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Serious and Long-Term Reactions to Ultravate

Side Effects to Report

Some reactions to Ultravate are potentially serious and should be reported immediately to your healthcare provider. These include but are not limited to:
 
  • High blood pressure (hypertension)
  • High blood sugar (hyperglycemia) or diabetes
  • Infections
  • Ruptured tendons
  • Psychotic reactions, such as hallucinations or extreme aggression
  • Glaucoma
  • Severe fluid retention
  • Signs of an allergic reaction, such as:
 
    • An unexplained rash
    • Hives
    • Itching
    • Unexplained swelling
    • Difficulty breathing or swallowing.
 
In general, these problems are unlikely to occur when Ultravate is used as directed for a short time (two weeks or less). Applying too much, over too large an area, and for extended periods may increase the risk for serious steroid side effects.
 

Long-Term Ultravate Side Effects

Using steroids like Ultravate over long periods can cause a different set of side effects. These reactions are most likely to be seen in people who use this medicine over a large area of the body for a long time (more than two weeks). Some of the problems seen with long-term use might include:
 
  • Suppression of the immune system, perhaps leading to infections or other problems
  • Weight gain
  • Bulging eyes
  • Fluid retention
  • Osteoporosis
  • Loss of muscle
  • Fat deposits on the face and back, causing a round face and a fatty hump on the back of the neck
  • Diabetes
  • Cataracts
  • Stunted growth (in children).
 
Ultravate is a highly potent steroid and is probably more likely to cause these side effects, compared to less potent steroids. This is why the drug is recommended only for short-term use (two weeks or less).
 

Ultravate Medication Information

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