Temovate Warnings and Precautions

Before beginning treatment with Temovate, your healthcare provider will need to know if you have any allergies or are taking any other medications. Other safety precautions with Temovate include warnings of potentially serious complications that may occur with long-term use of this drug. For example, using this medicine for extended periods may lead to diabetes or Cushing's syndrome.

What Should I Tell My Healthcare Provider?

You should talk with your healthcare provider prior to using Temovate® (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.

Some Precautions and Warnings With Temovate

Some warnings and precautions to be aware of before using this medicine include the following:
  • Temovate is a highly potent steroid. It is essential to follow your healthcare provider's dosing instructions carefully, as overuse of this drug can lead to serious side effects.
  • Do not apply Temovate to the face, groin, or underarms.
  • This medication is a steroid and can cause serious 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 Temovate. The more you apply and the longer you use the drug, the more likely these problems are to occur. Covering the medicine with a dressing, which is not usually recommended, may also increase the risk.
  • Temovate should not be used for more than two to four weeks at a time, depending on the severity of your condition and the particular form being used. 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, 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 arms and legs)
    • High blood sugar levels.
  • Temovate can suppress the body's ability to make natural steroids. This typically happens when large doses are used over a long period. In such circumstances, Temovate 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, Temovate 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.
  • This medication can suppress the immune system, perhaps leading to infections or other problems.
  • This product 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 Temovate passes through breast milk. Therefore, if you are breastfeeding or plan to start, discuss this with your healthcare provider prior to beginning treatment (see Temovate and Breastfeeding).

Temovate Medication Information

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