Dermatop Warnings and Precautions
Because Dermatop is a steroid, certain precautions must be taken during treatment. For example, its use should be limited to a short period (two to four weeks) to reduce the risk of serious side effects, and it should not be covered with a bandage unless your healthcare provider recommends. Warnings with Dermatop also apply to women who are breastfeeding or are pregnant.
What Should I Tell My Healthcare Provider?You should talk with your healthcare provider prior to taking Dermatop® (prednicarbate) if you:
- Are breastfeeding
- Are pregnant or thinking of becoming pregnant
- Have any allergies, including to food, dyes, or preservatives.
You should also be sure to tell your healthcare provider about all of the medicines you take, including prescription and nonprescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.
Specific Warnings and Precautions With DermatopSome warnings and precautions to be aware of prior to using this medication include the following:
- Dermatop is a steroid and it can cause serious side effects. Although such problems are more likely to occur with oral or injected steroids, they are still possible with topical steroids, such as this one. The more you apply and the longer you use the drug, the more likely these problems become. Covering the medications with a dressing, which is sometimes recommended, may also increase the risk.
- Like other steroids, Dermatop can suppress the body's ability to make natural steroids. Usually, this happens when large doses are used over a long period. In such circumstances, Dermatop should be stopped very 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 off it.
- If you use this medication for an extended period, be sure to watch for any signs of Cushing's syndrome (a group of symptoms caused by prolonged exposure to steroids), 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.
Let your healthcare provider know if you think you have signs of this problem.
- Like all steroids, Dermatop 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.
- Dermatop can potentially react with a few other medications (see Dermatop Drug Interactions).
- 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 Dermatop and Pregnancy).
- It is unknown if Dermatop passes through breast milk. Therefore, if you are breastfeeding or plan to start, discuss this with your healthcare provider prior to using the drug (see Dermatop and Breastfeeding).