Generic Name: fluocinonide (FLOO-oh-SIN-oh-nide)
Brand Name: Vanos
Fluocinonide cream is used for:
Treating inflammation and itching caused by psoriasis, atopic dermatitis, and certain other skin conditions. It may also be used for other conditions as determined by your doctor.
Fluocinonide cream is a corticosteroid. It works by reducing skin inflammation (redness, swelling, itching, and irritation).
Do NOT use fluocinonide cream if:
- you are allergic to any ingredient in fluocinonide cream
Contact your doctor or health care provider right away if any of these apply to you.
Before using fluocinonide cream:
Some medical conditions may interact with fluocinonide 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 had a skin irritation or any allergic reaction caused by a corticosteroid medicine (eg, prednisone)
- if you have any kind of skin infection, cuts, scrapes, skin thinning, or lessened blood flow to your skin
- if you have had a recent vaccination; have measles, tuberculosis (TB), chickenpox or shingles; or have had a positive TB test
- if you have adrenal gland problems, skin swelling or redness on the nose or face (rosacea), or a scaly or bumpy rash around your mouth (perioral dermatitis)
- if you will be having surgery
Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with fluocinonide cream. Tell your health care provider if you are taking any other medicines, especially any of the following:
- Other medicines that contain corticosteroids because the risk of side effects may be increased
This may not be a complete list of all interactions that may occur. Ask your health care provider if fluocinonide 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 fluocinonide cream:
Use fluocinonide cream as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.
- An extra patient leaflet is available with fluocinonide cream. Talk to your pharmacist if you have questions about this information.
- To use fluocinonide cream, apply a thin layer to the affected skin areas as directed by your doctor. Gently rub the medicine in until it is evenly distributed. Wash your hands after applying fluocinonide cream, unless your hands are part of the treated area.
- Do not bandage or cover the treated skin area unless directed by your doctor.
- If you miss a dose of fluocinonide cream, 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 apply 2 doses at once.
Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use fluocinonide cream.
Important safety information:
- Fluocinonide cream is for external use only. Do not get fluocinonide cream in your eyes, nose, vagina, or mouth. If you get it in any of these areas, rinse immediately with cool water.
- If your symptoms do not get better within 2 weeks or if they get worse, check with your doctor. Fluocinonide cream should not be used for longer than 2 weeks.
- Do not apply more of fluocinonide cream than recommended or apply more often than prescribed without checking with your doctor.
- Do not use fluocinonide cream around the mouth or on the face, groin, or armpit. Do not use it to treat rosacea or perioral dermatitis.
- Check with your doctor before having vaccinations while using fluocinonide cream.
- Do not use fluocinonide cream for other skin conditions at a later time.
- Fluocinonide cream 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.
- Tell your doctor or dentist that you use fluocinonide cream before you receive any medical or dental care, emergency care, or surgery.
- Serious side effects may occur if too much of fluocinonide cream is absorbed through the skin. This may be more likely to occur if you use fluocinonide cream over a large area of the body. It may also be more likely if you wrap or bandage the area after you apply the medicine. The risk is greater in children. Do not use more than the prescribed dose. Contact your doctor right away if you develop unusual weight gain (especially in the face), muscle weakness, increased thirst or urination, confusion, unusual drowsiness, severe or persistent headache, anxiety, depression, irritability, or vision changes. Discuss any questions or concerns with your doctor.
- Tell your doctor if you have a cut, insect bite, or infection that heals very slowly or does not heal.
- Diabetes patients - Fluocinonide cream may affect your blood sugar. Check blood sugar levels closely. Ask your doctor before you change the dose of your diabetes medicine.
- Corticosteroids may affect growth rate in CHILDREN and teenagers in some cases. They may need regular growth checks while they use fluocinonide cream.
- Fluocinonide cream should not be used in CHILDREN younger than 12 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 fluocinonide cream while you are pregnant. It is not known if this medicine is found in breast milk. Do not breast-feed while using fluocinonide cream.
Possible side effects of fluocinonide 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:
Burning, itching, irritation, dryness, or redness at the treatment site; headache.
Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing or swallowing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue); acne-like rash; dizziness; excessive hair growth; fainting; inflamed hair follicles; inflammation around the mouth; irritation, burning, redness, or swelling not present before using fluocinonide cream; loss of appetite; nausea or vomiting; thinning, softening, or discoloration of the skin; unexplained weight loss; unusual tiredness; weakness.
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 fluocinonide cream:
Store fluocinonide cream at room temperature, between 59 and 86 degrees F (15 and 30 degrees C). Store away from heat, moisture, and light. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep fluocinonide cream out of the reach of children and away from pets.
- If you have any questions about fluocinonide cream, please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
- Fluocinonide 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 fluocinonide 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 fluocinonide cream. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to fluocinonide 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 fluocinonide cream.
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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