Clobex Shampoo

PATIENT INFORMATION

For External Use Only

Not for Ophthalmic (Eye) Use

CLOBEX®
(clobetasol propionate) Shampoo, 0.05%

Read the Patient Information that comes with CLOBEX® Shampoo (clobetasol propionate shampoo) before you start using it and each time you get a refill. There may be new information. This leaflet does not take the place of talking with your doctor about your medical condition or your treatment.

What is the most important information I should know about CLOBEX® Shampoo (clobetasol propionate shampoo) ?

What is CLOBEX® Shampoo (clobetasol propionate shampoo) ?

CLOBEX® Shampoo is a medicine called a topical (skin use only) corticosteroid. It is used for a short time to treat forms of scalp psoriasis. CLOBEX® Shampoo (clobetasol propionate shampoo) is a super-high potent (very strong) topical corticosteroid. It is very important that you use CLOBEX® Shampoo (clobetasol propionate shampoo) only as directed in order to avoid serious side effects.

Who should not use CLOBEX® Shampoo (clobetasol propionate shampoo) ?

Do not use CLOBEX® Shampoo (clobetasol propionate shampoo) if you are allergic to any of its ingredients, or to any other corticosteroid. The active ingredient is clobetasol propionate. See the end of this leaflet for a complete list of ingredients in CLOBEX® Shampoo (clobetasol propionate shampoo) . Ask your doctor or pharmacist if you need a list of other corticosteroids.

CLOBEX® Shampoo (clobetasol propionate shampoo) is not recommended for use by patients under 18 years of age. Children have smaller body sizes and have a higher chance of side effects.

What should I tell my doctor before using CLOBEX® Shampoo (clobetasol propionate shampoo) ?

Tell your doctor:

  • if you are pregnant, think you are pregnant, plan to be pregnant. Talk with your doctor before using CLOBEX® Shampoo (clobetasol propionate shampoo) or if you are already using CLOBEX® Shampoo (clobetasol propionate shampoo) . It is not known if CLOBEX® Shampoo (clobetasol propionate shampoo) can harm your unborn baby.
  • if you are breastfeeding. It is not known if CLOBEX® Shampoo (clobetasol propionate shampoo) passes into your milk, and if it can harm your baby.
  • if you think you have an infection on your scalp. You may need another medicine to treat the scalp infection before you use CLOBEX® Shampoo (clobetasol propionate shampoo) .

Tell your doctor about all the other medicines and skin products you use, including prescription and non-prescription medicines, vitamins, herbal supplements, and cosmetics. Some medicines and products can cause serious side effects if used while you are using CLOBEX® Shampoo (clobetasol propionate shampoo) .

How should I use CLOBEX® Shampoo (clobetasol propionate shampoo) ?

  • Use CLOBEX® Shampoo (clobetasol propionate shampoo) exactly as prescribed by your doctor. CLOBEX® Shampoo is for use on your scalp only.
  • Apply CLOBEX® Shampoo (clobetasol propionate shampoo) on affected areas of the scalp once a day. Use only enough to cover the affected areas of your scalp. Do not use CLOBEX® Shampoo on your face, groin, armpits, lips, or in your eyes.
  • Do not wet your hair before using CLOBEX® Shampoo (clobetasol propionate shampoo) . Move the hair away from the scalp so that one of the affected areas is exposed. Apply a small amount of the shampoo directly onto the affected area by gently squeezing the bottle. Gently, rub CLOBEX® Shampoo (clobetasol propionate shampoo) into the affected area. Repeat for other affected areas on your scalp.
  • Do not cover your head with a shower cap or bathing cap while CLOBEX® Shampoo is on your scalp.
  • Leave CLOBEX® Shampoo (clobetasol propionate shampoo) in place for 15 minutes before adding water, lathering and rinsing hair and scalp completely. No other shampoos are necessary. However, you can use a non-medicated shampoo on your hair after using CLOBEX® Shampoo if you want to.
  • Wash your hands after applying CLOBEX® Shampoo (clobetasol propionate shampoo) . Wash any other part of your body that came into contact with CLOBEX® Shampoo (clobetasol propionate shampoo) such as your neck and shoulders.
  • If you forget to apply CLOBEX® Shampoo (clobetasol propionate shampoo) at the scheduled time, use it as soon as you remember. Then go back to your regular schedule. If it is about time for your next dose, apply just that 1 dose, and continue with your regular schedule. Do not make up the missed dose. If you miss several doses, tell your doctor.
  • Do not use more than 50 grams (50 mL or 1.75 fluid ounces) of CLOBEX® Shampoo per week.

What should I avoid while using CLOBEX® Shampoo (clobetasol propionate shampoo) ?

