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Precautions and Warnings With Amcinonide

Although amcinonide can be effective for relieving itching and inflammation caused by certain skin conditions, this drug can cause potentially serious problems in some people. For instance, if someone does not use this medicine correctly, it can lead to diabetes or Cushing's syndrome. Other warnings and safety precautions include the possibility of amcinonide interacting with various drugs or causing allergic reactions.

What Should I Tell My Healthcare Provider?

You should talk with your healthcare provider prior to using amcinonide (Cyclocort®) if you:
 
  • Are breastfeeding
  • Are pregnant or thinking of becoming pregnant
  • 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 Amcinonide Precautions and Warnings

Some warnings and precautions to be aware of prior to using this medicine include the following:
 
  • Like other steroids, amcinonide 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 medicine with a dressing, which is sometimes recommended, may also increase the risk.
 
  • Amcinonide 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 it.
 
  • 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.
 
  • Like all steroids, amcinonide 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.
 
 
  • This product 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 Cyclocort and Pregnancy).
 
  • It is unknown if amcinonide 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 Cyclocort and Breastfeeding).
 

Amcinonide Drug Information

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