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Generic Name: fluticasone topical (flew TIK a sone)
Brand Names: Cutivate

What is fluticasone topical?

Fluticasone is a topical steroid. It reduces or inhibits the actions of chemicals in the body that cause inflammation, redness, and swelling.

Fluticasone is used to treat the inflammation caused by a number of conditions such as allergic reactions, eczema, and psoriasis.

Fluticasone topical may also be used for purposes other than those listed in this medication guide.

What is the most important information I should know about fluticasone topical?

Do not use plastic coverings, bandages or dressings that do not allow air to circulate to the area (occlusive dressings) unless your doctor directs you to do so. The use of occlusive dressings will greatly increase the amount of drug the body absorbs. If you do use an occlusive dressing, do not use it for more than 12 hours a day.

Do not use fluticasone topical to treat any area of the body that it is not prescribed for. This could be very dangerous.

Do not use fluticasone topical to treat a child, unless it is prescribed by a doctor for the child. Children are more sensitive to the effects of fluticasone topical.

What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before using fluticasone topical?

Return to your doctor if your condition does not improve or if it gets worse. Fluticasone topical alone will not treat your condition if it is an infection.

Fluticasone topical is in the FDA pregnancy category C. This means that it is not known whether fluticasone topical will be harmful to an unborn baby. Do not use this medication without first talking to your doctor if you are pregnant or could become pregnant during treatment. If it is necessary to use fluticasone during pregnancy, the smallest amount possible should be applied, for the shortest time necessary to treat the condition, under the supervision of a doctor. It is also not known whether fluticasone passes into breast milk. Do not use fluticasone topical without first talking to your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby. Do not use fluticasone topical to treat a child, unless it is prescribed by a doctor for the child. Children are more sensitive to the effects of fluticasone topical.

How should I use fluticasone topical?

Apply the cream or ointment exactly as directed by your doctor. If you do not understand these directions, ask your pharmacist, nurse, or doctor to explain them to you.

Wash your hands before and after each application, unless you are using fluticasone topical to treat a hand condition.

Apply a small amount to the affected area and rub it gently into the skin.

Use caution on areas where your skin creases, such as armpits, knees, and elbows. These areas may absorb more medication. Also, avoid your eyes, mouth, and mucous membranes.

If you need to protect the area, it can be covered with a breathable cotton gauze dressing. Avoid using plastic, occlusive dressings that do not allow air to circulate to the area.

Do not use fluticasone topical to treat any area of the body that it is not prescribed for. This could be very dangerous.

It is important to use fluticasone topical regularly to get the most benefit.

Store fluticasone topical at room temperature away from moisture and heat.

What happens if I miss a dose?

Apply the missed dose as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for the next dose, skip the dose you missed and apply your next regularly scheduled dose. Do not use a double dose of this medication unless otherwise directed by your doctor.

What happens if I overdose?

An overdose of fluticasone topical is not likely to threaten life. If the cream or ointment is ingested, or if a large amount of cream is used over a large area and you are experiencing side effects, call an emergency room or a poison control center near you.

What should I avoid while using fluticasone topical?

Do not use plastic coverings, bandages, or dressings that do not allow air to circulate to the area (occlusive dressings) unless your doctor directs you to do so. The use of occlusive dressings will greatly increase the amount of drug your body absorbs. If you do use an occlusive dressing, do not use it for more than 12 hours a day. Do not use other topical products on the treated area, unless otherwise directed by your doctor.

Fluticasone topical side effects

No serious systemic side effects are expected unless you are using large amounts of fluticasone topical for a long period of time. If the drug is being absorbed by the body, you may experience blurred vision, halos around lights, an irregular heartbeat, insomnia, mood changes, weight gain, or fatigue. If you experience any unusual side effects, notify your doctor.

Less serious side effects are more likely to occur. You may experience some redness, blistering, burning, itching, or peeling. Continue to use fluticasone topical and talk to your doctor about your side effects.

Other local side effects may also occur, especially with prolonged use of fluticasone topical. These may include thinning of the skin, prolonged redness, and stretch marks.

Side effects other than those listed here may also occur. Talk to your doctor about any side effect that seems unusual or that is especially bothersome.

What other drugs will affect fluticasone topical?

Do not use other topical products on the treated area, unless otherwise directed by your doctor.

Drugs other than those listed here may also interact with fluticasone topical. Talk to your doctor and pharmacist before taking or using any other prescription or over-the-counter medicines, including vitamins, minerals, and herbal products.

Where can I get more information?

  • Your pharmacist has additional information about fluticasone written for health professionals that you may read.

What does my medication look like?

Fluticasone topical is available with a prescription under the brand name Cutivate. Other brand or generic formulations of this medication may also be available. Ask your pharmacist any questions you have about this medication, especially if it is new to you.

  • Cutivate 0.05% cream

  • Cutivate 0.005% ointment

  • Cutivate 0.05% lotion

  • Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children, never share your medicines with others, and use this medication only for the indication prescribed.
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