Knowing more about psoriasis
can help you focus on controlling it
If you have psoriasis, you’re not alone. Up to 7.5 million Americans are living with it every day.
Plaque psoriasis is the most common form. It’s characterized by raised patches of red skin, covered by white flaky buildup of dead skin. It can appear anywhere on the body, but most commonly is found on the knees, elbows, torso, and scalp. In fact, half of all people with psoriasis have it on their scalp.
Quality of life can be negatively impacted.
Many patients have feelings of helplessness, anger, frustration, depression, low self-esteem, embarrassment, and self-consciousness — often leading patients to miss out on life’s little pleasures like going to the beach, wearing shorts, or putting their hair up.
Psoriasis can also affect daily life, making it difficult for patients to do normal activities such as sleep, walk, use their hands, and even sit or stand for long periods of time. And studies have shown that people with psoriasis miss more than 55 million hours of work every year. The National Psoriasis Foundation continues to survey patients and they have found that of those who participated in the survey, 74% who reported missing work in the last month did so in order to receive treatment.
But there is hope.
While psoriasis is not contagious, it is a chronic condition for which there is no cure yet. However, it’s manageable and controllable. The key is finding the right treatment for you and your lifestyle.
Find out how Clobex® (clobetasol propionate) Spray, 0.05%, can work for you.
To better understand important psoriasis terms and definitions, please refer to the glossary below.
Clobetasol Generic name for a steroid medication often used to treat psoriasis and other skin conditions like eczema, atopic dermatitis, etc.
Clobex® Brand name for steroid medication clobetasol propionate 0.05%, an FDA-approved treatment for moderate to severe plaque psoriasis.
Dermatoses General term for any skin abnormality or the appearance of lesions on the skin.
Erythema Skin redness and inflammation.
Nasopharyngitis Inflammation of the nose and pharynx.
plaque psoriasis The most common type of psoriasis, a disorder in which skin grows and replaces itself too rapidly, causing a buildup of red, thickened areas (plaques) covered with silvery scales.
Pruritus Localized or generalized itching due to irritation of sensory nerve endings.
Scale A layer of dry skin that appears to be peeling in large flakes. When caused by psoriasis, it is the result of dead skin cells piling up on the skin's surface.
A potent spray formula
delivers a powerful, focused
Have you been avoiding some of life’s little pleasures — like going to the beach, wearing shorts, or even putting up your hair — because you’re embarrassed or self-conscious about your moderate to severe plaque psoriasis? Maybe it's time you looked at Clobex® (clobetasol propionate) Spray, 0.05%, with its easy-to-use, innovative spray nozzle delivery system to target your problem area. Learn how to use Clobex® Spray.
Clobex® Spray offers effective relief for the itching, flaking, and scaling of moderate to severe plaque psoriasis. Its potent formulation helps slow down the overactive immune response that causes these symptoms. Plus, it shrinks the skin’s blood vessels, helping to soothe the redness that’s often seen with psoriasis.
Proven powerful relief.
Clobex® Spray is a topical corticosteroid used to treat moderate to severe plaque psoriasis in people 18 years of age or older for up to 4 weeks.
Clobex® Spray was studied in 5 different clinical trials, on more than 2000 patients. In one trial, Clobex® Spray was proven effective in treating body plaque psoriasis. In a study of 2488 patients, 80% were clear or almost clear in 4 weeks. See the results for yourself.
Clobex® Spray has also been proven effective in treating scalp plaque psoriasis. In a study of 81 patients with scalp psoriasis, 85% were clear or almost clear in 4 weeks. See the results for yourself.
Find out from your dermatologist if Clobex® Spray is right for you. Don’t have a dermatologist? Find one in your area.
The most commonly reported side effects were burning, itching, inflammation of the nose and pharynx, and upper respiratory tract infection.
Focus on results
See for yourself. Below are pictures of patients before treating their body plaque psoriasis or scalp plaque psoriasis with Clobex® (clobetasol propionate) Spray, 0.05%, and at 2 and/or 4 weeks of therapy. Individual results may vary.
Plaque Psoriasis on the Elbow
In a body plaque psoriasis study, 30% more patients were clear or almost clear with Clobex® Spray, 0.05%, than with a leading topical ointment.
From a 4-week, randomized study comparing efficacy, safety, quality of life, and patient satisfaction with Clobex® Spray twice a day vs Taclonex® Ointment once a day in patients with moderate to severe plaque psoriasis. Dosing was according to approved labeling for each product.
- The treatments showed similar disease improvement when measured by researchers using the Investigator Global Assessment (IGA) of the affected body surface area. IGA success rates were defined as mild and clear.
