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Halcinonide Side Effects

Possible 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 halcinonide, includes only vague information on potential side effects. Therefore, it can be difficult to know exactly how often these adverse reactions occur.
 
Common side effects of all topical steroids, including halcinonide, include but are not limited to:
 
  • Weakening and thinning of the skin
  • Acne
  • Decreased skin pigmentation
  • Dryness
  • 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
  • Rash around the mouth
  • Stretch marks
  • Heat rash.
 
Side effects are more likely to occur if you cover halcinonide with a bandage, as this increases the absorption of the medication. Do not cover the medication unless your healthcare provider specifically tells you to do so.
 

Long-Term Side Effects of Halcinonide

Using steroids like halcinonide over long periods can cause a different set of side effects. These reactions are most likely to be seen in people who use this medicine over a large area of the body for a long time. Some of the problems seen with long-term use might include:
 
  • 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).
 
Keep in mind that these reactions are more common with systemic steroids, which are taken by mouth or injection, and are probably rare with halcinonide when used as directed and for a short time.
 

Halcinonide Drug Information

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