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Fluocinonide

Pronunciation

Dosage Form: cream, gel, ointment

Fluocinonide CREAM USP, 0.05% (Emulsified Base)
Fluocinonide CREAM USP, 0.05%
Fluocinonide GEL USP, 0.05%
Fluocinonide OINTMENT USP, 0.05%
0262
0263
0264
0265
FOR TOPICAL/EXTERNAL USE ONLY
NOT FOR OPHTHALMIC USE
Rx only

Fluocinonide Description

The topical corticosteroids constitute a class of primarily synthetic steroids used as anti-inflammatory and antipruritic agents. The topical corticosteroids are intended for topical administration. The active component is the corticosteroid Fluocinonide, which is the 21-acetate ester of fluocinolone acetonide and has the chemical name pregna-1,4-diene-3,20-dione,21-(acetyloxy)-6,9-difluoro-11-hydroxy-16,17-[(1-methylethylidene) bis(oxy)]-,(6α, 11β, 16α)-. It has the following structural formula:

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C26H32F207 M.W. 494.54

Each gram of Fluocinonide Cream USP, 0.05% (Emulsified Base) contains: 0.5 mg Fluocinonide in a water-washable aqueous emollient base of stearyl alcohol, cetyl alcohol, mineral oil, propylene glycol, sorbitan monostearate, polysorbate 60, citric acid (hydrous) and purified water.

Each gram of Fluocinonide Cream USP, 0.05% contains: 0.5 mg Fluocinonide in a specially formulated cream base consisting of stearyl alcohol, polyethylene glycol 8000, propylene glycol, 1,2,6-hexanetriol and citric acid (hydrous). This white cream vehicle is greaseless, non-staining, anhydrous and completely water miscible. The base provides emollient and hydrophilic properties.

In this formulation, the active ingredient is totally in solution.

Each gram of Fluocinonide Gel USP, 0.05% contains: 0.5 mg Fluocinonide in a specifically formulated gel base consisting of purified water, propylene glycol, edetate disodium, carbomer 934P, and sodium hydroxide. Hydrochloric acid is added to adjust the pH. This clear, colorless thixotropic vehicle is greaseless, non-staining and completely water miscible.

In this formulation, the active ingredient is totally in solution.

Each gram of Fluocinonide Ointment USP, 0.05% contains: 0.5 mg Fluocinonide in an ointment base consisting of white petrolatum, castor oil, and sorbitan sesquioleate. It provides the occlusive and emollient effects desirable in an ointment.

In this formulation, the active ingredient is totally in solution.

Fluocinonide - Clinical Pharmacology

Topical corticosteroids share anti-inflammatory, antipruritic and vasoconstrictive actions.

The mechanism of anti-inflammatory activity of the topical corticosteroids is unclear. Various laboratory methods, including vasoconstrictor assays, are used to compare and predict potencies and/or clinical efficacies of the topical corticosteroids. There is some evidence to suggest that a recognizable correlation exists between vasoconstrictor potency and therapeutic efficacy in man.

Pharmacokinetics

The extent of percutaneous absorption of topical corticosteroids is determined by many factors including the vehicle, the integrity of the epidermal barrier, and the use of occlusive dressings.

Topical corticosteroids can be absorbed from normal intact skin. Inflammation and/or other disease processes in the skin increase percutaneous absorption. Occlusive dressings substantially increase the percutaneous absorption of topical corticosteroids. Thus, occlusive dressings may be a valuable therapeutic adjunct for treatment of resistant dermatoses. (See DOSAGE AND ADMINISTRATION).

Once absorbed through the skin, topical corticosteroids are handled through pharmacokinetic pathways similar to systemically administered corticosteroids. Corticosteroids are bound to plasma proteins in varying degrees. Corticosteroids are metabolized primarily in the liver and are then excreted by the kidneys. Some of the topical corticosteroids and their metabolites are also excreted into the bile.

