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Lidex Overdose

If someone uses too much Lidex (fluocinonide), it may cause symptoms of Cushing's syndrome, such as a rounded face, unusual body fat distribution, and high blood sugar levels. Also, long-term use of this drug can cause the body to stop making its own natural steroids. Treating this type of overdose will likely include supportive care to treat any symptoms that occur.

Can You Use Too Much Lidex?

Lidex® (fluocinonide) is a prescription skin medication used to treat itching and inflammation due to a wide variety of skin conditions. It belongs to a group of medications known as topical steroids. As with most medications, it is possible to use too much Lidex. However, serious problems are most likely to occur when large doses are used over a prolonged period of time.

Effects of an Overdose

Long-term use of high doses of this medicine can cause Cushing's syndrome, which is a group of symptoms caused by prolonged exposure to steroids. Let your healthcare provider know if you develop any signs or symptoms of this problem, including:
  • A rounded face
  • Unusual body fat distribution (more fat in the trunk, face, and neck, and less fat in the extremities)
  • High blood sugar levels.
Applying large amounts of Lidex for long periods of time may cause serious side effects. As with all steroids, large doses of Lidex may decrease the body's ability to produce natural steroids. This can cause serious problems, especially if this medicine is stopped too quickly and the body has not had a chance to begin making its own natural steroids again. If you realize that you have been using this medicine for an extended period of time, do not suddenly stop using it.

Treating a Lidex Overdose

Treatment for a Lidex overdose will involve supportive care, which consists of treating any symptoms that occur as a result of the overdose. In addition, if you have been using large doses of this medication for a long period of time, treatment will usually consist of gradually decreasing the dosage (instead of an abrupt withdrawal, which can cause problems).

Lidex Drug Information

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