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It is possible for a person to use too much Olux (clobetasol propionate foam). With this medicine, an overdose is more likely to occur when large doses are used for long lengths of time. In some cases, this can cause Cushing's syndrome, a group of symptoms caused by long-term use of steroids. Overdose treatment will likely involve supportive care to treat any symptoms that result.

Can You Use Too Much Olux?

Olux® (clobetasol propionate foam) is a prescription skin medication used to treat various different skin conditions, such as eczema and psoriasis. It belongs to a group of medications known as topical steroids. As with most medications, it is possible to use too much Olux. However, serious problems are most likely to occur when large doses are used over a prolonged period of time.

Effects of an Overdose

Long-term use of high doses of this medicine can cause Cushing's syndrome (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 extremities)
  • High blood sugar levels.
It should be noted that this medication is not recommended for use longer than two weeks.
Applying large amounts of Olux for long periods of time may cause serious side effects. As with all steroids, large doses of Olux 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 this medicine for an extended period of time, do not suddenly stop using it. In addition, you should seek the advice of your healthcare provider.
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