) is applied sparingly and not used for more than 2 weeks at a time, there are fewer side effects compared to the oral version.
  • Pregnant women can use Clobex (clobetasol) if approved by their doctor.

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Downsides

  • Using Clobex (clobetasol) for more than 2 weeks at a time can cause side effects such as skin thinning and raised blood sugar.
  • Clobex (clobetasol) is expensive and not covered by many insurance programs.
  • Clobex (clobetasol) is not safe for use on areas of the face, underarms or groin.
  • Not safe for children 12 years and younger.

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Lowest price for 1 60g-of-0.05%25 tube-of-ointments
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How it works

Clobex (clobetasol) is a topical corticosteroid. It helps treat skin disorders by reducing inflammation, redness, and itchiness.

Quick facts about clobetasol
  • Drug class: Dermatologic
  • Rx status: Prescription only
  • Generic status: Lower-cost generic available (clobetasol)

Dosage forms

  • Cream
  • Foam
  • Gel
  • Liquid
  • Lotion
  • Shampoo
  • Solution
  • Emollient cream
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What to expect when you take Clobex (clobetasol) for Psoriasis

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Risks and Warnings for Clobex (clobetasol)

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    • Higher risk if:
    • Open sores

    Clobex (clobetasol) may cause skin irritation so if your condition does not improve or gets worse after application, stop using it and talk to your doctor. Clobex (clobetasol) can also increase the chances of getting a skin infection where it was applied, especially if you have open wounds. If your skin condition worsens or you notice reddening, pain, fever, or pus, contact your doctor.