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Elocon Side Effects

Generic Name: mometasone topical

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

For the Consumer

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

Along with its needed effects, mometasone topical (the active ingredient contained in Elocon) 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 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 side effects of mometasone 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

  • 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

General

The most commonly reported side effects were shininess, telangiectasia, loss of elasticity, loss of normal skin markings, thinness, and folliculitis.[Ref]

Endocrine

Frequency not reported: Hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis suppression, Cushing's syndrome[Ref]

Dermatologic

Common (1% to 10%): Shininess, telangiectasia, loss of elasticity, loss of normal skin markings, thinness, folliculitis

Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Papular and pustular formations

Frequency not reported: Acneiform reactions, furunculosis, skin atrophy, unspecified skin disorder, bacterial skin infection, hypertrichosis, hypopigmentation, perioral dermatitis, allergic contact dermatitis, secondary infection, striae, miliaria, rosacea[Ref]

Local

Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Erythema, abscess, increased lesion size, pimples

Frequency not reported: Burning, pruritus, tingling/stinging, irritation, dryness, itching, application site pain, application site reactions[Ref]

Nervous system

Frequency not reported: Paraesthesia, intracranial hypertension (including bulging fontanelles, headaches, bilateral papilledema)[Ref]

Metabolic

Frequency not reported: Hyperglycemia, glucosuria[Ref]

References

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

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

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

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.

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