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Triamcinolone Topical Vs. Clobetasol Propionate

By M. Gideon Hoyle ; Updated July 27, 2017

Triamcinolone topical and clobetasol proprionate are two steroid-based medications designed to treat skin inflammations and additional conditions. Each of these compounds has its own common uses and special areas of application.

Triamcinolone Topical

Doctors typically prescribe triamcinolone topical (brand names Triderm and Cinolar) for the treatment of inflammation related to conditions including eczema, psoriasis and allergic reactions, according to Drugs.com.

Clobetasol Proprionate

Clobetasol proprionate (brand names Clobex and Temovate) comes in the form of creams, emollient creams, ointments and gels, notes Drugs.com. Doctors typically prescribe these products for the short-term treatment of moderate to severe inflammation and itching.

Dental Paste

Triamcinolone also comes in the form of a dental paste used to treat cases of mouth ulcers, reports Drugs.com.

Scalp Treatment

Clobetasol proprionate also comes in a special application designed for the short-term treatment of scalp itching or inflammation, according to Drugs.com.

Side Effects

Drugs.com cites potential side effects of triamcinolone use that include mood changes, weight gain, insomnia, irregular heartbeat and blurred vision. Potential side effects of clobetasol proprionate use include burning, stinging, skin shrinkage, finger numbness, acne, excessive hair growth and infection.


Use of Temovate over large areas of skin can trigger unwanted absorption of the medication into the bloodstream and the production of side effects away from the application site, notes Drugs.com.

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