Cormax Ointment

Medical Editor: John P. Cunha, DO, FACOEP Last updated on RxList: 1/25/2022
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What Is Cormax Ointment?

Cormax (clobetasol propionate) Ointment is a synthetic corticosteroid indicated for short-term treatment of inflammatory and pruritic (itching) manifestations. Cormax Ointment should not be used in the treatment of rosacea, perioral dermatitis, acne, or as sole therapy in widespread plaque psoriasis.Cormax is available as a generic named clobetasol propionate.

What Are Side Effects of Cormax Ointment?

Common side effects of Cormax Ointment include local reactions such as:

  • burning sensations,
  • irritation,
  • redness,
  • skin rash, and
  • itching.

Other side effects of Cormax Ointment include dry or cracking skin, thinning or softening of your skin, rash or irritation around your mouth, swollen hair follicles, temporary hair loss, spider veins, changes in color of treated skin, blisters, pimples, crusting of treated skin, or stretch marks.

Dosage for Cormax Ointment

Cormax is available in a single strength of 0.05% in 15 and 45 g tubes of ointment.

What Drugs, Substances, or Supplements Interact with Cormax Ointment?

Cormax Ointment is potent; therefore, treatment must be limited to two consecutive weeks, and amounts greater than 50 g per week should not be used. A thin layer of Cormax Ointment should be applied with gentle rubbing to the affected skin area twice daily, once in the morning and once at night. Occlusive dressings should not be used. No drug interactions have been reported.

Cormax Ointment During Pregnancy or Breastfeeding

Systemically administered corticosteroids are secreted into breast milk in quantities not likely to have a deleterious effect on the infant. Nevertheless, caution should be exercised when topical corticosteroids are prescribed for a nursing woman. There are no adequate and well-controlled studies of the effects of Cormax Ointment on pregnant women. Cormax Ointment should be used during pregnancy only if the potential benefit justifies the potential risk to the fetus, and should not be used extensively on pregnant patients, in large amounts, or for prolonged periods of time. Cormax should not be used in pediatric patients under 12 years old.

Additional Information

Our Cormax Ointment 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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Get emergency medical help if you have signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficult breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

Call your doctor at once if you have:

  • worsening of your skin condition;
  • redness, warmth, swelling, oozing, or severe irritation of any treated skin;
  • blurred vision, tunnel vision, eye pain, or seeing halos around lights;
  • high blood sugar--increased thirst, increased urination, dry mouth, fruity breath odor; or
  • possible signs of absorbing this medicine through your skin--weight gain in your face and shoulders, slow wound healing, skin discoloration, thinning skin, increased body hair, tiredness, mood changes, menstrual changes, sexual changes.

Common side effects may include:

  • burning, itching, swelling, or irritation of treated skin;
  • dry or cracking skin;
  • redness or crusting around your hair follicles;
  • spider veins;
  • stretch marks, thinning skin;
  • rash or hives;
  • acne; or
  • temporary hair loss.

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.

Read the entire detailed patient monograph for Cormax Ointment (Clobetasol Propionate Ointment)


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Cormax Ointment is generally well tolerated when used for two-week treatment periods. The most frequent adverse reactions reported for clobetasol propionate ointment have been local and have included burning sensation, irritation, and itching. These occured in approximately 0.5% of the patients. Less frequent adverse reactions were stinging, cracking, erythema, folliculitis, numbness of fingers, skin atrophy, and telangiectasia, which occurred in approximately 0.3% of the patients.

The following local adverse reactions are reported infrequently when topical corticosteroids are used as recommended. These reactions are listed in an approximately decreasing order of occurrence: burning, itching, irritation, dryness, folliculitis, hypertrichosis, acneiform eruptions, hypopigmentation, perioral dermatitis, allergic contact dermatitis, maceration of the skin, secondary infection, skin atrophy, striae, and miliaria. Systemic absorption of topical corticosteroids has produced reversible HPA axis suppression, manifestations of Cushing's syndrome, hyperglycemia, and glucosuria in some patients. In rare instances, treatment (or withdrawal of treatment) of psoriasis with corticosteroids is thought to have exacerbated the disease or provoked the pustular form of the disease, so careful patient supervision is recommended.

Read the entire FDA prescribing information for Cormax Ointment (Clobetasol Propionate Ointment)

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