What are topical corticosteroids?

Corticosteroid hormones are naturally occurring hormones produced by the
adrenal glands within the body. Topical corticosteroids are synthetic (man-made)
corticosteroid medications used for treating skin conditions such as rash,
dermatitis, itching, eczema, and psoriasis. Topical corticosteroids have potent
anti-inflammatory actions and also suppress the immune response. Topical
corticosteroids are used based on their potency, the area of the body to which
they will be applied, and type of skin condition being treated.

What are examples topical corticosteroids of available in the US?

Topical corticosteroids are grouped according to their potency:

  1. Very high potency: betamethasone dipropionate
    Diprolene), clobetasol propionate (Clobex,
    Olux), diflorasone
    diacetate, fluocinonide (Vanos), and halobetasol propionate (Ultravate).
  2. High potency: amcinonide (Cylocort),
    (Topicort, Topicort LP), halcinonide (Halog), and triamcinolone acetonide (Kenalog).
  3. Medium potency: betamethasone valerate (Luxiq),
    clocortolone pivalate (Cloderm), fluocinolone acetonide (Synalar),
    flurandrenolide (Cordran), fluocinonide (Lidex),
    fluticasone propionate
    (Cutivate), hydrocortisone butyrate (Locoid), hydrocortisone valerate
    (Westcort), mometasone furoate (Elocon), and prednicarbate (Dermatop).
  4. Low potency: alclometasone dipropionate (Aclovate),
    desonide (Desowen, Verdeso), and hydrocortisone (Hytone).

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 5/12/2017

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