Both treatments were generally well tolerated, with more patients reporting mild stinging/burning with Clobex® Spray.
Plaque Psoriasis on the Scalp
In a scalp plaque psoriasis study, 85% of patients were clear or almost clear at week 4 (end of treatment).
A 4-week, multicenter, randomized, double-blinded, vehicle-controlled study assessing the treatment of moderate to severe plaque psoriasis of the scalp with Clobex® Spray or vehicle spray.
81 patients participated in the study.
Treatment-related adverse events reported with use of Clobex® Spray on the scalp included moderate burning sensation and alopecia.
Sofen MD, et al. J Drugs Dermatol. 2011;10(8):885-892.
Plaque Psoriasis on the Back
In a plaque psoriasis study, 80% of patients were clear or almost clear at 4 weeks.
From a 4-week, open-label, multicenter study evaluating efficacy (1985 patients) and safety (2342 patients) of Clobex® Spray as monotherapy or add-on therapy.
Koo YM. Cutis. 2007;80(suppl 5):4-11.
Focus on what patients had to say
More than 1500 patients who have used Clobex® (clobetasol propionate) Spray, 0.05%, participated in a survey. These patient survey results are reported in the VOICES Program.* See for yourself what they said about their experience. Individual results may vary.
- Patients had a 54% increase in confidence in their appearance
- After 2 weeks of treatment, patients rated their satisfaction with Clobex® Spray as an average of 7.8 out of 9.0 for psoriasis of the body (368 patients were surveyed)
- After 2 weeks of treatment, patients rated their satisfaction with Clobex® Spray as an average of 7.3 out of 9.0 for scalp psoriasis (314 patients were surveyed)
- 77% of patients said the directional nozzle on the Clobex® Spray made it easy to apply
- 91% of patients would use Clobex® Spray again and recommend it
* The VOICES Program is a community-based outcomes survey. As of July 9, 2012, 1676 patients have enrolled in the VOICES program. Patients scored their psoriasis improvement on a scale of 1 to 9, with 1 being defined as “not at all improved” and 9 being defined as “very improved.” Ratings of 7 to 9 were defined as “high improvement.” Patients in the program receive a copay card and a gift card for their participation.
Talk to your dermatologist today. Ask if Clobex® Spray is right for you. Don’t have a dermatologist? Find one in your area.
Targeted spray nozzle focuses
treatment exactly where you need it
Clobex® Spray is formulated so that it can easily and quickly dissolve into the scalp and body.
And the nozzle on the Clobex® Spray bottle is specifically designed to help patients apply treatment exactly where it’s needed, with precision.
In a recent survey, 77% of patients reported that the directional nozzle made Clobex® Spray easy to apply.
Follow these simple guidelines to get the most out of your treatment:
- Use Clobex® Spray exactly as directed by your doctor
- Care for your skin to keep it as clean and healthy as possible
- Make sure that your skin is clean and dry before applying treatment
- Apply Clobex® Spray twice a day; use only enough to cover the affected areas. Rub in gently.
- Wash your hands after using Clobex® Spray
- Use Clobex® Spray for the shortest amount of time necessary to treat your plaque psoriasis
- Do not use Clobex® Spray for more than 4 consecutive weeks unless your doctor tells you to
- Do not use more than 26 sprays per application or 52 sprays per day
- Do not use Clobex® Spray on your face, groin, or armpits or if your skin is thinning at the treatment site
- Before using Clobex® Spray, tell your doctor about all other medicines you are taking, if you have a skin infection, or plan to have surgery. Also tell your doctor if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are nursing (it is not known whether Clobex® Spray can harm your unborn child or passes into your milk).
How to use clobex® spray for scalp & body
reaches below the hairline
Half of all people with psoriasis have it on their scalp. And just like psoriasis on the body, it can be mild, moderate, or severe with plaques covering the entire scalp. It can even extend onto the forehead, back of the neck, and around the ears.
To apply Clobex® Spray to the scalp, part the hair and spray directly onto the affected area. For the best delivery, keep the bottle in an upright position.
covers larger areas of the body
Plaque psoriasis can occur anywhere on the skin including palms, soles of feet, fingernails, toenails, and face. But some of the more common areas are the knees, elbows, back, and scalp. Clobex® Spray can cover large areas of the body like these.
To apply Clobex® Spray to the body, direct the nozzle toward the affected area, spray only enough to cover the area, and rub gently to ensure even coverage. Note: Do not apply Clobex® Spray to your face, underarms, or groin, and avoid contact with eyes and lips.
