TABLE 3

Topical Corticosteroid Potencies, Strengths, and Formulations

ClassStrength, %Available Formulations
DrugOintmentCreamLotionFoamSolutionGel
I. Very high potency
 Augmented betamethasone dipropionate0.05
 Clobetasol propionate0.05
 Diflorasone diacetate0.05
 Halobetasol propionate0.05
II. High potency
 Amcinonide0.1
 Augmented betamethasone dipropionate0.05
 Betamethasone dipropionate0.05
 Desoximetasone0.250.250.05
 Diflorasone diacetate0.05
 Fluocinonide0.05
 Halcinonide0.1
 Mometasone furoate0.1
 Triamcinolone acetonide0.5
III–IV. Medium potency
 Betamethasone valerate0.1
 Clocortolone pivalate0.1
 Desoximetasone0.05
 Fluocinolone acetonide0.025
 Flurandrenolide0.05
 Fluticasone propionate0.0050.05
 Mometasone furoate0.1
 Triamcinolone acetonide0.1
V. Lower-medium potency
 Hydrocortisone butyrate0.1
 Hydrocortisone probutate0.1
 Hydrocortisone valerate0.2
 Prednicarbate0.1
VI. Low potency
 Alclometasone dipropionate0.05
 Desonide0.05
 Fluocinolone acetonide0.01
VII. Lowest potency
 Dexamethasone0.1
 Hydrocortisone0.25, 0.5, 1
 Hydrocortisone acetate0.5–1
  • Includes representative examples and not all available agents. Adapted from Paller and Mancini.18