Fluticasone (On the skin)
Fluticasone Propionate (floo-TIK-a-sone PROE-pee-oh-nate)
Treats many skin disorders. Also relieves pain, itching, and swelling caused by skin diseases. This medicine is a corticosteroid (cortisone-like medicine or steroid).
There may be other brand names for this medicine.
When This Medicine Should Not Be Used
You should not use this medicine if you have had an allergic reaction to fluticasone or to other corticosteroid medicines applied to the skin.
How to Use This Medicine
Cream, Lotion, Ointment
- Your doctor will tell you how much of this medicine to use and how often. Do not use more medicine or use it more often than your doctor tells you to.
- This medicine is for use on the skin only. Do not get it in your eyes, nose, or mouth. Do not use it on skin areas that have cuts or scrapes. If it does get on these areas, rinse it off right away.
- Do not use this medicine on the face, groin, or underarms unless directed to do so by your doctor.
- Wash your hands with soap and water before and after using this medicine.
- Apply a thin layer to the affected area. Rub it in gently.
- Do not cover the treated area with a bandage unless your doctor has told you to.
- If the medicine is applied to the diaper area of an infant, do not use tight-fitting diapers or plastic pants unless directed to do so by your doctor. Cutivate® cream or lotion should not be used in the diaper areas.
- This medicine is not for long-term use.
If a dose is missed:
- If you miss a dose or forget to use your medicine, apply it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, wait until then to apply the medicine and skip the missed dose. Do not apply extra medicine to make up for a missed dose.
How to Store and Dispose of This Medicine
- Store the medicine in a closed container at room temperature, away from heat, moisture, and direct light.
- Ask your pharmacist, doctor, or health caregiver about the best way to dispose of the used medicine container and any leftover medicine after you have finished your treatment. You will also need to throw away old medicine after the expiration date has passed.
- Keep all medicine away from children and never share your medicine with anyone.
Drugs and Foods to Avoid
Ask your doctor or pharmacist before using any other medicine, including over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products.
- Do not use cosmetics or other skin care products on the treated skin areas.
Warnings While Using This Medicine
- Make sure your doctor knows if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, or if you have diabetes, increased pressure in the head, skin infections or problems (such as psoriasis, eczema, rosacea, perioral dermatitis, or diaper dermatitis in infants), or an adrenal problem called Cushing's syndrome. If you are using Cutivate® cream or lotion, tell your doctor if you are allergic to formaldehyde (formalin).
- Using too much of this medicine or using it for a long time may increase your risk of having adrenal gland problems. The risk is greater for children and patients who use large amounts for a long time. Talk to your doctor right away if you or your child have more than one of these symptoms while you are using this medicine: blurred vision; dizziness or fainting; a fast, irregular, or pounding heartbeat; increased thirst or urination; irritability; or unusual tiredness or weakness.
- Stop using this medicine and check with your doctor right away if you or your child have a skin rash, burning, stinging, swelling, or irritation on the skin.
- Do not use this medicine for a skin problem that has not been checked by your doctor.
- If your symptoms do not improve or if they get worse, call your doctor.
- Your doctor will need to check your progress at regular visits while you are using this medicine. Be sure to keep all appointments.
- You should not use this medicine for your child without a doctor's approval.
Possible Side Effects While Using This Medicine
Call your doctor right away if you notice any of these side effects:
- Allergic reaction: Itching or hives, swelling in your face or hands, swelling or tingling in your mouth or throat, chest tightness, trouble breathing
- Itching, flaking, or dryness of the treated skin area.
- Severe burning, pain, redness, swelling, or irritation of the treated skin areas.
- Signs of skin infection such as redness, swelling, drainage, or pus.
If you notice these less serious side effects, talk with your doctor:
- Acne or tiny pimples on the skin.
- Changes in the color of the treated skin.
- Excessive hair growth.
- Itching and redness around your lips.
- Mild burning, dryness, irritation, redness, or itching.
- Numbness in the fingers.
- Raised spots on the skin.
- Thinning of the skin or bruising.
If you notice other side effects that you think are caused by this medicine, tell your doctor
Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088
- Last Reviewed on 06/12/2013
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This page was last updated: September 18, 2013