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Generic Name: Fluticasone Cream and Ointment (flue-TIK-a-sone)
Brand Name: Cutivate

Fluticasone Cream is used for:

Treating itching and redness of many skin conditions.

Fluticasone Cream is a topical corticosteroid that is thought to work by reducing the amount of a chemical in the body that causes inflammation (redness).

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 acne-like lesions, measles, inflammation around your mouth, a positive tuberculin skin test, tuberculosis, chicken pox, recently had a vaccination, a skin infection, or thinning (wasting) of your skin

Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with Fluticasone Cream. Tell your health care provider if you are taking any other medicines, especially any of the following:

  • Certain medicines that act on the liver (eg, protease inhibitors [eg, ritonavir], ketoconazole) because the actions and side effects of Fluticasone Cream may be increased

This may not be a complete list of all interactions that may occur. 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 and gently rub in a thin layer of medicine until it is evenly distributed to the affected skin areas twice daily or as directed by your health care provider.
  • Wash your hands immediately after using Fluticasone Cream.
  • If you miss a dose of Fluticasone Cream, 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 Fluticasone Cream.

Important safety information:

  • This is for external use only. Avoid contact with the eyes, nose, or mouth.
  • Do not bandage, wrap, or otherwise cover the treated skin area unless advised to do so by your health care provider.
  • Do not apply in the diaper area. Do not use for diaper rash.
  • Fluticasone Cream should not be used on the face, underarms, or groin areas unless directed by your health care provider.
  • Stop using Fluticasone Cream as soon as the skin has healed. If no improvement is seen within 2 weeks, contact your health care provider.
  • Overuse of topical products may worsen your condition.
  • Do not use Fluticasone Cream to treat rosacea, inflamed skin around the mouth, or wasting conditions that already exist.
  • 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. 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:

Burning; excessive hair growth; hives; increased redness; irritation; itching; lightheadedness; skin thinning or discoloration; swelling not present before using Fluticasone Cream.

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); adrenal suppression; increased thirst; increased urination; skin infection.

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. 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.

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.

General information:

  • 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.

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

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