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Fluocinolone Shampoo Side Effects

Common Side Effects

For many medications, particularly newly approved medications, the prescribing information carefully explains the exact percentage of side effects that were seen in clinical trials. However, the prescribing information for almost all older medications, including fluocinolone shampoo, includes relatively vague side effect information. Therefore, it can be difficult to know exactly how frequently such problems occur.
 
Common side effects of all topical steroids, including fluocinolone shampoo, include but are not limited to:
 
  • Drying
  • Inflammation or infection of skin follicles (folliculitis)
  • Increased sweating
  • Burning
  • Itching
  • Irritation
  • Allergic contact dermatitis (allergic skin reactions)
  • Soft, whitened skin, much like skin that is constantly wet
  • Weakening and thinning of the skin
  • Acne
  • Decreased skin pigmentation
  • Rash around the mouth
  • Stretch marks
  • Heat rash.
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Long-Term Fluocinolone Shampoo Side Effects

Using steroids like fluocinolone shampoo for a long time can cause a different set of side effects. These reactions are more likely to be seen in people who overuse fluocinolone shampoo and might include:
 
  • Suppression of the immune system, perhaps leading to infections or other problems
  • Weight gain
  • Bulging eyes
  • Fluid retention
  • Osteoporosis
  • Loss of muscle
  • Fat deposits on the face and back, causing a round face and a fatty hump on the back of the neck
  • Diabetes
  • Cataracts
  • Stunted growth (in children).
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Final Thoughts

You may experience some or none of the fluocinolone shampoo side effects listed in this article. Unfortunately, there is no way for your healthcare provider to know beforehand if you will have problems with a medicine that you have never tried.
 
Therefore, make sure to let your healthcare provider know if you develop any side effects while using fluocinolone shampoo. Also, let your healthcare provider know if you develop something that "just does not seem right." While it may not be related to the medication, your healthcare provider will be able to diagnose and treat the problem.
 

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