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Temovate Side Effects Center
Medical Editor: John P. Cunha, DO, FACOEP
Temovate (clobetasol propionate) is a topical (for the skin) steroid used to treat the inflammation and itching caused by a number of skin conditions such as allergic reactions, eczema, and psoriasis. Temovate is available in generic form. Common side effects of Temovate include:
- redness, or
- rash at the application site when first applied to the skin. This should disappear in a few days as your body adjusts to Temovate.
Other side effects of Temovate include:
- dry or cracking skin,
- thinning or softening of your skin,
- skin rash or irritation around your mouth,
- swollen hair follicles,
- temporary hair loss,
- spider veins,
- changes in color of treated skin,
- crusting of treated skin,
- extreme/unwanted hair growth,
- "hair bumps" (folliculitis), or
- stretch marks.
Temovate Cream or Ointment is applied topically (on the skin) to the affected areas twice daily. Treatment should be limited to 2 consecutive weeks and amounts greater than 50 g/week should not be used. Temovate may interact with corticosteroids taken by mouth or drugs that lower the immune system. Tell your doctor about all medications you are taking. During pregnancy, Temovate should be used only when prescribed. It is not known whether this drug passes into breast milk when applied to the skin. Similar medications pass into breast milk when taken by mouth. Consult your doctor before breastfeeding.
Our Temovate (clobetasol propionate) Side Effects Drug Center provides a comprehensive view of available drug information on the potential side effects when taking this medication.
This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
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Temovate in Detail - Patient Information: Side Effects
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 seeing halos around lights;
- mood changes;
- sleep problems (insomnia);
- weight gain, puffiness in your face; or
- muscle weakness, feeling tired.
Less serious side effects may include:
- mild skin rash, itching, burning, or redness;
- dry or cracking skin;
- thinning or softening of your skin;
- skin rash or irritation around your mouth;
- swollen hair follicles;
- temporary hair loss;
- spider veins;
- changes in color of treated skin;
- blisters, pimples, or crusting of treated skin; or
- stretch marks.
This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Tell your doctor about any unusual or bothersome side effect. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
Read the entire detailed patient monograph for Temovate (Clobetasol Propionate Cream and Ointment)
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Temovate Overview - Patient Information: Side Effects
Remember that your doctor has prescribed this medication because he or she has judged that the benefit to you is greater than the risk of side effects. Many people using this medication do not have serious side effects.
Tell your doctor if any of these unlikely but serious side effects occur: stretch marks, skin thinning/discoloration, acne, extreme/unwanted hair growth, "hair bumps" (folliculitis).
Skin infections can become worse when this medication is used. Notify your doctor promptly if redness, swelling, or irritation does not improve.
Rarely, it is possible this medication will be absorbed from the skin into the bloodstream. This can lead to side effects of too much corticosteroid. These side effects are more likely in children, and in people who use this medication for a long time or over large areas of the skin. Tell your doctor right away if any of the following side effects occur: unusual/extreme tiredness, weight loss, headache, swelling ankles/feet, increased thirst/urination, vision problems.
A very serious allergic reaction to this drug is rare. However, seek immediate medical attention if you notice any symptoms of a serious allergic reaction, including: rash, itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat), severe dizziness, trouble breathing.
This is not a complete list of possible side effects. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.
In the US -
Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
In Canada - Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to Health Canada at 1-866-234-2345.
Read the entire patient information overview for Temovate (Clobetasol Propionate Cream and Ointment)
What is Prescribing information?
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Temovate FDA Prescribing Information: Side Effects
In controlled clinical trials, the most frequent adverse reactions reported for TEMOVATE® Cream were burning and stinging sensation in 1% of treated patients. Less frequent adverse reactions were itching, skin atrophy, and cracking and fissuring of the skin.
In controlled clinical trials, the most frequent adverse events reported for TEMOVATE® Ointment were burning sensation, irritation, and itching in 0.5% of treated patients. Less frequent adverse reactions were stinging, cracking, erythema, folliculitis, numbness of fingers, skin atrophy, and telangiectasia.
Cushing syndrome has been reported in infants and adults as a result of prolonged use of topical clobetasol propionate formulations.
The following additional local adverse reactions have been reported with topical corticosteroids, and they may occur more frequently with the use of occlusive dressings and higher potency corticosteroids. These reactions are listed in an approximately decreasing order of occurrence: dryness, acneiform eruptions, hypopigmentation, perioral dermatitis, allergic contact dermatitis, secondary infection, irritation, striae, and miliaria.
Read the entire FDA prescribing information for Temovate (Clobetasol Propionate Cream and Ointment)
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