Compare clobetasol vs. Kenalog

Head-to-head comparisons of medication uses, side effects, ratings, and more.

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Clobex (clobetasol)

Prescription only

Kenalog (triamcinolone)

Prescription only
Helps with inflamed and itchy skin.

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.

Treats inflamed and itchy skin as well as mouth lesions.

Kenalog (triamcinolone) effectively treats certain skin inflammation disorders, but should only use for a maximum of 2 weeks at a time.

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.
  • Kenalog (triamcinolone) is a cheap topical medicine good for treating skin disorders that cause redness and itching.
  • The medicine comes in both medium and high potency options.
  • Compared to oral alternatives, this medication has less side effects only if it is applied sparingly and not used for more than 2 weeks.
  • All forms of Kenalog (triamcinolone), except for the oral paste, are safe to use in children.
  • Pregnant women can use the medicine if approved by the doctor.
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.
  • This medication is for short-term use only, no longer than 2 weeks at a time, otherwise it may lead to complications such as skin thinning and raised blood sugar.
  • Only use Kenalog (triamcinolone) in small amounts for the shortest time to control your symptoms and avoid unwanted side effects.
  • Kenalog (triamcinolone) is not as strong as its alternatives so it may not be as effective for more severe forms of psoriasis or chronic inflammation disorders.
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Dosage forms
  • Cream
  • Foam
  • Gel
  • Liquid
  • Lotion
  • Shampoo
  • Solution
  • Emollient cream
  • Spray
  • Cream
  • Kit
  • Lotion
  • Ointment
  • Dental paste
Price
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Side effects
The Clobex (clobetasol) FDA package insert doesn’t have numbers about how common side effects are.
The Kenalog (triamcinolone) FDA package insert doesn’t have numbers about how common side effects are.
Risks and risk factors
  • Skin irritation and skin infection
    • Open sores
  • Skin thinning
    • People age 65 and older
  • Raised blood sugar
    • Using Clobex (clobetasol) for more than 2 weeks
    • Using Clobex (clobetasol) over large areas of skin
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  • Skin irritation
  • Raised blood sugar
    • Using Kenalog (triamcinolone) for more than 2 weeks
    • Using Kenalog (triamcinolone) over large areas of skin
See more detailed risks and warnings