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Safety update: more on topical steroid severe adverse effects

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Key learning points

  • Topical steroids are safe and effective in the management of inflammatory skin conditions.

  • Serious adverse reactions may occur after stopping a topical steroid following long-term use.

  • The risk of a severe adverse reaction increases with the potency as well as the amount and duration of topical steroid use.

In the May issue of its Drug Safety Update, the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) announced that topical steroids will be labelled with their potency and reminds healthcare professionals of the risk of severe adverse effects including withdrawal reactions.1


Topical steroids are effective in the management of inflammatory skin conditions including eczema, contact dermatitis and psoriasis, and work by suppressing the inflammatory reaction. …

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