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If you have certain allergies or are taking certain medications, you may not be able to safely use Cormax. Other precautions and warnings with this drug apply to women who are pregnant or breastfeeding. Also, it is important to follow your healthcare provider's dosing instructions carefully, as using too much of this drug for long periods of time can cause problems like Cushing's syndrome or diabetes.

What Should I Tell My Healthcare Provider?

You should talk with your healthcare provider prior to using Cormax® (clobetasol propionate) if you:
  • Are pregnant or thinking of becoming pregnant
  • Are breastfeeding
  • Have any allergies, including to foods, dyes, or preservatives.
You should also tell your healthcare provider about all other medications you are taking, including prescription and nonprescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.

Specific Precautions and Warnings With Cormax

Some warnings and precautions to be aware of before using this medicine include:
  • Cormax is a highly potent steroid. It is essential to follow your healthcare provider's dosing instructions carefully. Overuse can lead to serious side effects.
  • Do not apply Cormax to the face, underarms, or groin area.
  • Cormax is a steroid and can cause serious steroid side effects, such as Cushing's syndrome or diabetes. Although this is more likely to occur with oral or injectable steroids, it is still possible with topical steroids, including Cormax. The more you apply and the longer you use the drug, the more likely these problems are to occur. Covering the medication with a dressing (which is not recommended) may also increase this risk.
  • It is not recommended to use Cormax for more than two weeks at a time (depending on the severity of your condition and the particular form of Cormax). Although the drug is quite effective, it should not be used on a long-term basis.
  • If you use this medication for an extended period of time, it may lead to Cushing's syndrome (a group of symptoms caused by prolonged exposure to steroids). Contact your healthcare provider if you develop signs of this condition, such as:
    • A rounded face
    • Unusual body fat distribution (more fat in the trunk, face, and neck, and less fat in the extremities)
    • High blood sugar levels.
  • Cormax can suppress the body's ability to make natural steroids. This typically happens when large doses are used over a long period of time. In such circumstances, Cormax should be stopped gradually, to give your body a chance to begin making its own natural steroids again. If this is not feasible, you might need to take an oral steroid for a while (after which you will slowly be weaned off the oral steroid).
  • Like all steroids, Cormax may slow down the growth rate of children and teenagers. Contact your child's healthcare provider if you are concerned about a slow growth rate in your child. In general, children may be more susceptible to the side effects of steroids. Close monitoring is necessary for any child receiving long-term steroids.
  • Cormax can suppress the immune system, perhaps leading to infections or other problems.
  • Cormax is a pregnancy Category C medication. This means that it may not be safe for use during pregnancy, although the full risks are currently unknown (see Temovate and Pregnancy).
  • It is unknown if Cormax passes through breast milk. Therefore, if you are breastfeeding or plan to start, discuss this with your healthcare provider prior to using the drug (see Temovate and Breastfeeding).
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