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Lidex Warnings and Precautions

If you are pregnant, breastfeeding, or have certain allergies, make sure to tell your healthcare provider before using Lidex. Other precautions and warnings with this drug include the potential for drug interactions and other serious side effects. For instance, using this medicine for long periods of time may cause problems like diabetes or Cushing's syndrome.

What Should I Tell My Healthcare Provider?

You should talk with your healthcare provider prior to using Lidex® (fluocinonide) if you:
 
  • Are pregnant or thinking of becoming pregnant
  • Are breastfeeding
  • 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.
 

Specific Precautions and Warnings With Lidex

Some warnings and precautions to be aware of before using this medicine include:
 
  • Lidex is a steroid and can cause serious side effects, such as 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 Lidex. The more you apply and the longer you use the drug, the more likely these problems are to occur. Covering the medicine with a dressing (which is sometimes recommended) may also increase this risk.
 
  • If you use this medication for an extended period of time, 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 extremities)
    • High blood sugar levels.
 
  • Lidex can suppress the body's ability to make natural steroids. This typically happens when large doses are used over a long period of time. In such circumstances, Lidex 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, Lidex may slow down the growth rate of children and teenagers. Contact your child's healthcare provider if you are concerned about a slow growth rate in your child. In general, children may be more susceptible to the side effects of steroids. Close monitoring is necessary for any child receiving long-term steroids.
 
 
  • Lidex 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 Lidex and Pregnancy).
 
  • It is unknown if Lidex (when applied on the skin) 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 Lidex and Breastfeeding).
 

Lidex Drug Information

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