Topicort Side Effects

There is only vague information available about the possible side effects of older medications, including Topicort. Some of the reported side effects of these types of steroids include dryness, burning, and infections of the skin follicles. There are also some potentially serious side effects, such as hallucinations, ruptured tendons, and severe fluid retention.

An Introduction to Topicort Side Effects

Just like any medicine, Topicort® (desoximetasone) can cause side effects. However, not everyone who uses the medication will have 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 Topicort. Your healthcare provider can discuss a more complete list with you.)
 

Reported Side Effects of Topicort

For many medications (particularly newly approved medications), the prescribing information carefully explains the exact percentage of side effects that were seen in clinical trials. However, the prescribing information for almost all older medications, including Topicort, includes only vague information on potential side effects. Therefore, it can be difficult to know exactly how often the side effects occur.
 
Common side effects of all topical steroids, including Topicort, include but are not limited to:
 
  • Drying
  • Inflammation or infection of skin follicles (folliculitis)
  • Increased sweating
  • Burning
  • Itching
  • Irritation
  • Allergic contact dermatitis (allergic skin reactions)
  • Soft, whitened skin (much like skin that is constantly wet)
  • Weakening and thinning of the skin
  • Acne
  • Decreased skin pigmentation
  • A rash around the mouth
  • Stretch marks
  • Heat rash.
 
In general, side effects are more common when a dressing, such as a bandage, is used to cover the medication. Do not use a dressing unless your healthcare provider specifically recommends that you do so.
 

Topicort Drug Information

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