Precautions and Warnings With Diflorasone Emollient Cream
Diflorasone emollient cream is a type of steroid, which may cause problems if it is used in high doses or for long periods. For instance, some safety precautions with diflorasone emollient cream include possible warnings of complications with long-term use, such as diabetes or Cushing's syndrome. Also, this skin medicine should not be combined with certain products and may not be safe for pregnant or breastfeeding women.
You should talk with your healthcare provider prior to using diflorasone emollient cream (ApexiCon® E Cream) 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.
Some warnings and precautions to be aware of before using this medicine include the following:
- Like other steroids, diflorasone emollient cream 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 cream with a dressing may also increase the risk.
- 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.
- Diflorasone emollient cream 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 medicine 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 the oral steroid.
- Like all steroids, diflorasone emollient cream 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.
- If you develop a skin infection while using diflorasone emollient cream, you will need to be treated with appropriate antibiotics or antifungal medications. If the infection does not clear up, you may need to stop using this product.
- Diflorasone emollient cream may react with a few other medications (see Drug Interactions With Diflorasone Emollient Cream).
- 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 ApexiCon E Cream and Pregnancy).
- It is unknown if diflorasone emollient cream 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 ApexiCon E Cream and Breastfeeding).