Olux Side Effects

Olux and HPA Suppression

Using steroids like Olux over long periods of time can cause a different set of side effects, sometimes known as HPA suppression, or Cushing's syndrome. These reactions are most likely to be seen in people who use Olux over a large area of the body for a long period of time (more than two weeks). Some of the problems seen with long-term use might include:
  • Suppression of the immune system (perhaps leading to infections or other problems)
  • Weight gain
  • Bulging eyes
  • Fluid retention
  • Osteoporosis
  • Loss of muscle
  • Fat deposits on the face and back (causing a round face and a fatty hump on the back of the neck)
  • Diabetes
  • Cataracts
  • Stunted growth (in children).
Olux is a highly potent steroid and is probably more likely to cause these side effects, compared to less potent steroids. This is why Olux is recommended only for short-term use (two weeks or less).

Side Effects to Report

Some side effects of steroids, including Olux, are potentially serious and should be reported immediately to your healthcare provider. In addition to the HPA suppression side effects discussed previously, these include but are not limited to:
  • High blood pressure (hypertension)
  • High blood sugar levels (hyperglycemia) or diabetes
  • Infections
  • Ruptured tendons
  • Psychotic reactions, such as hallucinations or extreme aggression
  • Glaucoma
  • Severe fluid retention
  • Signs of an allergic reaction, such as:
    • An unexplained rash
    • Hives
    • Itching
    • Unexplained swelling
    • Difficulty breathing or swallowing.
In general, these serious reactions are unlikely to occur when Olux is used as directed for a short period of time (two weeks or less). Applying too much of the medicine over too large an area, for an extended period of time, may increase the risk for serious steroid side effects.

Olux Drug Information

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