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All about: Diflorasone Diacetate Cream

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Generic Name: Diflorasone Diacetate Cream and Ointment (dye-FLOR-a-sone die-ASS-eh-tate)
Brand Name: Examples include Apexicon and Maxiflor

Diflorasone Diacetate Cream is used for:

Treating inflammation and itching due to certain skin conditions.

Diflorasone Diacetate Cream is a topical corticosteroid. It works by reducing skin inflammation (redness, swelling, itching, and irritation).

Do NOT use Diflorasone Diacetate Cream if:

  • you are allergic to any ingredient in Diflorasone Diacetate Cream

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

Before using Diflorasone Diacetate Cream:

Some medical conditions may interact with Diflorasone Diacetate 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, planning 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 have an acne-like rash, measles, inflammation of the skin around the mouth, thinning skin, skin infection, or chickenpox
  • if you have tuberculosis or have had a positive tuberculin skin test, or if you have recently had a vaccination

Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with Diflorasone Diacetate Cream. Because little, if any, of Diflorasone Diacetate Cream 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 Diflorasone Diacetate 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 Diflorasone Diacetate Cream:

Use Diflorasone Diacetate Cream as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.

  • Apply a small mount of medicine to the affected area. Gently rub the medicine in until it is evenly distributed.
  • Wash your hands after applying Diflorasone Diacetate Cream unless your hands are part of the treated area.
  • Do not bandage or wrap the affected area unless directed otherwise by your doctor.
  • If you miss a dose of Diflorasone Diacetate Cream, apply 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.

Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use Diflorasone Diacetate Cream.

Important safety information:

  • Diflorasone Diacetate Cream is for external use only. Avoid contact with the eyes.
  • Contact your health care provider if any side effects occur, especially under an occlusive dressing.
  • Do not use Diflorasone Diacetate Cream for longer than the time prescribed. Overuse of topical products may worsen your condition or increase your risk for side effects.
  • Do not use Diflorasone Diacetate Cream for other skin conditions at a later time.
  • If Diflorasone Diacetate Cream is prescribed to treat the diaper area, avoid using tight-fitting diapers or plastic pants.
  • Check with your doctor before having vaccinations while using Diflorasone Diacetate Cream.
  • Use Diflorasone Diacetate Cream with extreme caution in CHILDREN. Safety and effectiveness have not been confirmed.
  • In some instances, corticosteroid medicines may affect the growth rate in CHILDREN and adolescents. Your child's growth may need to be checked regularly while he or she is using Diflorasone Diacetate Cream.
  • PREGNANCY and BREAST-FEEDING: If you plan on becoming pregnant, discuss with your doctor the benefits and risks of using Diflorasone Diacetate Cream during pregnancy. It is unknown if Diflorasone Diacetate Cream is excreted in breast milk. If you are or will be breast-feeding while you are using Diflorasone Diacetate Cream, check with your doctor or pharmacist to discuss the risks to your baby.

Possible side effects of Diflorasone Diacetate 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:

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; burning, cracking, irritation, itching, or peeling not present before you began using Diflorasone Diacetate Cream; excessive hair growth; inflamed hair follicles; inflammation around the mouth; muscle weakness; thinning, softening, or discoloration of the skin; unusual weight gain, especially in the face.

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 Diflorasone Diacetate Cream:

Store Diflorasone Diacetate Cream at room temperature, between 68 and 77 degrees F (20 and 25 degrees C). Store away from heat, moisture, and light. Keep Diflorasone Diacetate Cream out of the reach of children and away from pets.

General information:

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