Elocon Side Effects

Generic Name: mometasone topical

Note: This page contains information about the side effects of mometasone topical. Some of the dosage forms included on this document may not apply to the brand name Elocon.

Not all side effects for Elocon may be reported. You should always consult a doctor or healthcare professional for medical advice. Side effects can be reported to the FDA here.

For the Consumer

Applies to mometasone topical: topical application cream, topical application lotion, topical application ointment, topical application solution

In addition to its needed effects, some unwanted effects may be caused by mometasone topical (the active ingredient contained in Elocon). In the event that any of these side effects do occur, they may require medical attention.

You should check with your doctor immediately if any of these side effects occur when taking mometasone topical:

Less common
  • Burning
  • itching
  • thinning of the skin with easy bruising, especially when used on the face or where the skin folds together (e.g. between the fingers)
Incidence not known
  • Dryness
  • irritation
  • redness and scaling around the mouth

Some of the side effects that can occur with mometasone topical may not need medical attention. As your body adjusts to the medicine during treatment these side effects may go away. Your health care professional may also be able to tell you about ways to reduce or prevent some of these side effects. If any of the following side effects continue, are bothersome or if you have any questions about them, check with your health care professional:

Less common
  • Acne or pimples
  • burning, itching, and pain in hairy areas, or pus at the root of the hair
  • dry mouth
  • loss of elasticity
  • loss of normal skin markings
  • raised, dark red, and wart-like spots on the skin, especially when used on the face
  • shininess
Incidence not known
  • Burning and itching of the skin with pinhead-sized red blisters
  • increased hair growth on the forehead, back, arms, and legs
  • lightening of normal skin color
  • lightening of treated areas of dark skin
  • reddish purple lines on the arms, face, legs, trunk, or groin

For Healthcare Professionals

Applies to mometasone topical: topical cream, topical lotion, topical ointment, topical solution


Mometasone topical (the active ingredient contained in Elocon) is generally well tolerated and adverse effects have been limited to dermatologic symptoms.[Ref]


Dermatologic side effects have included burning, pruritus, and skin atrophy. Rosacea has been reported.[Ref]


Mometasone preparations may cause reversible endocrine side effects in some individuals. Patients using mometasone topical (the active ingredient contained in Elocon) on large areas, for extended periods of time, or with occlusive dressings should be monitored periodically for hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis suppression.[Ref]


1. "Product Information. Elocon (mometasone topical)." Schering Corporation, Kenilworth, NJ.

2. Veien NK, Larsen PO, ThestrupPedersen K, Schou G "Long-term, intermittent treatment of chronic hand eczema with mometasone furoate." Br J Dermatol 140 (1999): 882-6

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