Stay focused on your overall health.
It can help you stay in control of your psoriasis.
Caring for your skin, as well as your mind and body, can help reduce psoriasis discomfort. Here are a few suggested guidelines to follow:
Keep your skin healthy
- When cleansing your skin, don’t rub too hard; this will irritate it. Rinse with lukewarm water and pat your skin to dry it. A gentle cleanser like Cetaphil® Gentle Skin Cleanser is nonirritating and rinses off easily.
- Apply moisturizer while skin is still damp; this helps trap moisture and keeps your skin soft and smooth
- If you have scalp psoriasis, use conditioner after you shampoo to moisturize your scalp. Then rinse with cold water.
- Apply moisturizers during the day and heavier lotions or creams at night, especially in dry weather. Cetaphil® Moisturizing Lotion and Cream are gentle, fragrance-free options.
- Avoid scratching and never pick at lesions; it can make your psoriasis worse or even cause an infection
- Apply a cold compress to itchy areas. A warm oatmeal bath may also help relieve itchiness.
- Avoid hot water. Use only warm water on your skin.
- Avoid cologne, perfume, body sprays, and scented bath products
- Wear cotton clothing. Soft cotton is light and less irritating to your skin than other fabrics.
- Use a humidifier in dry weather
Stay healthy overall
- Eat a balanced diet; it’s necessary for physical health and healthy skin
- Get enough sleep; it helps reduce stress
- Don’t smoke. Research suggests that smoking can trigger psoriasis. Avoid using a nicotine patch to help you quit — it can also trigger psoriasis.
- Use sunscreen every day. Sunburns are a known trigger for psoriasis.
- Limit alcohol intake. Heavy drinking may trigger psoriasis and even prevent treatment from being effective.
- Make physical activity a part of your daily routine
Maintain good mental health
- Reduce stress. Many people with psoriasis experience flare-ups during stressful times. Yoga, meditation, and other relaxation techniques can be effective.
- Be mindful of flare-ups and what may have triggered them. The more you know about your specific triggers, the better you can manage your psoriasis. (Be aware that it may take up to 14 days for a flare-up to occur.)
- Don’t isolate yourself. Talk with friends and family to build a support system or join a local support group.
- Learning about effective treatment options, like Clobex® Spray, can help put you in control
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Important Safety Information for Clobex® (clobetasol propionate) Lotion, 0.05%
Clobex® (clobetasol propionate) Lotion, 0.05%, is not recommended for anyone younger than 18 years of age.
Clobex® Lotion is indicated to treat steroid-responsive dermatoses. Treatment of steroid responsive dermatoses (eczema, dermatitis) should be limited to 2 weeks. Use only as directed by your physician, and do not apply to your face, underarms, or groin and avoid contact with your eyes and lips.
The total dosage should not exceed 50 g (50 mL or 1.75 fl oz) per week. You should use Clobex® Lotion only for the minimum period necessary to achieve desired results. In clinical trials, patients reported burning/stinging, skin dryness, irritation, redness, itching, skin thinning and widening of blood vessels. Because too much Lotion passing through your skin may affect your adrenal glands, do not use more than prescribed and stop using the product if you experience nausea, vomiting, fever or low blood pressure, and call you doctor. If you are pregnant, trying to get pregnant or nursing, speak to your doctor before using Clobex® Lotion.
You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit www.fda.gov/medwatch, or call 1-800-FDA-1088 (1-800-332-1088).
Important Safety Information for Clobex® (clobetasol propionate) Shampoo, 0.05%
Clobex® (clobetasol propionate) Shampoo, 0.05%, is not recommended for anyone younger than 18 years of age.
Clobex® Shampoo is indicated for the treatment of moderate to severe scalp psoriasis. Treatment should be limited to 4 weeks. Do not use more than 50 g (50 mL or 1.75 fl oz) per week. Use Clobex® Shampoo only for the minimum period necessary to achieve desired results. Use only as directed by your physician, and do not apply to your face, underarms, or groin and avoid contact with your eyes and lips.
Adverse events reported during use of Clobex® Shampoo include application site burning/stinging, hair loss, itching, swelling, infections, acne, dry skin, application site irritation, skin thinning and widening of blood vessels. Because too much Shampoo passing through your skin may affect your adrenal glands, do not use more than prescribed and stop using the product if you experience nausea, vomiting, fever or low blood pressure, and call you doctor. If you are pregnant, trying to become pregnant or nursing, speak to your doctor before using Clobex® Shampoo.
You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit www.fda.gov/medwatch, or call 1-800-FDA-1088 (1-800-332-1088).