Indications and Usage for Fluocinonide

The topical corticosteriods are indicated for the relief of the inflammatory and pruritic manifestations of corticosteroid-responsive dermatoses.

Contraindications

The topical corticosteriods are contraindicated in those patients with a history of hypersensitivity to any of the components of the preparation.

Precautions

General

Systemic absorption of topical corticosteroids has produced reversible hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis suppression, manifestations of Cushing's syndrome, hyperglycemia, and glucosuria in some patients.

Conditions which augment systemic absorption include the application of the more potent steroids, use over large surface areas, prolonged use, and the addition of occlusive dressings.

Therefore, patients receiving a large dose of a potent topical steroid applied to a large surface area or under an occlusive dressing should be evaluated periodically for evidence of HPA axis suppression by using the urinary free cortisol and ACTH stimulation tests. If HPA axis suppression is noted, an attempt should be made to withdraw the drug, to reduce the frequency of application, or to substitute a less potent steroid.

Recovery of HPA axis function is generally prompt and complete upon discontinuation of the drug. Infrequently, signs and symptoms of steroid withdrawal may occur, requiring supplemental systemic corticosteroids.

Children may absorb proportionally larger amounts of topical corticosteroids and thus be more susceptible to systemic toxicity. (See PRECAUTIONS - Pediatric Use). If irritation develops, topical corticosteroids should be discontinued and appropriate therapy instituted.

As with any topical corticosteroid product, prolonged use may produce atrophy of the skin and subcutaneous tissues. When used on intertriginous or flexor areas, or on the face, this may occur even with short-term use.

In the presence of dermatological infections, the use of an appropriate antifungal or antibacterial agent should be instituted. If a favorable response does not occur promptly, the corticosteroid should be discontinued until the infection has been adequately controlled.

Information for the Patient

Patients using topical corticosteroids should receive the following information and instructions:

  1. This medication is to be used as directed by the physician. It is for external use only. Avoid contact with the eyes.
  2. Patients should be advised not to use this medication for any disorder other than that for which it was prescribed.
  3. The treated skin area should not be bandaged or otherwise covered or wrapped as to be occlusive unless directed by the physician.
  4. Patients should report any signs of local adverse reactions especially under occlusive dressing.
  5. Parents of pediatric patients should be advised not to use tight-fitting diapers or plastic pants on a child being treated in the diaper area, as these garments may constitute occlusive dressings.

Laboratory Tests

The following tests may be helpful in evaluating the HPA axis suppression:

Urinary free cortisol test

ACTH stimulation test

Carcinogenesis, Mutagenesis, Impairment of Fertility

Long-term animal studies have not been performed to evaluate the carcinogenic potential or the effect on fertility of topical corticosteroids.

Studies to determine mutagenicity with prednisolone and hydrocortisone have revealed negative results.

Pregnancy

Teratogenic Effects.

Pregnancy Category C

Corticosteroids are generally teratogenic in laboratory animals when administered systemically at relatively low dosage levels. The more potent corticosteroids have been shown to be teratogenic after dermal application in laboratory animals. There are no adequate and well-controlled studies in pregnant women on teratogenic effects from topically applied corticosteroids. Therefore, topical corticosteroids should be used during pregnancy only if the potential benefit justifies the potential risk to the fetus. Drugs of this class should not be used extensively on pregnant patients, in large amounts, or for prolonged periods of time.

Nursing Mothers

It is not known whether topical administration of corticosteroids could result in sufficient systemic absorption to produce detectable quantities in breast milk. Systemically administered corticosteroids are secreted into breast milk in quantities not likely to have a deleterious effect on the infant. Nevertheless, caution should be exercised when topical corticosteroids are administered to a nursing woman.

Pediatric Use

Pediatric patients may demonstrate greater susceptibility to topical corticosteroid-induced HPA axis suppression and Cushing's syndrome than mature patients because of a larger skin surface area to body weight ratio.

Hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis suppression, Cushing's syndrome, and intracranial hypertension have been reported in pediatric patients receiving topical corticosteroids. Manifestations of adrenal suppression in pediatric patients include linear growth retardation, delayed weight gain, low plasma cortisol levels, and absence of response to ACTH stimulation. Manifestations of intracranial hypertension include bulging fontanelles, headaches, and bilateral papilledema.

Administration of topical corticosteroids to pediatric patients should be limited to the least amount compatible with an effective therapeutic regimen. Chronic corticosteroid therapy may interfere with the growth and development of pediatric patients.

Adverse Reactions

The following local adverse reactions are reported infrequently with topical corticosteroids, but may occur more frequently with the use of occlusive dressings. These reactions are listed in an approximate decreasing order of occurrence:

Burning Perioral dermatitis
Itching Allergic contact dermatitis
Irritation Maceration of the skin
Dryness Secondary infection
Folliculitis Skin atrophy
Hypertrichosis Striae
Acneiform eruptions Miliaria
Hypopigmentation

Overdosage

Topically applied corticosteroids can be absorbed in sufficient amounts to produce systemic effects. (See PRECAUTIONS).

Fluocinonide Dosage and Administration

The topical corticosteroids are generally applied to the affected area as a thin film from two to four times daily depending on the severity of the condition.

Occlusive dressings may be used for the management of psoriasis or recalcitrant conditions.

If an infection develops, the use of occlusive dressings should be discontinued and appropriate antimicrobial therapy instituted.

How is Fluocinonide Supplied

Fluocinonide Cream USP, 0.05% (Emulsified Base) is supplied in 15 gram, 30 gram, and 60 gram tubes.

Fluocinonide Cream USP, 0.05% is supplied in 15 gram, 30 gram, and 60 gram tubes.

Fluocinonide Gel USP, 0.05% is supplied in 60 gram tubes.

Fluocinonide Ointment USP, 0.05% is supplied in 15 gram, 30 gram, and 60 gram tubes.

Store at 20° to 25°C (68° to 77°F) [See USP Controlled Room Temperature].

Avoid excessive heat, above 40°C (104°F).

Manufactured By:

TEVA PHARMACEUTICALS USA

Sellersville, PA 18960

Rev. K 3/2005

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Fluocinonide Cream USP (Emulsified Base) 0.05% 60 Grams Carton Text

NDC 0093-0263-92

Fluocinonide CREAM, USP

(Emulsified Base)

0.05%

FOR TOPICAL USE ONLY (Not For Ophthalmic Use)

60 GRAMS

TEVA

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Fluocinonide Cream USP 0.05% 60 Grams Carton Text

NDC 0093-0262-92

Fluocinonide CREAM USP

0.05%

Rx only

FOR TOPICAL USE ONLY (Not For Ophthalmic Use)

60 GRAMS

TEVA

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Fluocinonide Gel USP 0.05% 60 Grams Carton Text

NDC 0093-0265-92

Fluocinonide GEL USP

0.05%

Rx only

FOR TOPICAL USE ONLY (Not For Ophthalmic Use)

60 GRAMS

TEVA

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Fluocinonide Ointment USP 0.05% 60 Grams Carton Text

