Fluticasone CreamGeneric Name:
Fluticasone (floo-TIK-a-sone)Brand Name:
Fluticasone Cream 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 Cream is a topical corticosteroid. It works by reducing skin inflammation (redness, swelling, itching, and irritation).
Do NOT use Fluticasone Cream if:
- you are allergic to any ingredient in Fluticasone Cream
Contact your doctor or health care provider right away if any of these apply to you.
Before using Fluticasone Cream:
Some medical conditions may interact with Fluticasone 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, plan 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 or other substances
- if you have an acne-like rash, rosacea, inflammation around the mouth, skin thinning, a skin infection, measles, tuberculosis (TB), chickenpox, shingles, or a positive TB skin test
- if you are taking an oral corticosteroid (eg, prednisone) or similar medicines
Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with Fluticasone Cream. However, no specific interactions with Fluticasone Cream are known at this time.
Ask your health care provider if Fluticasone 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 Fluticasone Cream:
Use Fluticasone 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 it in until it is evenly distributed.
- Wash your hands after you apply Fluticasone 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 Fluticasone 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. Do not apply 2 doses at once.
Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use Fluticasone Cream.
Important safety information:
- Fluticasone Cream is for external use only. Do not get it 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 Cream on the face, in the groin area, or under the armpits unless your doctor tells you otherwise.
- Do not apply Fluticasone Cream in the diaper area unless your doctor tells you otherwise. If Fluticasone Cream is applied to the diaper area, apply a very small amount and do not use tight-fitting undergarments or plastic pants.
- Do not use more than the recommended dose or use for longer than prescribed without checking with you doctor.
- If your symptoms do not get better within 2 weeks or if they get worse, check with your doctor.
- Contact your doctor if you have a cut or sore that does not heal.
- Check with your doctor before you have any vaccines while you are using Fluticasone Cream.
- Do not apply Fluticasone Cream over large areas of the body without first checking with your doctor.
- Do not use Fluticasone Cream 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 Cream is a corticosteroid. Before you begin too use any new prescription or nonprescription 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 take Fluticasone Cream before you receive any medical or dental care, emergency care, or surgery.
- Serious side effects may occur if too much of Fluticasone Cream is absorbed through the skin. This may be more likely to occur if you use Fluticasone Cream over a large area of the body. It may also be more likely if you wrap or bandage the area after you apply Fluticasone Cream. 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 using a corticosteroid.
- Fluticasone Cream should not be used in CHILDREN; safety and effectiveness in 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 Fluticasone Cream while you are pregnant. It is not known if Fluticasone Cream is found in breast milk after topical use. If you are or will be breast-feeding while you use Fluticasone Cream, check with your doctor. Discuss any possible risks to your baby.
Possible side effects of Fluticasone 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:
Dryness; mild stinging, burning, or itching.Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur:
Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue); acne-like rash; burning, cracking, irritation, or peeling not present before you began using Fluticasone Cream; excessive hair growth; inflamed hair follicles; inflammation around the mouth; 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. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088. You may also report side effects at http://www.fda.gov/medwatch.
If OVERDOSE is suspected:
Contact 1-800-222-1222 (the American Association of Poison Control Centers), your local poison control center (http://www.aapcc.org), or emergency room immediately. Symptoms may include blurred vision or other vision changes; muscle weakness; severe or persistent headache; symptoms of high blood sugar (eg, increased thirst or urination, confusion, unusual drowsiness); unusual weight gain, especially in the face.Proper storage of Fluticasone Cream:
Store Fluticasone Cream between 36 and 86 degrees F (2 and 30 degrees C). Store away from heat and light. Keep Fluticasone Cream out of the reach of children and away from pets.
- If you have any questions about Fluticasone Cream, please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
- Fluticasone 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.
This information is a summary only. It does not contain all information about Fluticasone Cream. If you have questions about the medicine you are taking or would like more information, check with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
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