Do not do the following while using CLOBEX® Shampoo (clobetasol propionate shampoo) :

  • Do not get CLOBEX® Shampoo (clobetasol propionate shampoo) on your lips or in or near your eyes because this might cause side effects. If you do, use a lot of water to rinse the CLOBEX® Shampoo (clobetasol propionate shampoo) off your face, lips, or out of your eyes. If your eyes keep stinging after rinsing them well with water, contact your doctor right away.
  • Do not apply CLOBEX® Shampoo (clobetasol propionate shampoo) to your face, groin or armpits.
  • Do not get CLOBEX® Shampoo (clobetasol propionate shampoo) in your mouth. If you or a child accidentally swallows CLOBEX® Shampoo (clobetasol propionate shampoo) , call your Poison Control center or local emergency room right away.
  • Do not cover your head with a shower or bathing cap while CLOBEX® Shampoo is on your scalp.
  • Do not use CLOBEX® Shampoo (clobetasol propionate shampoo) any longer than 4 weeks (28 days) for moderate to severe scalp psoriasis.
  • Do not use more than 50 mL (1.75 fluid ounces) of CLOBEX® Shampoo (clobetasol propionate shampoo) per week.

What should I do if I miss an application of CLOBEX® Shampoo (clobetasol propionate shampoo) ?

If you forget to apply CLOBEX® Shampoo (clobetasol propionate shampoo) at the scheduled time, use it as soon as you remember, and then go back to your regular schedule. If you remember at the time of your next application, apply only one dose and continue with your regular schedule. If you miss several doses, tell your doctor.

What are the possible side effects of CLOBEX® Shampoo (clobetasol propionate shampoo) ?

CLOBEX® Shampoo (clobetasol propionate shampoo) can pass through your skin. Too much CLOBEX® Shampoo (clobetasol propionate shampoo) passing through your skin can shut down your adrenal glands. This may happen if you use too much CLOBEX® Shampoo (clobetasol propionate shampoo) or if you use it for too long, but it can happen with correct use. If your adrenal glands shut down, they may not start working right away after you stop using CLOBEX® Shampoo (clobetasol propionate shampoo) . Shutting down of the adrenal glands can cause nausea, vomiting, fever, low blood pressure, heart attack and even death because your body cannot adequately respond to stress or illness.

Your doctor may do special blood and urine tests to check your adrenal gland function while you are using CLOBEX® Shampoo (clobetasol propionate shampoo) . The most common side effects with CLOBEX® Shampoo (clobetasol propionate shampoo) include burning or itching at the site of application. Other possible side effects include thinning of the skin and widening of small blood vessels in the skin.

If you go to another doctor for illness, injury or surgery, tell that doctor that you are using CLOBEX® Shampoo (clobetasol propionate shampoo) .

Tell your doctor if you:

  • are going to have surgery
  • get sick or don't feel right. Call your doctor right away.
  • have irritation of the treated skin area that does not go away
  • have any unusual effects that you do not understand
  • have affected areas that do not seem to be healing after 4 weeks of using CLOBEX® Shampoo (clobetasol propionate shampoo) .

These are not all the possible side effects of CLOBEX® Shampoo (clobetasol propionate shampoo) . For more information, ask your doctor or pharmacist.

How should I store CLOBEX® Shampoo (clobetasol propionate shampoo) ?

  • Store CLOBEX® Shampoo (clobetasol propionate shampoo) at room temperature between 68°F to 77°F (20°C - 25°C).
  • Keep the bottle tightly closed at all times.
  • Do not use CLOBEX® Shampoo (clobetasol propionate shampoo) after the expiration date shown on bottle.
  • Keep CLOBEX® Shampoo (clobetasol propionate shampoo) and all medicines out of the reach of children.

General information about CLOBEX® Shampoo (clobetasol propionate shampoo)

Medicines are sometimes prescribed for conditions that are not mentioned in patient information leaflets. Do not use CLOBEX® Shampoo (clobetasol propionate shampoo) for a condition for which it was not prescribed. Do not give CLOBEX® Shampoo (clobetasol propionate shampoo) to other people, even if they have the same symptoms you have. It may harm them. This leaflet summarizes the most important information about CLOBEX® Shampoo (clobetasol propionate shampoo) . If you would like more information, talk with your doctor. You can ask your pharmacist or doctor for information about CLOBEX® Shampoo (clobetasol propionate shampoo) that is written for health professionals.

What are the ingredients in CLOBEX® Shampoo?

Active ingredient: clobetasol propionate

Excipients (shampoo base): alcohol, citric acid, coco-betaine, polyquaternium-10, purified water, sodium citrate and sodium laureth sulfate.

Last reviewed on RxList: 12/1/2008
This monograph has been modified to include the generic and brand name in many instances.

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