Locoid Warnings and Precautions

People with certain allergies or who are taking certain medications may not be able to use Locoid. Although it is applied on the skin, Locoid is a type of steroid and can cause serious complications if too much is used for extended periods. Other safety precautions to be aware of before using Locoid include warnings of potential risks to pregnant or breastfeeding women.

What Should I Tell My Healthcare Provider?

You should talk with your healthcare provider prior to using Locoid® (hydrocortisone butyrate) if you:
 
  • Are breastfeeding
  • Are pregnant or thinking of becoming pregnant
  • Have any allergies, including to foods, dyes, or preservatives.
 
You should also tell your healthcare provider about all other medications you are taking, including prescription and nonprescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.
 

Specific Precautions and Warnings With Locoid

Some warnings and precautions to be aware of before using this medicine include the following:
 
  • Locoid is a steroid and, as such, can cause serious side effects. While it is not a particularly potent steroid, using too much or using it for extended periods increases the risk for serious side effects.
 
  • Like other steroids, Locoid can cause serious problems like Cushing's syndrome or diabetes. Although this is more likely to occur with oral or injectable steroids, it is still possible with topical steroids, including Locoid. The more you apply and the longer you use the drug, the more likely these problems are to occur. Covering the cream with a dressing may also increase the risk.
 
  • If you use this medication for an extended period, it may lead to Cushing's syndrome (a group of symptoms caused by prolonged exposure to steroids). Contact your healthcare provider if you develop signs of this condition, such as:
 
    • 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.
 
  • Locoid can suppress the body's ability to make natural steroids. This typically happens when large doses are used over a long period. In such circumstances, Locoid should be stopped gradually to give your body a chance to begin making its own natural steroids again. If this is not feasible, you might need to take an oral steroid for a while, after which you will slowly be weaned off the oral steroid.
 
  • Like all steroids, Locoid may slow down the growth rate of children and teenagers. Contact your child's healthcare provider if you are concerned about this. In general, children may be more susceptible to the side effects of steroids. Close monitoring is necessary for any child receiving such drugs long-term.
 
  • If you develop a skin infection while using Locoid, you will need to be treated with appropriate antibiotics or antifungal medications. If the infection does not clear up, you may need to stop using Locoid.
 
 
  • Locoid is a pregnancy Category C medication. This means that it may not be safe for use during pregnancy, although the full risks are currently unknown (see Locoid and Pregnancy).
 
  • It is unknown if Locoid passes through breast milk. Therefore, if you are breastfeeding or plan to start, discuss this with your healthcare provider prior to using the drug (see Locoid and Breastfeeding).
 

Locoid Medication Information

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