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Fluocinolone shampoo

Generic Name: fluocinolone (floo-oh-SIN-oh-lone)
Brand Name: Capex

Fluocinolone shampoo is used for:

Treating seborrheic dermatitis (itching, redness, irritation, and flaking) of the scalp. It may also be used for other conditions as determined by your doctor.

Fluocinolone shampoo is a topical corticosteroid. Exactly how it works is unknown.

Do NOT use fluocinolone shampoo if:

  • you are allergic to any ingredient in fluocinolone shampoo

Contact your doctor or health care provider right away if any of these apply to you.

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Before using fluocinolone shampoo:

Some medical conditions may interact with fluocinolone shampoo. 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 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 shampoo. Because little, if any, of fluocinolone shampoo is absorbed into the blood, the risk of it interacting with another medicine is low.

Ask your health care provider if fluocinolone shampoo 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 shampoo:

Use fluocinolone shampoo as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.

  • Fluocinolone shampoo is for external use only.
  • Shake well before each use.
  • Rinse hair and scalp completely with water. Apply no more than 1 ounce of fluocinolone shampoo to the scalp area daily unless otherwise directed by your doctor. Lather and allow the medicine to remain on the scalp for 5 minutes, and then completely rinse hair and scalp twice.
  • Do not bandage or wrap the affected area unless directed otherwise by your doctor.
  • If you miss a dose of fluocinolone shampoo, 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 shampoo.

Important safety information:

  • Avoid contact with eyes. In case of contact, wash eyes liberally with water.
  • Fluocinolone shampoo 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 shampoo for any conditions other than the one for which it was prescribed.
  • Talk with your doctor before you receive any vaccine while you are using fluocinolone shampoo.
  • Corticosteroids may affect growth rate in CHILDREN and teenagers in some cases. They may need regular growth checks while they use fluocinolone shampoo.
  • PREGNANCY and BREAST-FEEDING: If you become pregnant, contact your doctor. You will need to discuss the benefits and risks of using fluocinolone shampoo while you are pregnant. It is not known if fluocinolone shampoo is found in breast milk. If you are or will be breast-feeding while you use fluocinolone shampoo, check with your doctor. Discuss any possible risks to your baby.

Possible side effects of fluocinolone shampoo:

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:

Dryness; itching.

Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur:

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 shampoo; 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 shampoo:

Store fluocinolone shampoo at room temperature, between 59 and 86 degrees F (15 and 30 degrees C). Store away from heat, moisture, and light. Throw away any unused medicine after 3 months. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep fluocinolone shampoo out of the reach of children and away from pets.

General information:

  • If you have any questions about fluocinolone shampoo, please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
  • Fluocinolone shampoo is 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 shampoo 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 shampoo. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to fluocinolone shampoo. 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 shampoo.

Issue Date: July 2, 2014
Database Edition 14.3.1.001
Copyright © 2014 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc.

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.

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