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Even though Aclovate is a topical medicine that is applied to the skin, side effects are still possible with this medication. Common reactions may include itching, burning, and redness of the skin. In most cases, these effects are minor and easily treated. However, there are some potentially serious problems, such as extreme aggression, severe fluid retention, or difficulty breathing, which require medical treatment.

An Introduction to Aclovate Side Effects

Just like any medicine, Aclovate® (alclometasone dipropionate) can cause side effects. However, not everyone who uses the medication will experience problems. In fact, most people tolerate it quite well. If side effects do occur, in most cases, they are minor and either require no treatment or are treated easily by you or your healthcare provider.
(This article covers many, but not all, of the possible side effects with Aclovate. Your healthcare provider can discuss a more complete list with you.)

Common Side Effects of Aclovate

Aclovate has been studied extensively in clinical trials. In these studies, the possible side effects were carefully documented.
In clinical trials, the most common Aclovate side effects (each occurring in approximately 1 to 2 percent of people) included:
  • Itching and burning
  • Redness
  • Dryness
  • Irritation
  • A bumpy rash.
Other possible skin reactions from steroids, including Aclovate, might include:
  • Irritation
  • Inflammation or infection of the skin follicles (folliculitis)
  • Increased sweating
  • Acne
  • Decreased skin pigmentation
  • Rash around the mouth
  • Allergic contact dermatitis (allergic skin reactions)
  • Soft, whitened skin (much like skin that is constantly wet)
  • Weakening and thinning of the skin
  • Stretch marks
  • Heat rash.
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