NDC 0093-0264-92

Fluocinonide OINTMENT, USP

0.05%

FOR EXTERNAL USE ONLY Not For Ophthalmic Use

60 GRAMS

TEVA

Fluocinonide 
Fluocinonide cream
Product Information
Product Type HUMAN PRESCRIPTION DRUG LABEL Item Code (Source) NDC:0093-0263
Route of Administration TOPICAL DEA Schedule     
Active Ingredient/Active Moiety
Ingredient Name Basis of Strength Strength
Fluocinonide (Fluocinonide) Fluocinonide 0.5 mg  in 1 g
Inactive Ingredients
Ingredient Name Strength
STEARYL ALCOHOL  
CETYL ALCOHOL  
MINERAL OIL  
PROPYLENE GLYCOL  
SORBITAN MONOSTEARATE  
POLYSORBATE 60  
CITRIC ACID MONOHYDRATE  
WATER  
Packaging
# Item Code Package Description
1 NDC:0093-0263-15 1 TUBE in 1 CARTON
1 15 g in 1 TUBE
2 NDC:0093-0263-30 1 TUBE in 1 CARTON
2 30 g in 1 TUBE
3 NDC:0093-0263-92 1 TUBE in 1 CARTON
3 60 g in 1 TUBE
Marketing Information
Marketing Category Application Number or Monograph Citation Marketing Start Date Marketing End Date
ANDA ANDA072490 09/30/1990
Fluocinonide 
Fluocinonide cream
Product Information
Product Type HUMAN PRESCRIPTION DRUG LABEL Item Code (Source) NDC:0093-0262
Route of Administration TOPICAL DEA Schedule     
Active Ingredient/Active Moiety
Ingredient Name Basis of Strength Strength
Fluocinonide (Fluocinonide) Fluocinonide 0.5 mg  in 1 g
Inactive Ingredients
Ingredient Name Strength
STEARYL ALCOHOL  
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 8000  
PROPYLENE GLYCOL  
1,2,6-HEXANETRIOL  
CITRIC ACID MONOHYDRATE  
Packaging
# Item Code Package Description
1 NDC:0093-0262-15 1 TUBE in 1 CARTON
1 15 g in 1 TUBE
2 NDC:0093-0262-30 1 TUBE in 1 CARTON
2 30 g in 1 TUBE
3 NDC:0093-0262-92 1 TUBE in 1 CARTON
3 60 g in 1 TUBE
Marketing Information
Marketing Category Application Number or Monograph Citation Marketing Start Date Marketing End Date
ANDA ANDA072488 09/30/1990
Fluocinonide 
Fluocinonide gel
Product Information
Product Type HUMAN PRESCRIPTION DRUG LABEL Item Code (Source) NDC:0093-0265
Route of Administration TOPICAL DEA Schedule     
Active Ingredient/Active Moiety
Ingredient Name Basis of Strength Strength
Fluocinonide (Fluocinonide) Fluocinonide 0.5 mg  in 1 g
Inactive Ingredients
Ingredient Name Strength
WATER  
PROPYLENE GLYCOL  
EDETATE DISODIUM  
CARBOMER HOMOPOLYMER TYPE B (ALLYL SUCROSE CROSSLINKED)  
SODIUM HYDROXIDE  
Packaging
# Item Code Package Description
1 NDC:0093-0265-92 1 TUBE in 1 CARTON
1 60 g in 1 TUBE
Marketing Information
Marketing Category Application Number or Monograph Citation Marketing Start Date Marketing End Date
ANDA ANDA072537 09/30/1990
Fluocinonide 
Fluocinonide ointment
Product Information
Product Type HUMAN PRESCRIPTION DRUG LABEL Item Code (Source) NDC:0093-0264
Route of Administration TOPICAL DEA Schedule     
Active Ingredient/Active Moiety
Ingredient Name Basis of Strength Strength
Fluocinonide (Fluocinonide) Fluocinonide 0.5 mg  in 1 g
Inactive Ingredients
Ingredient Name Strength
PETROLATUM  
CASTOR OIL  
SORBITAN SESQUIOLEATE  
Packaging
# Item Code Package Description
1 NDC:0093-0264-15 1 TUBE in 1 CARTON
1 15 g in 1 TUBE
2 NDC:0093-0264-30 1 TUBE in 1 CARTRIDGE
2 30 g in 1 TUBE
3 NDC:0093-0264-92 1 TUBE in 1 CARTON
3 60 g in 1 TUBE
Marketing Information
Marketing Category Application Number or Monograph Citation Marketing Start Date Marketing End Date
ANDA ANDA073481 05/01/1992
Labeler - Teva Pharmaceuticals USA Inc (118234421)
Revised: 02/2014
 
Teva Pharmaceuticals USA Inc
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