Serious and Long-Term Reactions to Clobex
Some side effects of steroids, such as Clobex, are potentially serious and should be reported immediately to your healthcare provider. These include but are not limited to:
- High blood pressure (hypertension)
- High blood sugar (hyperglycemia) or diabetes
- Ruptured tendons
- Psychotic reactions, such as hallucinations or extreme aggression
- Severe fluid retention
- Signs of an allergic reaction, such as:
- Unexplained rash
- Unexplained swelling.
In general, these serious reactions are extremely unlikely to occur when Clobex is used as directed for a short time (four weeks or less). Applying too much over too large an area and for too long may increase the risk of serious steroid side effects.
Using steroids like Clobex over a long time can cause a different set of side effects. These problems are most likely to be seen in people that use the drug over a large area of the body for a long time (more than two weeks) and might include:
- Suppression of the immune system (perhaps leading to infections or other problems)
- Weight gain
- Bulging eyes
- Fluid retention
- Loss of muscle
- Fat deposits on the face and back, causing a round face and a fatty hump on the back of the neck
- Stunted growth (in children).
Clobex is a highly potent steroid and is probably more likely to cause these side effects, compared to less potent steroids. This is why Clobex is recommended for short-term use only (four weeks or less).