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All about: Fluocinolone Oil

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Generic Name: Fluocinolone Oil (FLOO-oh-SIN-oh-lone)
Brand Name: Derma-Smoothe/FS

Fluocinolone Oil is used for:

Treating psoriasis of the scalp in adult patients. It may also be used for other conditions as determined by your doctor.

Fluocinolone Oil is a topical corticosteroid. Exactly how it works is unknown.

Do NOT use Fluocinolone Oil if:

  • you are allergic to any ingredient in Fluocinolone Oil

Contact your doctor or health care provider right away if any of these apply to you.

Before using Fluocinolone Oil:

Some medical conditions may interact with Fluocinolone Oil. 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, foods, or other substances
  • if you are allergic to peanuts
  • if you have measles, chickenpox, or tuberculosis
  • if you have hardening or thinning of the skin or a skin infection
  • if you have recently been vaccinated or you have had a positive tuberculin skin test

Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with Fluocinolone Oil. Because little, if any, of Fluocinolone Oil is absorbed into the blood, the risk of it interacting with another medicine is low.

This may not be a complete list of all interactions that may occur. Ask your health care provider if Fluocinolone Oil 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 Fluocinolone Oil:

Use Fluocinolone Oil as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.

  • Fluocinolone Oil is for external use only.
  • Wet or dampen hair and scalp thoroughly. Massage Fluocinolone Oil onto the scalp and cover the scalp with one of the shower caps provided. Leave the medicine on overnight or for a minimum of 4 hours before washing it out. Wash your hair with regular shampoo and rinse it thoroughly.
  • Wash your hands after applying Fluocinolone Oil, unless your hands are part of treated area.
  • If you miss a dose of Fluocinolone Oil, use 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 use 2 doses at once.

Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use Fluocinolone Oil.

Important safety information:

  • Avoid contact with your eyes. In case of contact, wash your eyes immediately with water.
  • Fluocinolone Oil contains refined peanut oil. However, Fluocinolone Oil has not been know to cause an allergic reaction in patients who have a peanut allergy. If you are allergic to peanuts and have questions about using Fluocinolone Oil, check with your doctor.
  • If your condition does not improve within 2 weeks or if it gets worse, contact your doctor.
  • Do not use Fluocinolone Oil under the arms or on the groin unless directed otherwise by your doctor.
  • Fluocinolone Oil has a corticosteroid in it. Before you start any new 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.
  • Do NOT take more than the recommended dose or use for longer than prescribed without checking with your doctor.
  • Do not use Fluocinolone Oil for any conditions other than the one for which it was prescribed.
  • Check with your doctor before having vaccinations while using this medicine.
  • Do not apply Fluocinolone Oil to the diaper area of a child.
  • Corticosteroids may affect growth rate in CHILDREN and teenagers in some cases. They may need regular growth checks while they use Fluocinolone Oil.
  • Fluocinolone Oil should be used with extreme caution 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 Fluocinolone Oil while you are pregnant. It is not known if Fluocinolone Oil is found in breast milk. If you are or will be breast-feeding while you use Fluocinolone Oil, check with your doctor. Discuss any possible risks to your baby.

Possible side effects of Fluocinolone Oil:

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; itching.

Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur:

Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue); acne-like rash; excessive hair growth; inflamed hair follicles; inflammation around the mouth; irritation, burning, redness, or swelling not present before using Fluocinolone Oil; thinning, softening, or discoloration of the skin.

This is not a complete list of all side effects that may occur. If you have questions or need medical advice about side effects, contact your doctor or health care provider. If you have questions or need medical advice about side effects, contact your doctor or health care provider. You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 (1-800-332-1088) or 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/findyour.htm), or emergency room immediately. Symptoms may include increased thirst or urination; muscle weakness; unusual weight gain, especially in the face.

Proper storage of Fluocinolone Oil:

Store Fluocinolone Oil at 77 degrees F (25 degrees C). Brief storage at temperatures between 59 and 86 degrees F (15 and 30 degrees C) is permitted. Store away from heat, moisture, and light. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep Fluocinolone Oil out of the reach of children and away from pets.

General information:

  • If you have any questions about Fluocinolone Oil, please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
  • Fluocinolone Oil 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 Fluocinolone Oil. 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.

Issue Date: September 5, 2007
Database Edition 07.3.1.003
Copyright © 2007 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc.

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