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Aclovate Side Effects

Generic name: alclometasone topical

Medically reviewed by Last updated on Dec 3, 2020.

Note: This document contains side effect information about alclometasone topical. Some of the dosage forms listed on this page may not apply to the brand name Aclovate.

For the Consumer

Applies to alclometasone topical: external cream, external ointment

What are some side effects that I need to call my doctor about right away?

WARNING/CAUTION: Even though it may be rare, some people may have very bad and sometimes deadly side effects when taking a drug. Tell your doctor or get medical help right away if you have any of the following signs or symptoms that may be related to a very bad side effect:

  • Signs of an allergic reaction, like rash; hives; itching; red, swollen, blistered, or peeling skin with or without fever; wheezing; tightness in the chest or throat; trouble breathing, swallowing, or talking; unusual hoarseness; or swelling of the mouth, face, lips, tongue, or throat.
  • Signs of high blood sugar like confusion, feeling sleepy, more thirst, more hungry, passing urine more often, flushing, fast breathing, or breath that smells like fruit.
  • Signs of a weak adrenal gland like a very bad upset stomach or throwing up, very bad dizziness or passing out, muscle weakness, feeling very tired, mood changes, not hungry, or weight loss.
  • Signs of Cushing's disease like weight gain in the upper back or belly, moon face, very bad headache, or slow healing.
  • Change in color of skin.
  • Skin changes (pimples, stretch marks, slow healing, hair growth).
  • Irritation where this drug is used.

What are some other side effects of this drug?

All drugs may cause side effects. However, many people have no side effects or only have minor side effects. Call your doctor or get medical help if you have any side effects that bother you or do not go away.

These are not all of the side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, call your doctor. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects.

You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-332-1088. You may also report side effects at

For Healthcare Professionals

Applies to alclometasone topical: topical cream, topical ointment


The most commonly reported side effects were itching, burning, erythema, dryness, irritation, and papular rashes.[Ref]


Frequency not reported: Cushings syndrome[Ref]


Common (1% to 10%): Papular rash

Frequency not reported: Folliculitis, acneiform eruptions, hypopigmentation, perioral dermatitis, allergic contact dermatitis, striae, miliaria, secondary infection, hypertrichosis, skin maceration, skin atrophy[Ref]


Common (1% to 10%): Itching, burning, erythema, dryness, irritation

Rare (less than 0.1%): Stinging[Ref]


Frequency not reported: Hyperglycemia[Ref]


Frequency not reported: Glucosuria[Ref]

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1. Cerner Multum, Inc. "Australian Product Information." O 0

2. "Product Information. Aclovate (alclometasone topical)." Glaxo Wellcome, Research Triangle Pk, NC.

3. Cerner Multum, Inc. "UK Summary of Product Characteristics." O 0

Further information

Always consult your healthcare provider to ensure the information displayed on this page applies to your personal circumstances.

Some side effects may not be reported. You may report them to the FDA.