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Side Effects
Serious

Failure of skin to heal; severe burning and continued itching of skin. Seek medical assistance immediately.
Common

Burning, itching, irritation, redness, dryness, acne, stinging and cracking of skin.
Less Common

Prolonged use, especially in covered areas, may produce blistering and pus near hair follicles, unusual bleeding or easy bruising, darkening or prominence of small surface veins, or increased susceptibility to infection.
Alclometasone


Drug Class:
Topical corticosteroid

Available OTC?: No

Available Generic?: No


Available In
Why Prescribed
How It Works
Range and Frequency
Onset of Effect
Duration of Action
Dietary Advice
Storage
Missed Dose
Stopping the Drug
Prolonged Use
Over 60
Driving and Hazardous Work
Alcohol
Pregnancy
Breast Feeding
Infants and Children
Special Concerns
Overdose Symptoms
What to Do
Drug Interactions
Food Interactions
Disease Interactions


Available In
Cream, ointment

Why Prescribed
To relieve swelling, itching, redness, and other kinds of discomfort associated with certain skin conditions.

How It Works
Alclometasone appears to interfere with the formation of natural substances within the body that are directly responsible for the process of inflammation, which produces swelling, redness, and itching.

Range and Frequency
Apply sparingly (as a thin film), two or three times a day, only to the specific areas of skin where it is needed. Prior to application, wash or soak the affected area and allow it to dry; this may improve the absorption of the medication.

Onset of Effect
Rapid, but may take 24 to 48 hours to see the effect.

Duration of Action
Unknown.

Dietary Advice
No special precautions.

Storage
Store in a tightly sealed container away from heat and direct light.

Missed Dose
Apply it as soon as you remember. If it is close to the next application, skip the missed dose and resume your regular dosage schedule as prescribed.

Stopping the Drug
Take it as prescribed for the full treatment period, even if you begin to feel better before the scheduled end of therapy. For some conditions, you may be directed to taper off the medication if symptoms and rash abate.

Prolonged Use
See your doctor regularly for tests and examinations if you must use this drug for a prolonged period; use of this drug for more than 14 days is generally not recommended unless your doctor advises otherwise. Avoid prolonged use, particularly near the eyes, on the face in general, on genital or rectal areas, or in the folds of the skin.

Over 60
Side effects may be more likely and more severe in elderly patients; therapy with topical corticosteroids should therefore be brief and infrequent.

Driving and Hazardous Work
Use of alclometasone should not impair your ability to perform such tasks safely.

Alcohol
No special precautions are necessary.

Pregnancy
Should not be used for prolonged periods by pregnant women or by women trying to become pregnant.

Breast Feeding
Although problems have not been documented, caution is advised. Do not apply to breasts prior to nursing.

Infants and Children
Should not be used for more than two weeks on children and adolescents, unless otherwise directed by your doctor. Do not use tight-fitting diapers or plastic pants on children when treating skin irritation in the diaper area.

Special Concerns
Do not use alclometasone longer or more frequently than recommended by your doctor. Do not use it for other skin problems without a doctor's approval. Do not bandage or otherwise wrap the skin unless directed by your doctor. Wash the skin gently and allow it to dry and cool before applying. Be careful not to get the medicine in your eyes; if you do, flush your eyes with water. Wash hands after applying it with your fingers. Do not apply it to the face, mucous membranes, armpits, groin, or under breasts unless your doctor so directs. When treating a hairy site, part the hair and apply directly to the lesion.

Overdose Symptoms
No cases of overdose have been reported.

What to Do
An overdose of alclometasone is unlikely. However, in the event of accidental ingestion, call your doctor, emergency medical services (EMS), or the nearest poison control center immediately.

Drug Interactions
Do not mix topical alclometasone with other products, especially alcohol-containing preparations (which include colognes, aftershave, and many moisturizer lotions), since this may cause dryness and irritation, or increase the risk of an allergic reaction. Consult your doctor if you are taking antifungal agents or antibiotics.

Food Interactions
No known food interactions.

Disease Interactions
Consult your doctor if you have cataracts; diabetes mellitus; glaucoma; infection, sores, or ulcerations of the skin; infection elsewhere in your body; or tuberculosis.

Date Published: 04/13/2005
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