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Fluticasone topical Side Effects

For the Consumer

Applies to fluticasone topical: topical application cream, topical application lotion, topical application ointment

Along with its needed effects, fluticasone 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 fluticasone topical:

Less common
  • Burning, itching, redness, or stinging of the skin
  • hives or welts, skin rash
  • raised, dark red, wart-like spots on the skin, especially when used on the face
Rare
  • Burning, itching, and pain in hairy areas, pus at the root of the hair
Incidence not known
  • Darkening of the skin
  • diarrhea
  • dizziness
  • fainting
  • loss of appetite
  • mental depression
  • nausea
  • thinning of the skin with easy bruising, especially when used on the face or where the skin folds together (eg, between the fingers)
  • unusual tiredness or weakness
  • vomiting

Some side effects of fluticasone 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
  • Body aches or pain
  • change in hearing
  • chills
  • common cold
  • cough
  • difficulty with breathing
  • dry skin
  • ear congestion
  • ear drainage
  • earache or pain in the ear
  • fever
  • headache
  • increased hair growth on the forehead, back, arms, and legs
  • lightheadedness
  • loss of voice
  • nasal congestion
  • runny nose
  • sneezing
  • sore throat

For Healthcare Professionals

Applies to fluticasone topical: topical cream, topical lotion, topical ointment

Local

Common (1% to 10 %): Erythema, burning, stinging[Ref]

Endocrine

Very rare (less than 0.01%): Hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis suppression, Increased weight, obesity, delayed weight gain, growth retardation in children, cushingoid features (e.g. moon face, central obesity), decreased endogenous cortisol levels[Ref]

Nervous system

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

Dermatologic

Common (1% to 10%): Erythematous rash, facial telangiectasia, non-facial telangiectasia, urticaria, pruritus
Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Skin infection, infected eczema, impetigo, atopic dermatitis, eczema, skin irritation, folliculitis, blisters, dryness of skin, local skin burning
Frequency not reported: Irritation, folliculitis, acneiform eruptions, hypopigmentation, perioral dermatitis, allergic contact dermatitis, secondary infection, skin atrophy, striae, hypertrichosis, miliaria, pustular psoriasis[Ref]

Cardiovascular

Very rare (less than 0.01%): Hypertension[Ref]

Musculoskeletal

Very rare (less than 0.01%): Osteoporosis[Ref]

Ocular

Very rare (less than 0.01%): Cataract, glaucoma[Ref]

Immunologic

Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Viral warts, herpes simplex
Very rare (less than 0.01%): Opportunistic infections[Ref]

Hypersensitivity

Very rare (less than 0.01%): Hypersensitivity[Ref]

General

The most commonly reported side effects were erythema, burning, and stinging.[Ref]

References

1. "Product Information. Flovent (fluticasone)." Glaxo Wellcome, Research Triangle Park, NC.

2. "Product Information. Flonase (fluticasone)." Glaxo Wellcome, Research Triangle Park, NC.

3. "Product Information. Cutivate (fluticasone)." Glaxo Wellcome, Research Triangle Park, NC.

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

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

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