Topical Corticosteroids (cont.)

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What formulations of topical corticosteroids are available?

Topical corticosteroids are available in:

  • cream,
  • ointment,
  • gel,
  • lotion,
  • solution,
  • foam,
  • spray,
  • shampoo,
  • oil, and
  • pads.

What about taking topical corticosteroids during pregnancy or while breastfeeding?

There is no evidence of safe and effective use of topical corticosteroids in pregnant mothers. Therefore, they should be used only if clearly needed. Long term use and large applications of topical corticosteroids may cause birth defects in the unborn. It is not known whether topical corticosteroids enter breast milk. Therefore, caution must be exercised before using it in nursing mothers. Topical corticosteroids should not be applied to the breasts of nursing mothers unless the mothers instructed to do so by the physician.

REFERENCE: FDA Prescribing Information.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 11/10/2014

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