Tenovate, is it safe? Uses, side-effects, dosage

What is Tenovate?

Tenovate is the brand name of a skin cream, which is used in the management of different inflammatory skin problems including hepatic coma. It is manufactured by Glaxo Smithkline Pharmaceuticals Ltd. It is available in the packaging of 30 grams cream per tube.

  1. What is the generic name(s)?
  2. How does it work ?
  3. What are it’s uses ?
  4. How effective is this medicine ?
  5. What are the Side Effects ?
  6. What is the Dosage ?
  7. What are the precautions I need to take ?
  8. Is it safe to take if I am pregnant ?
  9. Is it safe to take if I am breast feeding ?
  10. Can this medicine be given to children and infants ?
  11. Is Tenovate available as an over the counter (OTC) product?
  12. Frequently asked questions
  13. Reference
Tenovate - uses, side-effects, dosage

Tenovate – uses, side-effects, dosage


What is the generic name (s)?

The generic components of Tenovate along with their composition in % w/w is being described below:

  • Clobetasol Topical —– 0.05% w/w

How does it work ?

Clobetasol Topical is an corticosteroid medication. t reduces the chemicals which cause allergy in the skin and help in the prevention of allergic reactions which might happen in the later stages. It possess anti-inflammatory and immune system suppressing activity.

What are it’s uses ?

Tenovate cream is administered to prevent, control and treat following diseases and conditons:

  • Gingivitis
  • Keratitis
  • Vulvovaginal candidiasis
  • Dental plaque and bacteria
  • Minor scalds
  • Burns
  • Infection before any surgical procedure
  • Scratches
  • Abrasions
  • Blisters due to sunburn
  • Eye infections
  • Infected and cracked skin
  • Redness, itching, dryness and swelling of skin
  • Psoriasis
  • Redness, itching, dryness and swelling of scalp
  • Fungal and bacterial infections on skin
  • Napkin rash
  • Skin cleansing
  • Hepatic coma
  • Wounds
  • External ear infections
  • Diarrhea
  • Dysentery
  • Ulcers

How effective is this medicine ?

Tenovate is a very effective cream in the management of all the skin related disorders as mentioned above. One should use it after discussing the condition and other symptoms with a dermatologist.

What are the Side Effects ?

Tenovate cream has the following commonly reported side-effects:

  • Burning
  • Rashes
  • Swelling
  • Itching
  • Redness of skin
  • Acne
  • Easy bruising of skin
  • Peeling
  • Blisters
  • Skin irritation
  • Skin dryness

If any of these side effects persist longer, consult a dermatologist immediately.


What is the Dosage ?

The quantity of this skin cream to be applied for the particular skin condition and also the frequency of application per day has to be as per Dermatologist’s prescription. Also, one must not exceed the duration (in terms of number of days) of the use of this cream.

Cream - Dosage

Cream – Dosage

What are the precautions I need to take ?

While using this cream precaution should be exercised:

  • This is cream for external use only
  • Avoid inhaling and swallowing
  • Monitor actively if being used for long-term
  • Avoid if the patient has acute and/or systemic fungal infection
  • Usage has to be withdrawn slowly
  • Use with caution if the patient is an elderly person
  • Use with caution with patients(especially women), who have recently undergone a thyroid test
  • This cream can cause skin irritation on the first time use. So better try it on alternative nights for two weeks before applying it every night.
  • Avoid exposing your skin to the sun as it may cause sun burns resulting in to darkening of the skin, given it rapidly exfoliates the skin.
  • One should carefully read about all the ingredients of this cream to ensure that they should not cause any reaction or allergies.
  • For best results make sure to follow the instructions on how to use the product provided on the product.
  • Use with caution if the patient is pregnant or planning to get pregnant
  • Use with caution if the patient breast feeding a baby, or planning to start breast feeding.

Is it safe to take if I am pregnant ?

No, it is not safe to use this medicine if you are pregnant or planning to get pregnant.
This medicine is classified by FDA as pregnancy category ‘C’ Risk not ruled out: Animal reproduction studies have shown an adverse effect on the fetus and there are no adequate and well-controlled studies in humans, but potential benefits may warrant use of the drug in pregnant women despite potential risks.

This medicine should not be used without consulting with your doctor if you are pregnant or are planning to be pregnant. Please share the actual status of your pregnancy with your doctor for the correct prescription of this medicine.

Is it safe to take if I am breast feeding ?

No, This medicine is not safe to use while breast feeding, as there is a chance of it being inhaled or swallowed by the baby. It should not be applied any where near breast. Make sure the baby doesn’t come in to contact with the cream. This cream also contains corticosteroids, which can be excreted through breast milk and harm the nursing infants. Please use this medicine only when clearly needed.

Consult a doctor to know if this cream is safe for you.

Can this medicine be given to children and infants ?

Yes, if prescribed by a qualified dermatologist, this medicine can be used for children of age more than 1 years only. Please consult with the dermatologist regarding the quantity , frequency and duration of application of this cream.

But, it is strictly not to be used for children below the age of 1 years and infants.


Is Tenovate available as an over the counter (OTC) product?

No, it is not available as an over the counter or an OTC product. It is a prescription cream and it has to be prescribed by a qualified dermatologist only.

Frequently asked questions

Can Tenovate be used on face?
Yes this cream can be used on face. But it is advised that the continuous usage should not be more than 5 days.

What to do if there is a direct contact of Tenovate with eyes?
In case of direct contact of Tenovate with eyes, immediately wash the eyes with water and contact a doctor as soon as possible.

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