Topical Corticosteroids Potencies (How Strong They Are)

January 23, 2023

Topical steroids come in many potencies (strengths). Below is an overview of the most common topical steroids used:

1% Hydrocortisone Cream or ointmentLow Potency
Beclomethasone dipropionateCreamMedium potency 
Clobetasone butyrate Cream Medium potency
Fluticasone propionate Cream or ointmentMedium potency
Betamethasone valerate Cream, ointment, or solutionHigh potency
Betamethasone dipropionateOintmentSuper high potency
Clobetasol propionateCream or solutionSuper high potency
FluocinonideCreamSuper high potency

Where can I get a prescription?

Topical corticosteroid preparations of medium and higher potency are prescription medications that require the approval of a physician or other licensed prescriber. QuickMD can treat most of your skin condition remotely via video and prescribe a cortisone cream, ointment or solution online—sent directly to any pharmacy.

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