fluocinolone topical (generic name)

Derma-Smoothe/FS (brand name)

It is used to treat skin problems that may cause itching and swelling
(floo oh SIN oh lone)
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What is this medicine?

FLUOCINOLONE (floo oh SIN oh lone) is a corticosteroid. It is used to treat skin problems that may cause itching and swelling.

What should I tell my health care provider before I take this medicine?

They need to know if you have any of these conditions:
  • any type of active infection
  • diabetes
  • large areas of burned or damaged skin
  • skin wasting or thinning
  • an unusual or allergic reaction to fluocinolone, steroids, other medicines, peanuts, foods, dyes, or preservatives
  • pregnant or trying to get pregnant
  • breast-feeding

How should I use this medicine?

This medicine is for external use only. Do not take by mouth. Follow the directions on the prescription label. Wash your hands before and after use. Do not use this medicine more often than directed or for a longer period of time than ordered by your doctor or health care professional. To do so may increase the chance of side effects. Do not use on healthy skin or over large areas of skin. Do not get this medicine in your eyes. If you do, rinse it out with plenty of cool tap water.

For areas other than the scalp- Apply a thin film of oil to the affected area and rub in gently. Do not bandage or wrap the skin being treated unless directed to do so by your doctor or health care professional.

For use on the scalp- Wet or dampen your hair and scalp before using this medicine. Apply a thin film of oil, massage well, and cover your scalp with the shower cap provided. Leave on overnight or for at least 4 hours before washing off unless you are given different instructions from your doctor or health care professional. Then, wash your hair with regular shampoo and rinse completely.

Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. While this drug may be prescribed for children as young as 3 months of age for selected conditions, precautions do apply.

What if I miss a dose?

If you miss a dose, use it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, use only that dose. Do not use double or extra doses.

What may interact with this medicine?

Interactions are not expected. Do not use any other skin products without telling your doctor or health care professional.

What should I watch for while using this medicine?

Tell your doctor or health care professional if your symptoms do not get better within one week. Tell your doctor or health care professional if you are exposed to anyone with measles or chickenpox, or if you develop sores or blisters that do not heal properly.

What side effects may I notice from receiving this medicine?

Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible:
  • dark red spots on the skin
  • lack of healing of the skin condition
  • painful, red, pus filled blisters in hair follicles
  • severe burning and continued itching of the skin
  • thinning of the skin with easy bruising

Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):

  • burning, itching, or irritation of the skin
  • dry skin
  • increased redness or scaling of the skin
  • unusual increased growth of hair on the face or body

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