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Elocon Side Effects

Generic name: mometasone topical

Medically reviewed by Last updated on Aug 17, 2023.

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

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

Serious side effects of Elocon

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

Incidence not known

Other side effects of Elocon

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

Incidence not known

For Healthcare Professionals

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


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


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


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]


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]


Frequency not reported: Hyperglycemia, glucosuria[Ref]


1. Product Information. Elocon (mometasone topical). Schering Corporation. 2001;PROD.

2. Cerner Multum, Inc. UK Summary of Product Characteristics.

3. Cerner Multum, Inc. Australian Product Information.

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.