Medically reviewed on November 20, 2017
What is ApexiCon?
Diflorasone is a steroid that prevents the release of substances in the body that cause inflammation.
ApexiCon may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.
Follow all directions on your medicine label and package. Tell each of your healthcare providers about all your medical conditions, allergies, and all medicines you use.
Before taking this medicine
You should not use this medicine if you are allergic to diflorasone.
Do not use this medicine on any child without a doctor's advice. Children can absorb larger amounts of this medication through the skin and may be more likely to have side effects.
Do not use ApexiCon to treat any condition that has not been checked by your doctor.
To make sure ApexiCon is safe for you, tell your doctor if you have:
any type of skin infection.
Also tell your doctor if you have diabetes. Topical steroid medicines absorbed through the skin may increase the glucose (sugar) levels in your blood or urine.
It is not known whether this medicine will harm an unborn baby. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant.
It is not known whether ApexiCon passes into breast milk or if it could harm a nursing baby. Tell your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.
How should I use ApexiCon?
This medicine is usually applied 1 to 4 times daily. Follow all directions on your prescription label. Do not use this medicine in larger or smaller amounts or for longer than recommended.
Do not take by mouth. Topical medicine is for use only on the skin.
Do not use ApexiCon on broken or infected skin, or in open wounds.
Wash your hands before and after using ApexiCon, unless you are using the medicine on your hands.
Apply a small amount to the affected area and rub it gently into the skin. Do not apply ApexiCon over a large area of skin.
Plastic film covering (such as plastic wrap, plastic gloves, or a shower cap) is sometimes used to cover areas of psoriasis that are treated with ApexiCon. Follow your doctor's instructions.
Do not cover the treated skin area unless your doctor tells you to.
When treating the diaper area of a baby, do not use plastic pants or tight-fitting diapers.
Call your doctor if your skin condition does not improve after several days of treatment, or if it gets worse while using ApexiCon.
If you use this medicine long-term, you may need frequent medical tests.
Store at room temperature away from moisture and heat.
What happens if I miss a dose?
Apply the missed dose as soon as you remember. Skip the missed dose if it is almost time for your next dose. Do not use extra medicine to make up the missed dose.
What happens if I overdose?
Seek emergency medical attention or call the Poison Help line at 1-800-222-1222 if anyone has accidentally swallowed the medication.
An overdose of ApexiCon is not expected to produce life threatening symptoms. However, long-term use of high steroid doses can lead to symptoms such as thinning skin, easy bruising, changes in the shape or location of body fat (especially in your face, neck, back, and waist), increased acne or facial hair, menstrual problems, impotence, or loss of interest in sex.
What should I avoid while using ApexiCon?
Rinse with water if this medicine gets in your eyes.
ApexiCon side effects
Get emergency medical help if you have signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficult breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.
Topical steroid medicine can be absorbed through the skin, which may cause steroid side effects throughout the body. Stop using ApexiCon and call your doctor if you have:
blurred vision, or seeing halos around lights;
sleep problems (insomnia);
weight gain, puffiness in your face; or
Also stop using ApexiCon and call your doctor at once if you have:
severe skin irritation where the medicine was applied; or
signs of skin infection (swelling, redness, warmtth, oozing).
Steroid medicine can affect growth in children. Tell your doctor if your child is not growing at a normal rate while using this medicine.
Common side effects may include:
redness or crusting around your hair follicles;
burning or itching of treated skin;
lightened color of treated skin;
skin dryness or irritation;
acne, skin rash;
increased hair growth;
stretch marks; or
white or "pruned" appearance of the skin (caused by leaving wound dressings on for long periods of time).
This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
See also: Side effects (in more detail)
What other drugs will affect ApexiCon?
It is not likely that other drugs you take orally or inject will have an effect on topically applied diflorasone. But many drugs can interact with each other. Tell each of your health care providers about all medicines you use, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products.
Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children, never share your medicines with others, and use this medication only for the indication prescribed.
Always consult your healthcare provider to ensure the information displayed on this page applies to your personal circumstances.
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