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Fluex (Generic Fluocinonide Topical)

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Why is this medication prescribed?

Fluocinonide topical is used to treat the itching, redness, dryness, crusting, scaling, inflammation, and discomfort of a variety of skin conditions, including psoriasis (a skin condition in which red, scaly patches develop on some areas of the body) and eczema (a condition in which the skin is dry, itchy, and occasionally develops red, scaly rashes). A group of drugs known as corticosteroids includes fluocinonide. To relieve swelling, redness, and itching, it works by triggering natural chemicals in the skin.

How should this medicine be used?

Fluocinonide topical is available in ointment, cream, solution, and gel in a range of strengths for topical application to the skin. Typically, it is used once to four times a day. Ask your doctor or pharmacist to explain any instructions on your prescription label that you do not understand, and carefully follow their instructions. Adhere to the fluocinonide topical’s instructions exactly. Use only as directed by your doctor, neither more nor less of it, nor more frequently. Unless your doctor instructs you to do so, avoid using it on other parts of your body, wrapping it around your body, or treating other skin disorders.

During the first two weeks of your treatment, your skin’s condition ought to improve. If during this time your symptoms do not get better, call your doctor.

Apply a tiny amount of the ointment, cream, solution, or gel to cover the affected region of skin with a thin layer and gently rub it in to use fluocinonide topical. Make care to immediately wash your hands after.

Read the enclosed written directions carefully before applying fluocinonide topical for the first time. Any portion you do not understand, ask your physician or pharmacist to explain.

Only the skin should be used to apply this medication. Avoid getting fluocinonide topical in your mouth or eyes, and avoid swallowing it. 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.

Only bandage or wrap the treated area if your doctor instructs you to. Such use could exacerbate negative effects.

Avoid using plastic pants or tight-fitting diapers while applying fluocinonide 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.

If the treated area worsens or if burning, swelling, or pus seeping occurs, contact your doctor right once.

Avoid stopping your medication suddenly without first consulting your doctor.

Other uses for this medicine

Ask your doctor or pharmacist for more details if you believe this drug should be used for something else.

What special precautions should I follow?

Before using fluocinonide topical,

Inform the surgeon or dentist that you are using fluocinonide topical before any type of surgery, including dental surgery.

  • If you have an allergy to fluocinonide, any other drugs, or any of the chemicals in topical fluocinonide products, let your doctor and pharmacist know right once. Request a list of the components from your pharmacist.
  • Inform your doctor and pharmacist about any prescription and over-the-counter drugs, vitamins, and dietary supplements you are currently taking or intend to take. Include the following information: additional topical medicines as well as more corticosteroids.
  • Inform your doctor if you have any skin issues, infections, diabetes, liver illness, or Cushing’s syndrome, a disorder brought on by an excess of the hormone corticosteroids.
  • Inform your physician if you are nursing a baby, intend to get pregnant, or are already pregnant. Dial your doctor right away if you find out you’re pregnant while taking fluocinonide.

What should I do if I forget a dose?

As soon as you realize you missed a dose, administer it. If the next dose is soon due, skip the missed one and carry on with your regular dosing plan. Applying a second dose to make up for a missed one is not advised.

What side effects can this medication cause?

Effects of fluocinonide could be negative. 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
  • Acne
  • 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

Call your doctor right away if you have any of the following symptoms:

  • Severely itchy skin
  • Redness, swelling, seeping pus, or other indications of a skin infection where fluocinonide was given to the skin
  • Alterations in the body’s fat distribution
  • Unexpected weight gain
  • Strange fatigue
  • Muscular tremor
  • Moodiness and depression

Children who use topical fluocinonide may be more likely to experience negative side effects, such as reduced growth and delayed weight gain. The dangers of applying this medication to your child’s skin should be discussed with your child’s doctor.

Other negative effects from topical fluocinonide may occur. 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 program online at or by phone at 1-800-332-1088 if you have a serious side event.

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 at room temperature and out of the bathroom and other places with excessive heat and moisture. Avoid freezing it.

As 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.

To make sure that pets, kids, and other people cannot take leftover pharmaceuticals, they should be disposed of in a specific manner. You shouldn’t flush this medication down the toilet, though. The best option to get rid of your medication is instead through a medication take-back program. To find out about take-back initiatives in your neighborhood, speak with your pharmacist or get in touch with your city’s waste/recycling department. If you do not have access to a take-back program, you can find more information at the FDA’s Safe Disposal of Medicines website (

In case of emergency/overdose

Call 1-800-222-1222 to reach your local poison control center if someone ingests fluocinonide 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 your body reacts to fluocinonide, your doctor may request specific lab tests.

Do not share your medication with anybody else. Any queries you may have regarding medication refills should be directed to your pharmacist.

You should keep a written record of every medication you take, including any over-the-counter (OTC) items, prescription drugs, and dietary supplements like vitamins and minerals. This list should be brought with you whenever you see a doctor or are admitted to the hospital. You should always have this information with you in case of emergencies.

Brand names

  • Dermacin®
  • Fluex®
  • Fluonex®
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