Locoid Overdose

Cushing's syndrome and other problems may occur if large doses of Locoid (hydrocortisone butyrate) are used for extended periods. It is not recommended to use this prescription steroid medicine for longer than four weeks at a time. If problems do occur, treatment may include gradually decreasing your dosage and treating any symptoms that occur as a result of the Locoid overdose.

Can You Use Too Much Locoid?

Locoid® (hydrocortisone butyrate) is a prescription steroid that comes in the form of a lotion, cream, solution (liquid), and ointment. It belongs to a group of medications known as topical steroids. As with most medications, it is possible to use too much Locoid. However, serious problems are most likely to occur when large doses are used over a prolonged period.

Effects of an Overdose

Long-term use of high doses of this medicine can cause Cushing's syndrome, which is a group of symptoms caused by prolonged exposure to steroids. Let your healthcare provider know if you develop any signs or symptoms of this problem, including:
  • A rounded face
  • Unusual body fat distribution (more fat in the trunk, face, and neck, and less fat in the arms and legs)
  • High blood sugar levels.
It should be noted that Locoid is not recommended for use longer than four weeks.
Applying large amounts of Locoid for long periods may cause serious side effects. As with all steroids, large doses may decrease the body's ability to produce natural steroids. This can cause serious problems, especially if this medicine is stopped too quickly and the body has not had a chance to begin making its own natural steroids again.
If you realize that you have been using Locoid for an extended period, do not suddenly stop using it.

Locoid Medication Information

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