Before you begin using a medication, be sure to inform your doctor of any medical conditions or allergies you may have, any medications you are taking, whether you are pregnant or breast-feeding, and any other significant facts about your health. These factors may affect how you should use this medication.
Absorption: When this medication is used over extensive areas for prolonged periods and under dressings or diapers that don't breathe, it is possible that enough medication will absorb into the bloodstream to give rise to unwanted side effects.
Do not apply this cream to the groin area, genitals, under the arms, between the toes, or on the face or scalp unless recommended by your doctor. The skin covering these areas may permit the medication to be absorbed more easily.
Use this medication for no longer than 7 days and stop using it as soon as the problem clears. No more than 15 g of the cream should be used in one week. It is not recommended to use this medication under anything that doesn't breathe (e.g., dressings, plasters, gloves, cling film, diapers).
Adverse effects: Although adverse effects associated with the use of this medication are uncommon and not to be expected from ordinary use, sensitization, irritation, and failure of therapeutic response have been noticed in rare instances.
Eyes: As corticosteroids are known to cause glaucoma and cataracts, take care to ensure that this medication does not get in your eyes. If you accidentally get some of this medication in your eye, rinse your eye thoroughly with plenty of water.
Infection: Topical corticosteroids may increase the risk of developing a skin infection. Contact your doctor if you notice any increased redness, swelling, heat, or pain around the area where the medication is applied as these are possible signs of infection.
Do not apply this cream to broken or infected areas. This cream does not cure infections caused by bacteria, yeast, viruses, or fungi. Therefore, this medication will not help skin lesions such as cold sores and will not help herpes skin lesions, chicken pox, acne, rosacea, impetigo, ringworm, athlete's foot, or thrush.
Skin conditions: If you have skin conditions associated with reduced circulation (blood flow) such as stasis dermatitis, discuss with your doctor how this medication may affect your medical condition, how your medical condition may affect the dosing and effectiveness of this medication, and whether any special monitoring is needed.
Also, the safety and effectiveness of using this medication for psoriasis have not been established.
Thinning of skin: The use of topical corticosteroid medications for a long period of time can cause skin to thin or soften or cause stretch marks. Your doctor may recommend you stop using this medication once in a while or to apply to one area of the body at a time. If you notice changes to the skin to which you are applying this cream, contact your doctor.
Pregnancy: This medication should not be used during pregnancy unless the benefits outweigh the risks. If you become pregnant while taking this medication, contact your doctor immediately.
Breast-feeding: It is not known if clobetasone butyrate passes into breast milk. If you are a breast-feeding mother and are taking this medication, it may affect your baby. Talk to your doctor about whether you should continue breast-feeding.
Children: Do not use this medication for children under 12 years of age unless recommended by a doctor. Children are more likely to have side effects caused by this medication being absorbed through the skin. Do not put dressings, bandages, or diapers that do not breathe on top of this cream.