Can Lidex Cream Be Used during Pregnancy and Breastfeeding
Lidex cream, whose active ingredient is powerful corticosteroid called fluocinonide, is a high-potency remedy for eczema, rash, dermatitis, and other skin conditions. Its use has been approved by the FDA and it has become a popular and preferred remedy for various skin problems because of its high potency. The power that the cream yields, however, is not without a downside. There are several side effects that may occur when this cream is used and prolonged use of this cream may cause systemic effects that can be dangerous. There are also parts of the body where this cream should not be applied. One of the biggest concerns regarding this cream is its possibility to cause adverse effects to pregnant and breastfeeding women and their baby. If you want to use this cream to treat your skin problem, always consult a doctor beforehand because you never know what this cream can do to your body. This is important especially if you want to use lidex cream during pregnancy and breastfeeding period.
Possible Side Effects of Using Lidex Cream
When used normally, lidex cream may cause several side effects, such as itching, burning and skin atrophy (skin thinning). Those side effects normally occur and your doctor may have already told you about the possibility of their occurrence when she gives you the prescription. If you perceive the symptoms, just put up with them until they diminish or take necessary measure as recommended by your doctor. If the symptoms become unbearable or if there is an indication that they will get more severe, consult your doctor immediately.
Systemic Side Effects Caused by Lidex Cream
When used over a long period of time, lidex cream may cause systemic effects. This is due to its being absorbed by your body. Some patients have reported such systemic effects as HPA suppression, hyperglycemia, glucosuria, and Cushing’s syndrome. Consult your doctor when those systemic effects have started to manifest.
Skin Conditions in Which the Use of Lidex Cream Should Be Avoided
It is not recommended to use lidex cream on the following body parts: face, underarm and groin areas. You can still use the cream to treat skin problems that occur in those areas; however, be sure to consult your doctor beforehand to get advices regarding how to use this cream in those areas. You should also avoid using this cream if the skin problem you want to treat has already been infected, because the cream may exacerbate the infection.
Precautions for Pregnant and Nursing Women Who Want to Use the Cream
The systemic effects caused by the application of this cream are considered dangerous for pregnant women and their baby. Hyperglycemia, for instance, may cause birth defect, macrosomia and still birth. It is possible for them to use the cream for a short period of time; however, if they want to use it for longer than two weeks, they have to use it with caution. Even if they want to use it for a short period of time, they still need to talk with their doctor beforehand to make sure that the use of this cream will not endanger them and their baby.