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Capex Warnings and Precautions

If your healthcare provider recommends Capex, tell him or her if you have any allergies or if you are taking any other medications. If you are a woman, your healthcare provider will need to know if you are pregnant or breastfeeding. Safety precautions with Capex also include warnings of complications this drug may cause when used for extended periods, such as diabetes or Cushing's syndrome.

What Should I Tell My Healthcare Provider?

You should talk with your healthcare provider prior to using Capex® (fluocinolone shampoo) if you:
 
  • Are pregnant or thinking of becoming pregnant
  • Are breastfeeding
  • Have any allergies, including to food, dyes, or preservatives.
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You should also be sure to tell your healthcare provider about all of the medicines you take, including prescription and nonprescription medications, vitamins, and herbal supplements.
 

Specific Warnings and Precautions With Capex

Some warnings and precautions to be aware of with this medication include the following:
 
  • Capex is a steroid and can cause serious side effects, such as Cushing's syndrome or diabetes. Although this is more likely to occur with oral or injected steroids, it is still possible with topical steroids like Capex. The more you apply and the longer you use the drug, the more likely these problems become. Covering the medication with a dressing, which is not recommended, may also increase the risk.
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  • If you use this medication continuously for an extended period, which is generally not recommended, be sure to watch for any signs of Cushing's syndrome (a group of symptoms caused by prolonged exposure to steroids), such as:
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    • 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.
Let your healthcare provider know if you think you have signs of this problem.
  • Capex can suppress the body's ability to make natural steroids. Usually, this happens when large doses are used over a long period, which is not recommended. In such circumstances, this drug should be stopped slowly to give your body a chance to begin making natural steroids again. If this is not feasible, you might need to be given an oral steroid for a while, after which you will be slowly weaned of it.
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  • Like all steroids, Capex 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 side effects of steroids. Close monitoring is necessary for any child receiving long-term steroids.
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  • This medicine can suppress the immune system, perhaps leading to infections or other problems.
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  • Capex can potentially react with a few other medications (see Capex Drug Interactions).
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  • This product is considered a pregnancy Category C medication. This means that it may not be safe for use during pregnancy, although the full risks are not currently known (see Capex and Pregnancy).
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  • It is unknown if Capex passes through breast milk. Therefore, if you are breastfeeding or plan to start, discuss this with your healthcare provider prior to beginning treatment (see Capex and Breastfeeding).
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Capex Medication Information

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