Table 7.2Potency of topical corticosteroidsa

Topical corticosteroidPotency
Desonide 0.05%bMild
Hydrocortisone (acetate) 0.1–2.5%Mild
Alclometasone dipropionate 0.05%Moderately potent
Betamethasone valerate 0.025%Moderately potent
Clobetasone butyrate 0.05%Moderately potent
Fludroxycortide 0.0125% (formerly known as flurandrenolone)Moderately potent
Fluocinolone acetonide 0.00625%Moderately potent
Flucortine butylester 0.75%bModerately potent
FluocortoloneModerately potent
Hydrocortisone valerate 0.2%bModerately potent
Prednicarbate 0.25%bModerately potent
Beclometasone dipropionate 0.025%bPotent
Betamethasone dipropionate 0.05%Potent
Betamethasone valerate 0.1%Potent
Diflucortolone valerate 0.1%Potent
Fluocinolone acetonide 0.025%Potent
Fluocinonide 0.05%Potent
Fluticasone propionate 0.05%Potent
Hydrocortisone butyrate 0.1%Potent
Mometasone furoate 0.1%Potent
Triamcinolone acetonide 0.1%Potent
Clobetasol propionate 0.05%Very potent
Diflucortolone valerate 0.3%Very potent
Halcinonide 0.1%bVery potent
a

Potency taken from the BNFC 2007.232

b

Products containing these topical corticosteroids are not available in the UK.

From: 7, Treatment

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