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Precautions and Warnings With Alclometasone

Although alclometasone can be an effective medicine for treating various skin conditions, it can increase the risk for diabetes, Cushing's syndrome, and other complications in some people. Because this medicine is not appropriate for everyone, let your healthcare provider know of any other medications you are taking. Alclometasone's safety precautions also include warnings of potential risks for women who are pregnant or breastfeeding.

What Should I Tell My Healthcare Provider Before Using Alclometasone?

You should talk with your healthcare provider prior to using alclometasone dipropionate (Aclovate®) if you:
 
  • Are pregnant or thinking of becoming pregnant
  • Are breastfeeding
  • 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 Alclometasone Precautions and Warnings

Some warnings and precautions to be aware of prior to using this medication include the following:
 
  • Like other steroids, alclometasone 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 this one. The more you apply and the longer you use the drug, the more likely these problems are to occur. Covering the lotion with a dressing (which is not recommended) 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.
 
  • Alclometasone 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, the medication 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, alclometasone 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.
 
  • Alclometasone can suppress the immune system, perhaps leading to infections or other problems.
 
 
  • Alclometasone 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 Aclovate and Pregnancy).
 
  • It is unknown if alclometasone passes through breast milk. Therefore, if you are breastfeeding or plan to start, discuss this with your healthcare provider prior to using this product (see Aclovate and Breastfeeding).
 

Alclometasone Drug Information

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