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Dermatop Side Effects

Although most people have no problems when using Dermatop, side effects are possible, and may include spider veins, itching, and thinning of the skin. Because it is a steroid, Dermatop can cause specific (albeit rare) problems if used for too long and over too large an area of the body. Such problems include unexplained weight gain, bulging eyes, and osteoporosis.

An Introduction to Dermatop Side Effects

As with any medicine, side effects are possible with Dermatop® (prednicarbate). However, not everyone who uses the medication will experience 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 Dermatop. Your healthcare provider can discuss a more complete list with you.)
 

Reported Side Effects of Dermatop

Dermatop has been studied thoroughly in clinical trials. In some of these studies, the side effects that occurred in a group of people using the drug were documented and compared to those that occurred in a similar group of people given a placebo (a cream or ointment with no active ingredient). This way, it is possible to see what side effects occurred, how often they appeared, and how they compared to the groups using the placebo.
 
However, not all of the Dermatop studies used a placebo (this is especially true for the studies in children).
 
In the studies, common side effects of Dermatop included:
 
  • Shiny skin -- in up to 3 percent of people
  • Spider veins -- up to 5 percent
  • Thinning of the skin -- up to 3 percent.
     
Other, less commonly reported side effects included:
 
  • Itching
  • Swelling
  • Numbness or tingling
  • Hives
  • Allergic reactions
  • Rash
  • Drying and scaling
  • Cracked skin
  • Pain.
     
Adverse reactions are more likely to occur if you cover Dermatop with a bandage, as this increases the absorption of the medication. Do not cover the medication unless your healthcare provider specifically tells you to do so.
 

Dermatop Medication Information

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