Topical Steroid Potencies

TOPICAL STEROID POTENCIES
Generic Strength Brand Form
VERY HIGH POTENCY
betamethasone dipropionate, augmented 0.05% oint
Diprolene oint
clobetasol propionate 0.05% crm, emollient crm, oint, lotion, gel, soln
Clobex lotion, shampoo, spray
Olux foam
desoximetasone 0.25% Topicort spray
diflorasone diacetate 0.05% oint
fluocinonide 0.1% Vanos crm
flurandrenolide 4mcg/cm2 Cordran tape
halobetasol propionate 0.05% crm, oint
Lexette foam
Ultravate lotion
0.01% Bryhali lotion
Duobrii* lotion
HIGH POTENCY
amcinonide 0.1% oint, crm, lotion
betamethasone dipropionate 0.05% oint, crm
betamethasone dipropionate, augmented 0.05% crm
clobetasol propionate 0.025% Impoyz crm
desoximetasone 0.25% crm, oint
0.05% gel
diflorasone diacetate 0.05% crm
fluocinonide 0.05% crm, oint, gel, soln
halcinonide 0.1% Halog crm, oint, soln
mometasone furoate 0.1% oint
triamcinolone acetonide 0.5% crm, oint
MEDIUM POTENCY
betamethasone dipropionate 0.05% Sernivo spray
betamethasone valerate 0.12% Luxiq foam
0.1% crm, oint, lotion
clocortolone pivalate 0.1% Cloderm crm
desoximetasone 0.05% crm, oint
fluocinolone acetonide 0.025% Synalar crm, oint
flurandrenolide 0.05% Cordran crm, lotion, oint
fluticasone propionate 0.05% crm, lotion
Cutivate lotion
0.005% oint
mometasone furoate 0.1% crm, soln
Elocon lotion
triamcinolone acetonide 0.2% Kenalog spray
0.1% crm, oint, dental paste, lotion
0.05% oint
LOWER-MEDIUM POTENCY
hydrocortisone butyrate 0.1% Locoid crm, oint
hydrocortisone probutate 0.1% Pandel crm
hydrocortisone valerate 0.2% crm, oint
prednicarbate 0.1% oint
triamcinolone acetonide 0.025% crm, oint, lotion
LOW POTENCY
alclometasone dipropionate 0.05% crm, oint
desonide 0.05% gel
DesOwen crm
Verdeso foam
fluocinolone acetonide 0.01% Capex shampoo
Derma-Smoothe/FS oil
Synalar soln
LOWEST POTENCY
hydrocortisone acetate 2.5% Analpram HC* crm, lotion
Pramosone* crm, oint, lotion
1% Analpram HC* crm
Epifoam* foam
Pramosone* crm, oint, lotion
Proctofoam HC* foam
hydrocortisone base 2.5% crm, oint, lotion
Texacort soln
1% crm, oint, lotion
NOTES

*Indicates that the product has more than one active ingredient.

The classification is based on vasoconstrictor assays and clinical studies. Potency varies according to the corticosteroid, its concentration, and the vehicle. In general, corticosteroids in lotions, creams, gels, and ointments are increasingly more potent due to increased absorption from these vehicles. Absorption is increased by prolonged therapy, large areas of skin damage, and the use of occlusive dressings which may cause an increase in the incidence of side effects.

Not an inclusive list of medications or dosing details. Please see drug monograph at www.eMPR.com and/or contact company for full drug labeling.

REFERENCES

Eichenfield LF, Tom WL, Berger TG, et al. Guidelines of care for the management of atopic dermatitis. American Academy of Dermatology, Inc. Published: May 07, 2014. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jaad.2014.03.023

Topical Steroid Potency Chart. National Psoriasis Foundation. https://www.psoriasis.org/potency-chart/. Updated December 3, 2021. Accessed January 18, 2022.

(Rev. 1/2022)