Who should not use topical steroids?

If you have any allergies to this type of medication or to any of the ingredients in the products, you should not use topical steroids. They should always be used sparingly because of the side effects that accompany these medications. In studies, the use of topical steroids has proven risky for children, the elderly, pregnant and breastfeeding mothers.

Certain medical conditions and medications may increase your risk for complications associated with topical steroids. These medical conditions include: human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection, herpes simplex infection of the eye, stomach ulcer, chicken pox, the measles, fungus infection, ulcerative colitis, Strongyloides (worm) infestation, kidney disease, kidney stones, recent surgery or serious injury, tuberculosis, diverticulitis, psychosis, glaucoma, diabetes mellitus, acquire immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS), osteoporosis, high blood pressure, liver disease, high cholesterol, myasthenia gravis, thyroid issues, heart disease and systemic lupus erythematosus and other infections.

Speak with your doctor before using topical steroids, since certain medications may affect their efficacy. These include: nilotinib, nelfinavir, quetiapine, aldesleukin, romidepsin, thalidomide, ritonavir, saquinavir, atazanavir, clarithromycin, sunitinib, temsirolimus, darunavir, nefazodone, bupropion, dasatinib, telithromycin, fosamprenavir, etravirine, ketoconazole, fluindione, gatifloxacin, indinavir, imatinib, itraconazole, lapatinib, live rotovirus vaccine, ixabepilone, asparaginase and tipranavir. Talk to your doctor about all of the possible interactions.

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