Generic name: Alclometasone dipropionate.

Aclovate is a topical adrenocorticoid/anti-inflammatory. It interferes with the natural body mechanisms that produce rash, itching, or inflammation.

Quick Facts About Aclovate


Used to relieve certain itchy rashes, including psoriasis.

Aclovate Dosage

Spread a thin film of cream or ointment over the rash; massage gently until medication disappears. For persistent rash, a thick layer of cream or ointment covered with a bandage may be required. For external use only; avoid getting into the eyes. Do not bandage unless prescribed by your doctor.

  • Usual adult dose: apply thin film of cream or ointment to the affected skin areas; massage until medication disappears.
  • Usual child dose: apply thin film of cream or oint-ment to the affected skin areas; massage gently until medication disappears.
  • Missed dose: apply as soon as possible, unless almost time for next dose. In that case, do not take missed dose; go back to regular schedule.

Aclovate Side Effects

Overdose symptoms:

children—bulging soft spots on an infant’s head, headache, nausea. If you suspect an overdose (child or adult), immediately seek medical attention.

More common side effects: abnormally excessive growth of hair, acne-like pimples, allergic rash, burning, dryness, infection, irritation, itching, maceration (sponginess) of the skin, pale (depigmented) spots, prickly heat, rash around the mouth, redness, skin inflammation, stretch marks on skin.

Less common Aclovate side effects: No known less common or rare side effects.


Inform your doctor before using Aclovate with:

other, more potent steroids; may lead to large amounts of hormones in the bloodstream.

No known food/other substance interactions.

Special Cautions

If pregnant or planning to become pregnant, inform your doctor immediately. Medications absorbed from Aclovate may get into the fetal bloodstream or breast milk.

No specific precautions apply to seniors.

If used over extended periods, can affect a child’s normal growth development. Children are more susceptible to Cushing’s syndrome when Aclovate is used for extended periods over large areas of skin.

  • Do not use if you have sensitivity or allergic reaction to: Alclometasone dipropionate or other corticosteroids, or any of the oils, waxes, alcohols, or other chemicals in the cream or ointment.
  • Use caution with Aclovate; some of the medication can be absorbed through the skin and into the bloodstream with prolonged use, leading to side effects elsewhere in the body.
  • Use for extended periods over large areas of skin may lead to Cushing’s syndrome: moon-faced appearance, fattened neck and trunk, purplish streaks on the skin.

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