Vanos Side Effects
Generic Name: fluocinonide topical
Note: This page contains side effects data for the generic drug fluocinonide topical. It is possible that some of the dosage forms included below may not apply to the brand name Vanos.
For the Consumer
Applies to fluocinonide topical: topical application cream, topical application emollient cream, topical application gel/jelly, topical application ointment, topical application solution
As well as its needed effects, fluocinonide topical (the active ingredient contained in Vanos) may cause unwanted side effects that require medical attention.
Major Side Effects
If any of the following side effects occur while taking fluocinonide topical, check with your doctor immediately:Incidence not known:
- Blistering, burning, crusting, dryness, or flaking of the skin
- itching, scaling, severe redness, soreness, or swelling of the skin
- redness and scaling around the mouth
- thinning of the skin with easy bruising, especially when used on the face or where the skin folds together (e.g. between the fingers)
- thinning, weakness, or wasting away of the skin
Minor Side Effects
Some fluocinonide topical side effects may not need any medical attention. As your body gets used to the medicine these side effects may disappear. Your health care professional may be able to help you prevent or reduce these side effects, but do check with them if any of the following side effects continue, or if you are concerned about them:Less common:
- muscle aches
- sore throat
- stuffy or runny nose
- unusual tiredness or weakness
- Acne or pimples
- burning and itching of the skin with pinhead-sized red blisters
- burning, itching, and pain in hairy areas, or pus at the root of the hair
- increased hair growth on the forehead, back, arms, and legs
- lightening of normal skin color
- lightening of treated areas of dark skin
- reddish purple lines on the arms, face, legs, trunk, or groin
- softening of the skin
For Healthcare Professionals
Applies to fluocinonide topical: compounding powder, topical cream, topical gel, topical ointment, topical solution
The most commonly reported side effects were burning, itching, irritation, and dryness.
Postmarketing reports: Hypersensitivity[Ref]
Frequency not reported: Hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis suppression, Cushing's syndrome[Ref]
Common (1% to 10%): Application site burning
Frequency not reported: Itching, dryness
Postmarketing reports: Discoloration, erythema, pruritus, swelling, pain, condition aggravated[Ref]
Common (1% to 10%): Headache
Frequency not reported: Intracranial hypertension (including bulging fontanelles, bilateral papilledema)
Postmarketing reports: Dizziness[Ref]
Frequency not reported: Irritation, dryness, folliculitis, hypertrichosis, acneiform eruptions, hypopigmentation, perioral dermatitis, allergic contact dermatitis, maceration of the skin, secondary infection, skin atrophy, striae, miliaria
Postmarketing reports: Acne, dry skin, rash, skin exfoliation, skin tightness[Ref]
Frequency not reported: Hyperglycemia, glucosuria[Ref]
Common (1% to 10%) Nasopharyngitis, nasal congestion[Ref]
1. Cerner Multum, Inc. "UK Summary of Product Characteristics." O 0
2. "Product Information. Lidex (fluocinonide)." Syntex Laboratories Inc, Palo Alto, CA.
It is possible that some side effects of Vanos may not have been reported. These can be reported to the FDA here. Always consult a healthcare professional for medical advice.
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