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alanjlamore
03-31-2005, 03:40 AM
Hey just curious if anyone knows about this steroid cream that's used to treat eczema.

I have eczema and it's been getting bad lately (flaring up) so my mother (who also has it) gave me some samples of Elocon cream .1%, that she gets from the doctor she works for.

I saw that to order this online, you don't need a "prior" prescription to get this, but I'm thinking that they will give you a prescription when you order.

My question is, since I might be changing jobs soon(still looking) does anyone know if this could show up on a drug test as steroids?

I'd hate to get popped for steroids without ever getting any of the benefits from them!
I've worked too hard to get where I am "naturally" to fail a drug test due to a skin cream with steroids, but I realy want to treat this eczema on my foot and arm.

elissalowe
04-01-2005, 03:11 PM
Hey just curious if anyone knows about this steroid cream that's used to treat eczema.

I have eczema and it's been getting bad lately (flaring up) so my mother (who also has it) gave me some samples of Elocon cream .1%, that she gets from the doctor she works for.

I saw that to order this online, you don't need a "prior" prescription to get this, but I'm thinking that they will give you a prescription when you order.

My question is, since I might be changing jobs soon(still looking) does anyone know if this could show up on a drug test as steroids?

I'd hate to get popped for steroids without ever getting any of the benefits from them!
I've worked too hard to get where I am "naturally" to fail a drug test due to a skin cream with steroids, but I realy want to treat this eczema on my foot and arm.
I don't think you need to be concerned about using Elocon - at least from a drug testing perspective...

As far as employment drug testing is concerned, most employers screen for the five types of psychoactive drugs identified by NIDA (National Institute of Drug Abuse). These are: marijuana, cocaine, amphetamines, opiates, and phencyclidine. Testing for alcohol may or may not be included (transportation-related employers will screen for this). It's doubtful that an employer would screen for anabolic steroids in the absence of any legitimate reason to do so.

In addition, while Elocon is classified as a "steroid" it is not chemically related to anabolic steroids. It's a synthetic corticosteroid. Corticosteroids mimic hormones produced in the adrenal cortex: mineralocorticoid (aldosterone) or glucocorticoid (cortisol). They're used in the treatment of inflammatory and autoimmune conditions. They're basically catabolic, rather than anabolic (sorry!).

Corticosteroids are also restricted substances for athletes, since they can be used to mask injuries and also can enhance performance in endurance events by keeping blood glucose elevated, stimulating lipolysis and easing stress on joints (see: http://www.mesomorphosis.com/articles/arnold/miscellaneous-ergogens.htm); but exemptions are made for topicals (see: http://www.usaswimming.org/USASWeb/ViewMiscArticle.aspx?TabId=339&Alias=Rainbow&Lang=en-US&mid=491&ItemId=367).

In any event, the tests for anabolic steroids vs. corticosteroids are different, and your use of a poorly absorbed corticosteroid compound (see: http://www.drugs.com/PDR/Elocon_Cream_0_1_.html: "...approximately 0.4% of the applied dose of ELOCON Cream 0.1% enters the circulation after 8 hours of contact on normal skin without occlusion..."), is extremely unlikely to generate a false positive result, in the extremely unlikely situation of a drug test for the presence of anabolic steroids.

Hope the eczema clears up soon!