Before you begin using a medication, be sure to inform your doctor of any medical conditions or allergies you may have, any medications you are taking, whether you are pregnant or breast-feeding, and any other significant facts about your health. These factors may affect how you should use this medication.
Infections: You may experience an infection in the treated area while using a topical (skin-applied) corticosteroid. If you notice any new symptoms while you are using this medication, contact your doctor for instruction regarding treatment.
Internal absorption: Absorption of topical corticosteroids into the body will increase if large areas are treated or if dressings that don't breathe are used. If you need to use the medication in this way, speak to your doctor about what precautions you should take. This is especially important for infants and children.
Latex condoms: Contact between this medication and latex condoms must be avoided, since a component of the medication can cause latex to break apart or leak.
Pregnancy: The medication should not be used during pregnancy unless the benefits outweigh the risks. If you become pregnant while taking this medication, contact your doctor immediately.
Breast-feeding: It is not known if prednicarbate passes into breast milk. If you are a breast-feeding mother and are taking this medication, it may affect your baby. Talk to your doctor about whether you should continue breast-feeding.
Children: It is not known whether the ointment form of this medication is safe and effective for use on children. The cream form is considered safe for use on children and infants. Children may be more likely to experience side effects from this medication. The risk of side effects increases when large body areas are treated, when treatment lasts for a long time, and when dressings that don't breathe are used. In these situations, side effects similar to those caused by oral corticosteroids (e.g., growth suppression) may occur. Talk to your doctor about what precautions should be taken in these cases. Prednicarbate should not be used to treat diaper rash.