Topical Corticosteroids (cont.)

What are examples topical corticosteroids of available in the US?

Topical corticosteroids are grouped according to their potency:

  1. Very high potency: betamethasone dipropionate Diprolene), clobetasol propionate (Clobex, Temovate, Olux), diflorasone diacetate, fluocinonide (Vanos), and halobetasol propionate (Ultravate).
  2. High potency: amcinonide (Cylocort), desoximetasone (Topicort, Topicort LP), halcinonide (Halog), and triamcinolone acetonide (Kenalog).
  3. Medium potency: betamethasone valerate (Luxiq), clocortolone pivalate (Cloderm), fluocinolone acetonide (Synalar), flurandrenolide (Cordran), fluocinonide (Lidex), fluticasone propionate (Cutivate), hydrocortisone butyrate (Locoid), hydrocortisone valerate (Westcort), mometasone furoate (Elocon), and prednicarbate (Dermatop).
  4. Low potency: alclometasone dipropionate (Aclovate), desonide (Desowen, Verdeso), and hydrocortisone (Hytone).

What are the side effects of topical corticosteroids?

Common side effects of topical corticosteroids are:

  • itching,
  • burning,
  • irritation,
  • redness, and
  • dryness.

Long term use can lead to loss of skin tone, deterioration of skin cells, and risk of infections.

What drugs interact with topical corticosteroids?

The risk of topical corticosteroids interacting with other drugs is low, and they do not have significant interactions with other drugs. Administration of other topical medications should be separated from administration of topical corticosteroid to avoid any potential interaction and diminished effect.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 11/10/2014


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