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Generic Name: diflorasone diacetate (dye-FLOR-a-sone die-ASS-eh-tate)
Brand Name: Examples include Apexicon and Maxiflor
Apexicon cream is used for:
Treating inflammation and itching due to certain skin conditions.
Apexicon cream is a topical corticosteroid. It works by reducing skin inflammation (redness, swelling, itching, and irritation).
Do NOT use Apexicon cream if:
- you are allergic to any ingredient in Apexicon cream
Contact your doctor or health care provider right away if any of these apply to you.
Before using Apexicon cream:
Some medical conditions may interact with Apexicon cream. 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 an acne-like rash, measles, inflammation of the skin around the mouth, thinning skin, skin infection, or chickenpox
- if you have tuberculosis or have had a positive tuberculin skin test, or if you have recently had a vaccination
Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with Apexicon cream. Because little, if any, of Apexicon cream is absorbed into the blood, the risk of it interacting with another medicine is low.
This may not be a complete list of all interactions that may occur. Ask your health care provider if Apexicon cream 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 Apexicon cream:
Use Apexicon cream as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.
- Apply a small amount of medicine to the affected area. Gently rub the medicine in until it is evenly distributed.
- Wash your hands after applying Apexicon cream unless your hands are part of the treated area.
- Do not bandage or wrap the affected area unless directed otherwise by your doctor.
- If you miss a dose of Apexicon cream, apply 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.
Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use Apexicon cream.
Important safety information:
- Apexicon cream is for external use only. Avoid contact with the eyes.
- Contact your health care provider if any side effects occur, especially under an occlusive dressing.
- Do not use Apexicon cream for longer than the time prescribed. Overuse of topical products may worsen your condition or increase your risk for side effects.
- Do not use Apexicon cream for other skin conditions at a later time.
- If Apexicon cream is prescribed to treat the diaper area, avoid using tight-fitting diapers or plastic pants.
- Check with your doctor before having vaccinations while using Apexicon cream.
- Use Apexicon cream with extreme caution in CHILDREN. Safety and effectiveness have not been confirmed.
- In some instances, corticosteroid medicines may affect the growth rate in CHILDREN and adolescents. Your child's growth may need to be checked regularly while he or she is using Apexicon cream.
- PREGNANCY and BREAST-FEEDING: If you plan on becoming pregnant, discuss with your doctor the benefits and risks of using Apexicon cream during pregnancy. It is unknown if Apexicon cream is excreted in breast milk. If you are or will be breast-feeding while you are using Apexicon cream, check with your doctor or pharmacist to discuss the risks to your baby.
Possible side effects of Apexicon cream:
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:
Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue); acne-like rash; burning, cracking, irritation, itching, or peeling not present before you began using Apexicon cream; excessive hair growth; inflamed hair follicles; inflammation around the mouth; muscle weakness; thinning, softening, or discoloration of the skin; unusual weight gain, especially in the face.
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.Proper storage of Apexicon cream:
Store Apexicon cream at room temperature, between 68 and 77 degrees F (20 and 25 degrees C). Store away from heat, moisture, and light. Keep Apexicon cream out of the reach of children and away from pets.
- If you have any questions about Apexicon cream, please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
- Apexicon cream 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 Apexicon cream 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 Apexicon cream. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to Apexicon cream. 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 Apexicon cream.