The originating document has been archived. We cannot confirm the completeness, accuracy and currency of the content.
Generic Name: fluticasone (floo-TIK-a-sone)
Brand Name: Cutivate
Fluticasone lotion is used for:
Treating inflammation and itching caused by certain skin conditions. It may also be used for other conditions as determined by your doctor.
Fluticasone lotion is a topical corticosteroid. It works by reducing skin inflammation (redness, swelling, itching, and irritation).
Do NOT use fluticasone lotion if:
- you are allergic to any ingredient in fluticasone lotion
Contact your doctor or health care provider right away if any of these apply to you.
Before using fluticasone lotion:
Some medical conditions may interact with fluticasone lotion. 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 skin thinning, adrenal gland problems, liver problems, diabetes, or a skin infection
Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with fluticasone lotion. However, no specific interactions with fluticasone lotion are known at this time.
Ask your health care provider if fluticasone lotion 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 fluticasone lotion:
Use fluticasone lotion as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.
- Wash your hands before you apply fluticasone lotion.
- Apply a small amount of medicine to the affected area. Gently rub it in until it is evenly distributed.
- Wash your hands after you apply fluticasone lotion, unless your hands are part of the treated area.
- Do not bandage, cover, or wrap the treated skin area unless directed to do so by your doctor.
- If you miss a dose of fluticasone lotion, 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. Do not apply 2 doses at once.
Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use fluticasone lotion.
Important safety information:
- Tell your doctor or dentist that you take fluticasone lotion before you receive any medical or dental care, emergency care, or surgery.
- Fluticasone lotion is for external use only. Do not get fluticasone lotion in your eyes, nose, vagina, or mouth. If you get it in any of these areas, rinse right away with cool water.
- Do not use fluticasone lotion on the face, in the groin area, or under the armpits unless your doctor tells you otherwise.
- Do not use fluticasone lotion to treat diaper rash unless your doctor tells you otherwise. If fluticasone lotion is applied to the diaper area, apply a very small amount and do not use tight-fitting diapers or plastic pants.
- Do NOT use more than the recommended dose or use for longer than you have been told without checking with you doctor.
- If your symptoms do not get better within 2 weeks or if they get worse, check with your doctor.
- Do not apply fluticasone lotion over large areas of the body without first checking with your doctor.
- Do not use fluticasone lotion for other skin conditions at a later time.
- Do not use other medicines or products on your skin without first checking with your doctor.
- Overuse of topical products may worsen your condition.
- Fluticasone lotion is a corticosteroid. 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.
- Serious side effects may occur if too much of fluticasone lotion is absorbed through the skin. This may be more likely to occur if you use fluticasone lotion over a large area of the body. It may also be more likely if you wrap or bandage the area after you apply fluticasone lotion. 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, or vision changes. Discuss any questions or concerns with your doctor.
- Corticosteroids may affect growth rate in CHILDREN and teenagers in some cases. They may need regular growth checks while they use fluticasone lotion.
- Caution is advised when using fluticasone lotion in CHILDREN; they may be more sensitive to its effects.
- PREGNANCY and BREAST-FEEDING: If you become pregnant, contact your doctor. You will need to discuss the benefits and risks of using fluticasone lotion 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 fluticasone lotion, check with your doctor. Discuss any possible risks to your baby.
Possible side effects of fluticasone lotion:
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:
Mild burning, itching, or redness.
Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue); acne-like rash; dryness or swelling of the skin; excessive hair growth; impaired wound healing; inflamed hair follicles; inflammation around the mouth; severe or persistent burning, itching, redness, or irritation of the skin; symptoms of high blood sugar (eg, confusion; drowsiness; flushing; fruit-like breath odor; increased thirst, hunger, or urination; rapid breath); 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.Proper storage of fluticasone lotion:
Store fluticasone lotion at room temperature, between 59 and 86 degrees F (15 and 30 degrees C). Store away from heat, moisture, and light. Do not refrigerate or freeze. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep fluticasone lotion out of the reach of children and away from pets.
- If you have any questions about fluticasone lotion, please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
- Fluticasone lotion 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 fluticasone lotion 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 fluticasone lotion. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to fluticasone lotion. 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 fluticasone lotion.