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Fluocinolone topical Side Effects

Some side effects of fluocinolone topical may not be reported. Always consult your doctor or healthcare specialist for medical advice. You may also report side effects to the FDA.

For the Consumer

Applies to fluocinolone topical: topical application cream, topical application gel/jelly, topical application kit, topical application lotion, topical application oil, topical application ointment, topical application shampoo, topical application solution

Along with its needed effects, fluocinolone topical may cause some unwanted effects. Although not all of these side effects may occur, if they do occur they may need medical attention.

Check with your doctor immediately if any of the following side effects occur while taking fluocinolone topical:

More common
  • Body aches or pain
  • congestion
  • cough
  • dryness or soreness of the throat
  • fever
  • headache
  • hoarseness
  • lightening of normal skin color
  • lightening of treated areas of dark skin
  • sore throat
  • stuffy or runny nose
  • tender, swollen glands in the neck
  • trouble swallowing
  • unusual tiredness or weakness
  • voice changes
Less common
  • Acne or pimples
  • accumulation of pus
  • blistering, crusting, irritation, itching, or reddening of the skin
  • burning, itching, and pain in hairy areas, or pus at the root of the hair
  • burning and itching of the skin with pinhead-sized red blisters
  • change in hearing
  • cracked, dry, scaly skin
  • diarrhea
  • dry skin
  • earache or pain in the ear
  • ear drainage
  • flushing or redness of the skin
  • darkening of the skin
  • itching, scaling, severe redness, soreness, or swelling of the skin
  • itchy, raised, round, smooth, skin-colored bumps found on just one area of the body
  • ooze thick white fluid
  • raised, dark red, wart-like spots on skin, especially when used on the face
  • redness or swelling in the ear
  • skin irritation
  • skin rash, encrusted, scaly and oozing
  • spots on your skin resembling a blister or pimple
  • swelling
  • swollen, red, tender area of infection
  • thickened patches of the skin
  • vomiting
Incidence not known
  • Redness and scaling around the mouth
  • thinning, weakness, or wasting away of the skin

Some side effects of fluocinolone topical may occur that usually do not need medical attention. These side effects may go away during treatment as your body adjusts to the medicine. Also, your health care professional may be able to tell you about ways to prevent or reduce some of these side effects. Check with your health care professional if any of the following side effects continue or are bothersome or if you have any questions about them:

Less common
  • Changes in skin color
  • shiny skin
Incidence not known
  • increased hair growth on the forehead, back, arms, and legs
  • reddish purple lines on the arms, face, legs, trunk, or groin
  • softening of the skin

For Healthcare Professionals

Applies to fluocinolone topical: compounding powder, topical cream, topical kit, topical lotion, topical oil, topical ointment, topical shampoo, topical solution

Local

Local side effects of fluocinolone have commonly included burning, itching, or irritation, especially when applied to denuded skin. Long-term use of topical corticosteroids has resulted in skin atrophy and thinning, and the development of striae, telangiectasia, subcutaneous hemorrhage, and easy bruising and bleeding. Allergic contact dermatitis has been occasionally reported.

Skin atrophy may become evident within one to two months of use and is due to the inhibitory effect of corticosteroids on collagen formation. Skin on the face, axillae, and groin appear to be most susceptible to the adverse, long-term effects of topical fluocinolone. Use of high potency topical corticosteroids on these areas should be minimized or avoided.

Topical corticosteroid use may inhibit local immune response rendering the skin more susceptible to infections. Folliculitis has occasionally been reported.

Perioral dermatitis or rosacea-like dermatitis has occurred in patients treated with potent topical corticosteroids who are of seborrheic skin type. This condition may flare temporarily upon discontinuation of topical steroids, prompting patients to continue their use. If topical corticosteroids are discontinued, this flare and the initial dermatitis generally resolves over a few weeks.

Endocrine

Endocrine side effects have included the rare suppression the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis. This suppression has been more likely when higher potency topical corticosteroids were used over extensive areas and when occlusive dressings were used.

Ocular

Ocular side effects have included the development of glaucoma in a young male who applied the steroid to his eyelids for a period of several years.

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