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(clobetasol propionate) Foam, 0.05%
For Dermatologic Use Only
Not for Ophthalmic Use
OLUX Foam contains clobetasol propionate, USP, a synthetic corticosteroid, for topical dermatologic use. Clobetasol, an analog of prednisolone, has a high degree of glucocorticoid activity and a slight degree of mineralocorticoid activity.
Clobetasol propionate is pregna-1,4-diene-3,20-dione, 21-chloro-9-fluoro-11- hydroxy-16-methyl-17-(1-oxopropoxy)-, (11β,16β)-, with the empirical formula C25H32CIFO5, a molecular weight of 466.97. The following is the chemical structure:
Clobetasol propionate is a white or almost white, odorless, crystalline powder and is insoluble in water.
OLUX® (clobetasol propionate) Foam, 0.05%, contains 0.5 mg clobetasol propionate, USP, per gram in a thermolabile hydroethanolic foam vehicle consisting of cetyl alcohol, citric acid, ethanol (60%), polysorbate 60, potassium citrate, propylene glycol, purified water, and stearyl alcohol pressurized with a hydrocarbon (propane/butane) propellant.
What are the possible side effects of clobetasol topical?
Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.
Although the risk of serious side effects is low when clobetasol topical is applied to the skin, you should be aware of side effects that can occur if the medication is absorbed into your bloodstream.
Stop using this medication and call your doctor at once if you have severe irritation of any treated skin, or if you show signs of absorbing clobetasol topical through your skin, such as:
- blurred vision, or...
What are the precautions when taking clobetasol propionate (Olux)?
Before using clobetasol, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to it; or to any other steroids (e.g., hydrocortisone, dexamethasone); or if you have any other allergies. This product may contain inactive ingredients, which can cause allergic reactions or other problems. Talk to your pharmacist for more details.
Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist your medical history, especially of: poor blood circulation, diabetes, other skin/scalp conditions (e.g., rosacea, perioral dermatitis), immune system problems.
Do not use if there is an infection or sore in the area to be treated.
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....
Last reviewed on RxList: 5/23/2008
This monograph has been modified to include the generic and brand name in many instances.
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