Potency Chart

Topical Steroid Potency Chart

Curious about the potency of topical steroids? Perhaps your health care provider prescribed you a treatment and you’d like to know how potent it is.

Below you will find a chart of topical steroids classified by their potency. Both the brand names and generic names are listed.

Are you looking for non-steroid or over-the-counter options? While topical steroids require a prescription from a health care provider, there are over-the-counter and non-steroid treatment options available to you without a prescription.

NPF's Seal of Recognition has a searchable list of products like shampoos and moisturizers, and even household items, all of which are made or intended to be non-irritating to your sensitive skin.

Steroid Potency Chart

This chart is for educational use only. Please read the full prescription insert for known side effects, precautions, or warnings. Also, please talk with your health care provider for the specific dose and frequency that is right for you. The National Psoriasis Foundation does not endorse any specific treatment for psoriatic disease.

Potency Strength Brand NameGeneric Name
Diprolene Ointment, 0.05% Augmented betamethasone dipropionate
Cormax Cream/Solution, 0.05% Clobetasol propionate
Clobex Lotion/Spray/Shampoo, 0.05% Clobetasol propionate
Olux Foam, 0.05% Clobetasol propionate
Olux E Foam, 0.05% Clobetasol propionate
Temovate Cream/Ointment/Solution, 0.05% Clobetasol propionate
Topicort Topical Spray, 0.25% Desoximetasone
Psorcon Ointment, 0.05%; Augmented diflorasone diacetate
Psorcon E Ointment, 0.05% Diflorasone diacetate
Vanos Cream, 0.1% Fluocinonide
Cordran Tape, 4mcg/sq. cm. Flurandrenolide 4 mcg/cm2
Lexette Foam, 0.05% Halobetasol propionate
Ultravate Cream/Ointment, 0.05% Halobetasol propionate
Ultravate Lotion, 0.05% Halobetasol propionate
Bryhali Lotion, 0.01% Halobetasol propionate
High Cyclocort Ointment, 0.1% Amcinonide
Diprolene Ointment, 0.05% Betamethasone dipropionate
Diprolene Cream/Lotion, 0.05% Augmented betamethasone dipropionate
Topicort Cream/Ointment, 0.25% Desoximetasone
IMPOYZ Cream, 0.025% Clobetasol Propionate
Topicort Gel 0.05% Desoximetasone
Florone Cream, 0.05% Augmented Diflorasone diacetate
Florone Ointment, 0.05% Diflorasone diacetate
Lidex Cream/Gel/Ointment/Solution, 0.05% Fluocinonide
Halog Ointment/Cream, 0.1% Halcinonide
Elocon Ointment, 0.1% Mometasone furoate
Cyclocort Cream/Lotion 0.1% Amcinonide
Diprolene AF Cream 0.05% Betamethasone dipropionate
Diprolene Lotion 0.05% Betamethasone dipropionate
Psorcon Cream, 0.05% Diflorasone diacetate
Cutivate Ointment, 0.005% Fluticasone propionate
TRIDERM Triamcinolone acetonide 0.5%
Potency Strength Brand NameGeneric Name
Luxiq Aerosol Foam 0.12% Betamethasone valerate
Topicort LP Cream, 0.05% Desoximetasone
Synalar Ointment 0.025% Fluocinolone acetonide
Cordran Ointment, 0.05% Flurandrenolide
SERNIVO Spray, 0.05% Betamethasone Dipropionate
Westcort Ointment, 0.2% Hydrocortisone valerate
Elocon Cream/Lotion, 0.1% Mometasone furoate
Kenalog Cream/Ointment, 0.1% Triamcinolone acetonide
Kenalog Spray, 0.2% Triamcinolone acetonide
Cloderm Cream, 0.1% Clocortolone pivalate
Synalar Cream 0.025% Fluocinolone acetonide
Capex Shampoo Fluocinolone acetonide
Derma-Smoothe/FS Fluocinolone acetonide
Cutivate Cream/Lotion 0.05% Fluticasone propionate
Cordran Cream/Lotion, 0.05% Flurandrenolide
Locoid Cream/Lotion/Ointment/Solution, 0.1% Hydrocortisone butyrate
Pandel Cream, 0.1% Hydrocortisone probutate
WESTCORT Cream Hydrocortisone valerate 0.2%
DermAtop Cream/Ointment, 0.1% Prednicarbate
Low Aclovate Cream/Ointment, 0.05% Alclometasone dipropionate
Synalar Cream/Solution, 0.01% Fluocinolone acetonide
Cetacort Lotion, 0.5%/1% Hydrocortisone
Cortaid Cream/Spray/Ointment Hydrocortisone
Hytone Cream/Lotion, 1%/2.5% Hydrocortisone
Micort-HC Cream, 2%/2.5% Hydrocortisone
Nutracort Lotion, 1%/2.5% Hydrocortisone
Synacort Cream, 1%/2.5% Hydrocortisone

For Patients: Please read the full prescription insert for known side effects, precautions, or warnings. Also, please talk with your provider about the specific dose and frequency that is right for you.

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Last updated on 10/25/2022 by the National Psoriasis Foundation.

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