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Temovate (generically known as clobetasol propionate) Ointment is a topical medication used to treat inflammation and itching caused by certain skin conditions such as psoriasis and dermatitis. It can be used to treat various skin conditions such as eczema, allergies, and rash.
Temovate contains the active ingredient clobetasol propionate, which is a super-high-potency corticosteroid. It works by suppressing the immune system's inflammatory response, thereby reducing inflammation, swelling, and itching. When applied to the affected area, the medication is absorbed into the skin, where it binds to glucocorticoid receptors and triggers anti-inflammatory mechanisms to halt various processes that cause skin irritation and discomfort.
Use and Dosage
Temovate Ointment should be used on the skin only and should not be used on the face, groin, or underarms unless directed by a healthcare professional. The medication should be applied thinly and evenly to the affected area and gently rubbed in.
The duration of treatment and the frequency of application will depend on the specific skin condition being treated and should be determined by a healthcare professional.
Here are the general steps to use Temovate Ointment as directed by your healthcare provider:
- Wash and dry your hands before using.
- Clean the affected area with mild soap and water. Rinse thoroughly and pat dry.
- Take a small amount of the ointment (about the size of a pea) and apply a thin layer to the affected area.
- Gently rub the ointment into the skin until it disappears. Do not use it on the face, groin, or underarms unless directed to do so by your doctor.
- Wash your hands after applying the ointment unless you are treating your hands.
- Use Temovate Ointment exactly as prescribed by your healthcare provider, typically 2 times a day or as needed.
Do not cover the treated area with a bandage or dressing unless directed by a healthcare professional. Follow the instructions of a healthcare professional when using Temovate Ointment to minimize the risk of side effects and to ensure that the medication is used appropriately.
Common Side Effects of Temovate Ointment (Clobetasol Propionate):
- Burning itching swelling or irritation of treated skin
- Dry or cracking skin
- Rash or hives
- Redness or crusting around your hair follicles
- Spider veins
- Stretch marks
- Temporary hair loss
- Thinning skin
Serious Side Effects of Temovate Ointment (Clobetasol Propionate):
- Blurred vision
- Dry mouth
- Eye pain
- Fruity breath odor
- Increased body hair
- Increased thirst
- Menstrual changes
- Mood changes
- Redness warmth swelling oozing or severe irritation of any treated skin
- Seeing halos around lights
- Sexual changes
- Skin discoloration
- Slow wound healing
- Thinning skin
- Tunnel vision
- Weight gain in your face and shoulders
- Worsening of your skin condition
Forms and Strength
Temovate Ointment (Clobetasol Propionate) is available in the following forms and strength:
Temovate Ointment: Ointment
- Chronic topical corticosteroid therapy may interfere with growth and development in children.
- Prolonged use may cause the skin to thin, form stretch marks, or produce folliculitis (inflamed hair follicles).
- Long-term use may also increase the risk of developing skin infections, acne, rosacea, perioral dermatitis, and other skin conditions.
- The medication may cause skin irritation or allergic reactions, which can be severe in some cases.
- Use caution when applying near the eyes or on sensitive areas such as the face, groin, or axillae.
- Topical corticosteroids can be absorbed into the bloodstream, especially if applied over a large area of skin or for a prolonged period and may cause systemic side effects such as adrenal suppression, Cushing's syndrome, or glucosuria (sugar in the urine).
- Do not use Temovate Ointment for longer than prescribed by your doctor.
- Do not use Temovate Ointment on open wounds or infected skin.
- Avoid getting the medication in your eyes or mouth. If contact occurs, rinse with water.
- Avoid exposure to sunlight or artificial UV rays while using Temovate Ointment, as it may increase the risk of sunburn or skin damage.
- Talk to your doctor if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, as the safety of Temovate Ointment during pregnancy and lactation has not been established.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Can Temovate Ointment be used during pregnancy or while breastfeeding?
The safety of Temovate Ointment during pregnancy and lactation has not been established. Talk to your doctor if you are pregnant or breastfeeding before using Temovate Ointment.
Can Temovate Ointment be used on the face?
Temovate Ointment is not recommended for use on the face, as the skin on the face is thinner and more sensitive than other areas of the body. If you need to use a topical corticosteroid on the face, talk to your healthcare provider first.
How long does it take Temovate Ointment to work?
The length of time it takes for Temovate Ointment to work depends on the individual and the severity of the condition being treated. It may take several days or weeks to see an improvement in symptoms.
Can Temovate Ointment be used on children?
Do not use Temovate Ointment in children under 12 years of age, except under the close supervision of a healthcare provider.
It's important to purchase Temovate Ointment from verified Canadian pharmacy.