Proper Use

Drug information provided by: Micromedex

It is very important that you use this medicine only as directed by your doctor. Do not use more of it, do not use it more often, and do not use it for a longer time than your doctor ordered. To do so may cause unwanted side effects or skin irritation.

This medicine is for use on the skin only. Do not get it in your eyes, nose, mouth, or vagina. Do not use it on skin areas that have cuts, scrapes, or burns. If it does get on these areas, rinse it off right away with water.

To help clear up your skin or scalp problem completely, it is very important that you keep using this medicine for the full time of treatment. Do not miss any doses.

This medicine should only be used for skin conditions that your doctor is treating. Check with your doctor before using it for other conditions, especially if you think that a skin infection may be present. This medicine should not be used to treat certain kinds of skin infections or conditions, such as severe burns.

Do not use this medicine on the face, groin, or underarms, or have skin thinning unless directed to do so by your doctor.

To use the cream, foam, gel, lotion, ointment, or spray:

  • Wash your hands with soap and water before and after using this medicine.
  • Apply a thin layer of this medicine to the affected area of the skin. Rub it in gently.
  • With the lotion, protect the skin from water, clothing, or anything that causes rubbing until the medicine has dried. Also, shake the lotion well before using it.
  • With the foam, do not dispense directly from the can into your hands, unless the hands are the affected area.
  • Do not bandage or otherwise wrap the skin being treated unless directed to do so by your doctor.

To use the foam, scalp solution, or shampoo:

  • Wash your hands with soap and water before and after using this medicine.
  • Apply a thin layer of this medicine to the affected area of the scalp. Rub it in gently.
  • Do not cover the scalp (eg, shower cap, bathing cap) while it is being treated.
  • With the shampoo, do not wet your hair before using it. And if the shampoo gets on any part of your body other than your scalp, rinse the area well with water.
  • Do not use the shampoo for more than 4 weeks, the foam and scalp solution for more than 2 weeks unless your doctor has told you to.

This medicine comes with a patient information insert. Read and follow the instructions in the insert carefully. Ask your doctor if you have any questions.

Dosing

The dose of this medicine will be different for different patients. Follow your doctor's orders or the directions on the label. The following information includes only the average doses of this medicine. If your dose is different, do not change it unless your doctor tells you to do so.

The amount of medicine that you take depends on the strength of the medicine. Also, the number of doses you take each day, the time allowed between doses, and the length of time you take the medicine depend on the medical problem for which you are using the medicine.

  • For redness, itching, and swelling of the skin:
    • For topical dosage forms (cream, gel, or ointment):
      • Adults—Apply to the affected area of the skin two times per day.
      • Children 12 to 17 years of age—Apply to the affected area of the skin two times per day.
      • Children younger than 12 years of age—Use is not recommended.
    • For topical dosage form (lotion):
      • Adults—Apply to the affected area of the skin two times per day.
      • Children—Use is not recommended.
  • For plaque psoriasis:
    • For topical dosage form (cream):
      • Adults—Apply to the affected area of the skin two times per day.
      • Children younger than 16 years of age—Use is not recommended.
    • For topical dosage form (foam):
      • Adults—Apply to the affected area of the skin two times per day, once in the morning and once at night.
      • Children 12 to 17 years of age—Apply to the affected area of the skin two times per day, once in the morning and once at night.
      • Children younger than 12 years of age—Use is not recommended.
    • For topical dosage form (spray):
      • Adults—Spray to the affected area of the skin two times per day.
      • Children—Use is not recommended.
  • For scalp problems:
    • For topical dosage forms (foam or scalp solution):
      • Adults—Apply to the affected area of the scalp two times per day, once in the morning and once at night.
      • Children 12 to 17 years of age—Apply to the affected area of the scalp two times per day, once in the morning and once at night.
      • Children younger than 12 years of age—Use is not recommended.
    • For topical dosage form (shampoo):
      • Adults—Apply to the affected area of the scalp once a day.
      • Children—Use is not recommended.

Missed Dose

If you miss a dose of this medicine, apply it as soon as possible. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule.

Storage

Keep out of the reach of children.

Do not keep outdated medicine or medicine no longer needed.

Ask your healthcare professional how you should dispose of any medicine you do not use.

Store the medicine in a closed container at room temperature, away from heat, moisture, and direct light. Keep from freezing.

Store the foam can at room temperature, away from heat and direct light. Do not keep this medicine inside a car where it could be exposed to extreme heat. Do not poke holes in the canister or throw it into a fire, even if the canister is empty.

Store the Temovate® E cream at room temperature, away from heat, moisture, and direct light. Do not refrigerate. Keep from freezing.