Generic Name: fluocinolone (FLOO-oh-SIN-oh-lone)
Brand Name: DermOtic
Fluocinolone drops are used for:
Treating eczema of the outer ear. It may also be used for other conditions as determined by your doctor.
Fluocinolone drops are a topical corticosteroid. It works by decreasing inflammation.
Do NOT use fluocinolone drops if:
- you are allergic to any ingredient in fluocinolone drops
- you have a perforated eardrum or tubes in your ears
Contact your doctor or health care provider right away if any of these apply to you.
Before using fluocinolone drops:
Some medical conditions may interact with fluocinolone drops. Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have any medical conditions, especially if any of the following apply to you:
- if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding
- if you are taking any prescription or nonprescription medicine, herbal preparation, or dietary supplement
- if you have allergies to medicines, foods, or other substances
- if you are allergic to peanuts
- if you have measles, chickenpox, or tuberculosis
- if you have hardening or thinning of the skin, or a skin infection
- if you have recently been vaccinated or you have had a positive tuberculin skin test
Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with fluocinolone drops. Because little, if any, of fluocinolone drops are absorbed into the blood, the risk of it interacting with another medicine is low.
Ask your health care provider if fluocinolone drops may interact with other medicines that you take. Check with your health care provider before you start, stop, or change the dose of any medicine.
How to use fluocinolone drops:
Use fluocinolone drops as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.
- Wash your hands before and after using fluocinolone drops.
- Lie down or tilt your head so that the affected ear faces up. For adults, gently pull the earlobe up and back to straighten the ear canal. For children, gently pull the earlobe down and back to straighten the ear canal. Drop the medicine into the ear canal. Keep the ear facing up for several minutes so the medicine can run to the bottom of the ear canal. A clean cotton plug may be gently inserted into the ear canal to prevent medicine from leaking out.
- Gently pat away any extra medicine that may be dripping out of the ear with a clean cotton ball.
- To prevent germs from getting into your medicine, do not touch the applicator to any surface, including the ear. Keep the container tightly closed.
- Do not apply fluocinolone drops to the face unless your doctor tells you otherwise.
- Do not cover the treated area unless your doctor tells you otherwise.
- If you miss a dose of fluocinolone drops, use it as soon as possible. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not use 2 doses at once.
Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use fluocinolone drops.
Important safety information:
- Fluocinolone drops are for use in the ear only. Do not get it in your eyes, nose, or mouth. If you get it in any of these areas, rinse right away with cool water.
- Fluocinolone drops contains refined peanut oil. However, fluocinolone drops has not been known to cause an allergic reaction in patients who have a peanut allergy. If you are allergic to peanuts and have questions about using fluocinolone drops, check with your doctor.
- If your condition does not improve within 2 weeks or if it gets worse, contact your doctor.
- Fluocinolone drops has a corticosteroid in it. Before you start any new medicine, check the label to see if it has a corticosteroid in it too. If it does or if you are not sure, check with your doctor or pharmacist.
- Do NOT use more than the recommended dose or use for longer than prescribed without checking with your doctor.
- Do not use fluocinolone drops for any conditions other than the one for which it was prescribed.
- Fluocinolone drops should not be used in CHILDREN younger than 2 years old; safety and effectiveness in these children have not been confirmed.
- PREGNANCY and BREAST-FEEDING: If you become pregnant, contact your doctor. You will need to discuss the benefits and risks of using fluocinolone drops while you are pregnant. It is not known if this medicine is found in breast milk after topical use. If you are or will be breast-feeding while you use fluocinolone drops, check with your doctor. Discuss any possible risks to your baby.
Possible side effects of fluocinolone drops:
All medicines may cause side effects, but many people have no, or minor, side effects. Check with your doctor if any of these most COMMON side effects persist or become bothersome:
Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur:
Dry skin at the application site; mild burning or itching at the application site.
Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue); acne-like rash; excessive hair growth; inflamed hair follicles; inflammation around the mouth; irritation, burning, redness, or swelling not present before using fluocinolone drops; thinning, softening, or discoloration of the skin.
This is not a complete list of all side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, contact your health care provider. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. To report side effects to the appropriate agency, please read the Guide to Reporting Problems to FDA.
If OVERDOSE is suspected:
Contact 1-800-222-1222 (the American Association of Poison Control Centers), your local poison control center, or emergency room immediately. Symptoms may include increased thirst or urination; muscle weakness; unusual weight gain, especially in the face.Proper storage of fluocinolone drops:
Store fluocinolone drops between 68 and 77 degrees F (20 and 25 degrees C). Brief storage at temperatures between 59 and 86 degrees F (15 and 30 degrees C) is permitted. Store away from heat, moisture, and light. Keep fluocinolone drops out of the reach of children and away from pets.
- If you have any questions about fluocinolone drops, please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
- Fluocinolone drops are to be used only by the patient for whom it is prescribed. Do not share it with other people.
- If your symptoms do not improve or if they become worse, check with your doctor.
- Check with your pharmacist about how to dispose of unused medicine.
This information should not be used to decide whether or not to take fluocinolone drops or any other medicine. Only your health care provider has the knowledge and training to decide which medicines are right for you. This information does not endorse any medicine as safe, effective, or approved for treating any patient or health condition. This is only a brief summary of general information about fluocinolone drops. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to fluocinolone drops. This information is not specific medical advice and does not replace information you receive from your health care provider. You must talk with your healthcare provider for complete information about the risks and benefits of using fluocinolone drops.
Disclaimer: This information should not be used to decide whether or not to take this medicine or any other medicine. Only your health care provider has the knowledge and training to decide which medicines are right for you. This information does not endorse any medicine as safe, effective, or approved for treating any patient or health condition. This is only a brief summary of general information about this medicine. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to this medicine. This information is not specific medical advice and does not replace information you receive from your health care provider. You must talk with your healthcare provider for complete information about the risks and benefits of using this medicine.