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A healthcare provider may recommend Cormax for people who have certain skin conditions. This prescription medicine is specifically approved to treat skin conditions such as poison ivy, eczema, and dermatitis, among others. This steroid medicine works by reducing inflammation and suppressing an overactive immune system. Cormax is approved for use in adults and children as young as 12 years old.

What Is Cormax Used For?

Cormax® (clobetasol propionate) is a prescription skin medication. It comes in two different forms: a scalp application (topical solution) and an ointment. The topical solution is meant for use on the scalp, while the ointment is typically used on the body. Both Cormax products are approved to treat inflammation and itching due to a wide variety of conditions. Some of these conditions include but are not limited to:
This medication is recommended for short-term use only (for no more than two weeks in a row). Using too much or using it too long may cause serious side effects (see Cormax Side Effects).

How Does This Medicine Work?

Cormax is part of a group of medications known as glucocorticoids, which are a type of corticosteroid (or "steroid" for short). Although glucocorticoids have numerous effects in the body, they are used mostly for their anti-inflammatory or immune-suppressing properties. Cormax works for most conditions by decreasing inflammation or suppressing an overactive immune system.

Can Children Use Cormax?

This medication is not recommended for use in children younger than 12 years old. It is a highly potent steroid, and young children are more likely to absorb too much of this medication, perhaps leading to serious side effects. If steroid treatment is necessary for a child, a milder, less potent steroid would probably be more appropriate.
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