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Fluticasone (On the skin)

Fluticasone Propionate (floo-TIK-a-sone PROE-pee-oh-nate)

Treats many skin disorders. Also relieves pain, itching, and swelling caused by skin diseases. This medicine is a corticosteroid.

Brand Name(s):

Cutivate

There may be other brand names for this medicine.

When This Medicine Should Not Be Used:

This medicine is not right for everyone. Do not use it if you had an allergic reaction to fluticasone or to similar medicines.

How to Use This Medicine:

Cream, Lotion, Ointment

  • Take your medicine as directed.
  • Use this medicine only on your skin. Rinse it off right away if it gets on a cut or scrape. Do not get the medicine in your eyes, nose, or mouth.
  • Do not use this medicine on the face, groin, or underarms unless your doctor says it is okay. Cutivate® cream or lotion should not be used in the diaper area unless directed by your doctor.
  • Wash your hands before and after you apply the medicine, unless you are treating the skin on your hands.
  • Apply a thin layer of the medicine to the affected area. Rub it in gently.
  • Do not cover the treated area with a bandage unless directed by your doctor.
  • Read and follow the patient instructions that come with this medicine. Talk to your doctor or pharmacist if you have any questions.
  • Missed dose: Apply a dose as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, wait until then and apply a regular dose. Do not apply extra medicine to make up for a missed dose.
  • Store the medicine in a closed container at room temperature, away from heat, moisture, and direct light.

Drugs and Foods to Avoid:

Ask your doctor or pharmacist before using any other medicine, including over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products.

Warnings While Using This Medicine:

  • Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, or if you have diabetes, a skin infection, or Cushing syndrome. If you are using Cutivate® cream or lotion, tell your doctor if you are allergic to formaldehyde (formalin).
  • This medicine may cause adrenal gland problems. This is more likely if you use the medicine for a long time or over a large area.
  • Do not use this medicine to treat a skin problem your doctor has not examined.
  • Call your doctor if your symptoms do not improve or if they get worse.
  • Your doctor will check your progress and the effects of this medicine at regular visits. Keep all appointments.
  • This medicine is not for long-term use.
  • Keep all medicine out of the reach of children. Never share your medicine with anyone.

Possible Side Effects While Using This Medicine:

Call your doctor right away if you notice any of these side effects:

  • Allergic reaction: Itching or hives, swelling in your face or hands, swelling or tingling in your mouth or throat, chest tightness, trouble breathing
  • Color changes on the skin, dark freckles, easy bruising, muscle weakness, round, puffy face
  • Severe burning, pain, redness, swelling, or irritation of the treated skin areas
  • Signs of skin infection such as redness, swelling, drainage, or pus

If you notice these less serious side effects, talk with your doctor:

  • Acne or tiny pimples
  • Mild burning, dryness, irritation, redness, or itching
  • Thinning of the skin

If you notice other side effects that you think are caused by this medicine, tell your doctor

Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088


Last Updated: 5/4/2015


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