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.

Superpotent – Brand Name Generic Name
Clobex Lotion/Spray/Shampoo, 0.05% Clobetasol propionate
Cordran Tape, 4mcg/sq. cm. Flurandrenolide
Cormax Cream/Solution, 0.05% Clobetasol propionate
Diprolene Ointment, 0.05% Betamethasone dipropionate
Lexette Foam, 0.05% Halobetasol propionate
Olux E Foam, 0.05% Clobetasol propionate
Olux Foam, 0.05% Clobetasol propionate
Psorcon Ointment, 0.05% Diflorasone diacetate
Psorcon E Ointment, 0.05% Diflorasone diacetate
Temovate Cream/Ointment/Solution, 0.05% Clobetasol propionate
Topicort Topical Spray, 0.25% Desoximetasone
Ultravate Cream/Ointment, 0.05% Halobetasol propionate
Ultravate Lotion, 0.05% Halobetasol propionate
Vanos Cream, 0.1% Fluocinonide
Potent to Superpotent – Brand Name Generic Name
Bryhali Lotion, 0.01% Halobetasol propionate
Doubrii Lotion, 0.01%/0.045% Halobetasol propionate/tazarotene
Potent – Brand Name Generic Name
Diprolene Cream AF, 0.05% Betamethasone dipropionate
Elocon Ointment, 0.1% Mometasone furoate
Florone Ointment, 0.05% Diflorasone diacetate
Halog Ointment/Cream, 0.1% Halcinonide
Lidex Cream/Gel/Ointment, 0.05% Fluocinonide
Psorcon Cream, 0.05% Diflorasone diacetate
Topicort Cream/Ointment, 0.25% Desoximetasone
Topicort Gel, 0.05% Desoximetasone
Wynzora Cream, 0.005%/0.064% Calcipotriene and Betamethasone dipropionate
Upper Mid-Strength – Brand Name Generic Name
Cutivate Ointment, 0.005% Fluticasone propionate
Lidex-E Cream, 0.05% Fluocinonide
Luxiq Foam, 0.12% Betamethasone valerate
Mid-Strength – Brand Name Generic Name
Cordran Ointment, 0.05% Flurandrenolide
Elocon Cream, 0.1% Mometasone furoate
Kenalog Cream/Spray, 0.1% Triamcinolone acetonide
Synalar Ointment, 0.03% Fluocinolone acetonide
Topicort LP Cream, 0.05% Desoximetasone
Topicort LP Ointment, 0.05% Desoximetasone
Westcort Ointment, 0.2% Hydrocortisone valerate
Lower Mid-Strength – Brand Name Generic Name
Capex Shampoo, 0.01% Fluocinolone acetonide
Cordran Cream, 0.05% Flurandrenolide
Cutivate Cream/Lotion, 0.05% Fluticasone propionate
DermAtop Cream, 0.1% Prednicarbate
DesOwen Lotion, 0.05% Desonide
Locoid Cream/Lotion/Ointment/Solution, 0.1% Hydrocortisone
Pandel Cream, 0.1% Hydrocortisone
Synalar Cream, 0.03%/0.01% Fluocinolone acetonide
Westcort Cream, 0.2% Hydrocortisone valerate
Mild – Brand Name Generic Name
Aclovate Cream/Ointment, 0.05% Alclometasone dipropionate
Derma-Smoothe/FS Oil, 0.01% Fluocinolone acetonide
Desonate Gel, 0.05% Desonide
Synalar Cream/Solution, 0.01% Fluocinolone acetonide
Verdeso Foam, 0.05% Desonide
Least Potent – Brand Name Generic Name
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

What Can You Get Over-the-Counter?

While topical steroids require a prescription from a health care provider, there are over-the-counter treatment options that may help reduce the symptoms you are experiencing.

Learn about options that don't require a prescription

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