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Why is this medication prescribed?
Diflorasone is used to treat a variety of skin problems, including psoriasis (a skin ailment in which red, scaly patches appear on some sections of the body) and eczema, for its associated itching, redness, dryness, crusting, scaling, inflammation, and pain (a skin disease that causes the skin to be dry and itchy and to sometimes develop red, scaly rashes). Diflorasone belongs to the corticosteroid drug class. It reduces swelling, redness, and itching by causing natural chemicals in the skin to become active.
How should this medicine be used?
Diflorasone is available as a skin-applying cream and ointment. The affected area is typically treated one to three times each day. Use diflorasone daily at roughly the same time to assist you remember to do so. Ask your doctor or pharmacist to explain any instructions on your prescription label that you are unsure about following. Use diflorasone precisely as advised. Use it only as directed by your doctor, neither more nor less often.
Use a tiny amount of cream or ointment to the affected region of skin to create a thin film before using diflorasone topical.
Only the skin should be used to apply this medication. Do not swallow diflorasone topical and avoid getting it in your eyes or mouth. Unless specifically instructed by your doctor, avoid using it on the face, in genital and rectal areas, as well as in skin folds and armpits.
Avoid using plastic or tight-fitting diapers while applying diflorasone to a child’s diaper area. Such use could exacerbate negative effects.
Without first consulting your doctor, avoid using any other skin creams or preparations on the treated region.
Only bandage or wrap the treated area if your doctor instructs you to. Such use could exacerbate negative effects.
Other uses for this medicine
Ask your doctor or chemist for more details if you believe this drug should be used for something else.
What special precautions should I follow?
Before using diflorasone,
- If you have an allergy to diflorasone, any other drugs, or any of the ingredients in diflorasone topical treatments, inform your doctor and pharmacist right away. Get a list of the components from your pharmacist.
- Inform your physician and chemist about all prescription and over-the-counter drugs, vitamins, dietary supplements, and herbal products you are using.
- Inform your doctor if you have any skin issues, including infections, diabetes, or Cushing’s syndrome (an abnormal condition that is caused by excess hormones [corticosteroids]).
- Inform your physician if you are nursing a baby, intend to get pregnant, or are already pregnant. Call your doctor if you become pregnant while taking diflorasone.
- Inform the surgeon or dentist that you are using betamethasone topical if you are having surgery, including dental surgery.
What should I do if I forget a dose?
As soon as you recall, take the missed dose. Skip the missed dose and carry on with your regular dosing plan, nevertheless, if it is almost time for the subsequent dose. To make up for a missing dose, avoid applying a second one.
What side effects can this medication cause?
Diflorasone could have negative effects. If any of these symptoms are severe or do not go away, let your doctor know right once:
- Skin that is burning, itchy, irritated, red, or dry or cracked
- Higher hair growth
- Alteration in skin tone
- Skin that is glossy or bruised
- Rash or small red pimples around the mouth
- Little skin lumps that are white or red
Certain adverse effects can be very harmful. Call your doctor right away if you have any of the following symptoms:
- Redness, swelling, pustules, or other symptoms of a skin infection where you used the diflorasone cream
- Alterations in the body’s fat distribution
- Unexpected weight gain
- Strange fatigue
- Muscular tremor
- Moodiness and depression
Children who use topical diflorasone may be more likely to experience negative side effects, such as reduced growth and delayed weight gain. Discuss the dangers of giving your child medication topically with your doctor.
There may be more negative effects with difflorasone. If you experience any strange issues while taking this drug, call your doctor right away.
You or your doctor can submit a report to the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) MedWatch Adverse Event Reporting programme online or by phone if you have a serious side event (1-800-332-1088).
What should I know about storage and disposal of this medication?
Keep this medication tightly closed in the original container and out of the reach of children. Keep it away from excessive heat and moisture at room temperature (not in the bathroom).
Unused prescriptions must be disposed of carefully to prevent pets, kids, and other people from ingesting them. You should not, however, dispose of this medication in the toilet. Instead, utilising a medicine take-back programme is the easiest approach to get rid of your medication. To find out about take-back programmes in your area, speak with your pharmacist or the garbage/recycling department in your city. If you do not have access to a take-back programme, see the FDA’s Safe Disposal of Medications website at http://goo.gl/c4Rm4p for additional information.
Although many containers (such as weekly pill minders and those for eye drops, creams, patches, and inhalers) are not child-resistant and are simple for young children to open, it is crucial to keep all medications out of sight and out of reach of children. Always lock safety caps and promptly stash medication up and away from young children where it is out of their sight and reach to prevent poisoning. http://www.upandaway.org
In case of emergency/overdose
Dial 1-800-222-1222 to reach your local poison control centre if someone consumes diflorasone topical. Dial 911 to reach the nearest emergency services if the sufferer has collapsed or has stopped breathing.
What other information should I know?
Keep all of your appointments with your physician and the lab. To determine how well your body is responding to diflorasone, your doctor may request specific lab tests.
Do not share your medication with anybody else. Use just for the skin problem for which it was given. Do not use for any other skin conditions. Any queries you may have regarding prescription refills should be directed to your chemist.
You should keep a written record of every drug you take, including prescription and nonprescription (over-the-counter) medications, vitamins, minerals, and other dietary supplements. Every time you see a doctor or are admitted to the hospital, you should carry this list with you. Also, it is crucial to have this knowledge on hand in case of emergency.