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Potency of Topical Corticosteroids (USA Classification)

 

Class Potency Generic Name and Strength Brand Name and Formulation
Class 1 Super Potent Augmented Betamethasone Dipropionate 0.05% Diprolene Ointment / Lotion
Clobetasol Propionate 0.05% Temovate E Cream
Temovate Cream / Ointment
Olux Foam
Clobex Spray / Lotion / Shampoo
Fluocinonide 0.1% Vanos Cream
Halobetasol Propionate 0.05% Ultravate Cream / Ointment
Class 2 Potent Amcinonide 0.1% Generic Amcinonide Ointment
Augmented Betamethasone Dipropionate 0.05% Diprolene AF Cream
Desoximetasone 0.25% Topicort Cream / Ointment
Desoximetasone 0.05% Topicort Gel
Diflorasone Diacetate 0.05% ApexiCon E Cream
Fluocinonide 0.05% Generic Fluocinonide Cream / Ointment
Halcinonide 0.1% Halog Cream / Ointment
Mometasone Furoate 0.1% Elocon Ointment
Triamcinolone Acetonide 0.5% Generic Triamcinolone Acetonide Ointment
Class 3 Upper Mid-Strength Betamethasone Dipropionate 0.05% Generic Betamethasone Dipropionate Cream
Betamethasone Valerate 0.1% Generic Betamethasone Valerate Ointment
Fluticasone Propionate 0.005% Generic Fluticasone Propionate Ointment
Triamcinolone Acetonide 0.5% Generic Triamcinolone Acetonide Cream
Class 4 Mid-Strength Clocortolone Pivalate 0.1% Cloderm Cream
Fluocinolone Acetonide 0.025% Synalar Ointment
Flurandrenolide 0.05% Cordran Ointment
Hydrocortisone Valerate 0.2% Westcort Ointment
Mometasone Furoate 0.1% Elocon Cream / Lotion
Class 5 Lower Mid-Strength Betamethasone Dipropionate 0.05% Generic Betamethasone Dipropionate Lotion
Betamethasone Valerate 0.1% Generic Betamethasone Valerate Cream
Desonide 0.05% DesOwen Ointment
Fluocinolone Acetonide 0.025% Synalar Cream
Flurandrenolide 0.05% Cordran Cream / Lotion
Fluticasone Propionate 0.05% Cutivate Cream
Hydrocortisone Butyrate 0.1% Locoid Cream / Ointment / Solution
Hydrocortisone Valerate 0.2% Westcort Cream
Prednicarbate 0.1% Dermatop Cream
Class 6 Mild Alclometasone Dipropionate 0.05% Aclovate Cream / Ointment
Desonide 0.05% Verdeso Foam
DesOwen Cream / Lotion
Fluocinolone Acetonide 0.01% Synalar Cream / Solution
Class 7 Least Potent Hydrocortisone 0.5 / 1% / 2.5% Generic Hydrocortisone Cream / Ointment / Lotion

 

Notes

This list is not exhaustive.

Generic and brand name data from:

1.Jacob SE, Steele T. Corticosteroid classes: A quick reference guide including patch test substances and cross-reactivity. J Am Acad Dermatol. 2006;54(4):723-727.

2.Package Inserts.

 

 

 

Prepared: 14th Septembeter 2015

 

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