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Fluocet (Generic Fluocinolone Topical)

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Why is this medication prescribed?

Fluocinolone topical is a medication prescribed for the treatment of various skin conditions, such as eczema, dermatitis, psoriasis, and certain types of rashes. It belongs to a class of drugs known as corticosteroids, which work by reducing inflammation, itching, and redness associated with these skin conditions.

How should this medicine be used?

When using fluocinolone topical, it’s important to follow your doctor’s instructions and the directions on the prescription label carefully. Here are some general guidelines for using fluocinolone topical:

  • Wash your hands before and after applying the medication.
  • Clean and dry the affected area before applying fluocinolone topical.
  • Apply a thin layer of the medication to the affected area and gently rub it in until it is absorbed.
  • Use only enough medication to cover the affected area. Avoid applying it to unaffected areas of the skin.
  • Do not bandage or wrap the treated area unless directed by your doctor.
  • Use fluocinolone topical exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Do not use it more often or for longer than recommended.
  • If you are using other topical medications or moisturizers, wait a few minutes after applying fluocinolone topical before applying them to the same area.
  • Avoid getting the medication in your eyes, nose, or mouth. If accidental contact occurs, rinse thoroughly with water.
  • Do not apply fluocinolone topical to broken or infected skin unless directed by your doctor.
  • If your symptoms do not improve or worsen after using fluocinolone topical, contact your doctor.

It’s important to note that fluocinolone topical is for external use only and should not be ingested. If you have any questions or concerns about how to use fluocinolone topical, consult your doctor or pharmacist for further guidance.

Other uses for this medicine

Fluocinolone topical may be prescribed for conditions beyond those mentioned earlier. Some other uses of fluocinolone topical include:

  • Pruritus (itching) associated with various skin conditions
  • Lichen planus (an inflammatory skin condition)
  • Discoid lupus erythematosus (a chronic autoimmune disease affecting the skin)

What special precautions should I follow?

Regarding special precautions for fluocinolone topical, it’s essential to consider the following:

  • Allergies: Inform your doctor if you have any allergies to fluocinolone or any other medications. This product may contain inactive ingredients that can cause allergic reactions or other problems.
  • Medical history: Disclose your medical history, especially of other skin conditions (such as rosacea, perioral dermatitis), immune system problems, poor blood circulation, or diabetes. This information helps your doctor make informed decisions about your treatment plan.
  • Pregnancy and breastfeeding: If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, discuss the risks and benefits of using fluocinolone topical with your doctor. It is generally recommended to use this medication only when clearly needed and under medical supervision.
  • Children: The safety and effectiveness of fluocinolone topical in pediatric patients have not been established for long-term use. It should be used with caution in children and only under the supervision of a healthcare professional.
  • Avoid prolonged use: Prolonged use of topical corticosteroids may lead to skin thinning, stretch marks, or other side effects. Follow your doctor’s instructions carefully regarding the duration and frequency of use.
  • Interactions: Inform your doctor of all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medications you are taking, as fluocinolone topical may interact with certain drugs.
  • Eye contact: Avoid getting fluocinolone topical in your eyes. If accidental contact occurs, rinse your eyes thoroughly with water.
  • Skin infections: Topical corticosteroids like fluocinolone should not be used to treat skin infections unless directed by a healthcare professional, as they may worsen certain types of infections.

Always use fluocinolone topical as directed by your doctor and follow their recommendations for a safe and effective treatment outcome. If you have any concerns or questions about the precautions associated with fluocinolone topical, consult your healthcare provider for personalized advice.

What special dietary instructions should I follow?

Regarding special dietary instructions, there are typically no specific dietary restrictions associated with the use of fluocinolone topical. However, maintaining a healthy and balanced diet can contribute to overall skin health and may complement the treatment of skin conditions.

What should I do if I forget a dose?

If you forget to apply a dose of fluocinolone topical, follow these steps:

  • Apply the missed dose as soon as you remember: If it is close to the time for your next scheduled dose, skip the missed dose and continue with your regular dosing schedule.
  • Do not double up on doses: Do not apply extra medication to make up for the missed dose, as this can increase the risk of side effects without providing additional benefit.
  • Resume regular dosing schedule: Continue applying fluocinolone topical as prescribed by your healthcare provider, adhering to the recommended frequency and duration of use.

What side effects can this medication cause?

Fluocinolone topical, like any medication, may cause side effects, although not everyone experiences them. Common side effects may include:

  • Burning or stinging: Some individuals may experience a temporary burning or stinging sensation at the site of application.
  • Itching or irritation: Fluocinolone may sometimes cause itching or irritation of the skin, especially if used for an extended period or on sensitive areas.
  • Dryness or peeling: Topical corticosteroids can sometimes cause dryness or peeling of the skin, particularly if used excessively or on thin skin areas.
  • Redness or inflammation: Skin redness or inflammation may occur, especially in individuals with sensitive skin or those predisposed to skin reactions.
  • Acne or folliculitis: Long-term use of fluocinolone topical may lead to acne or folliculitis, which is inflammation of the hair follicles.
  • Thinning of the skin: Prolonged use or excessive application of fluocinolone topical may cause thinning of the skin, making it more prone to bruising and tearing.
  • Hypopigmentation or hyperpigmentation: Changes in skin pigmentation may occur, leading to lighter or darker areas of skin, especially with prolonged use or on certain skin types.
  • Allergic reactions: In rare cases, allergic reactions such as rash, itching, swelling, dizziness, or trouble breathing may occur. Seek immediate medical attention if you experience any signs of an allergic reaction.
  • Secondary infections: Although uncommon, topical corticosteroids can sometimes increase the risk of secondary bacterial, fungal, or viral infections of the skin.

It’s essential to follow your doctor’s instructions carefully when using fluocinolone topical to minimize the risk of side effects. If you experience any persistent or severe side effects, or if you have concerns about the medication, contact your healthcare provider for further guidance. They can provide personalized advice and may adjust your treatment regimen if necessary.

What should I know about storage and disposal of this medication?

Storage and Disposal of fluocinolone topical:


  • Store fluocinolone topical at room temperature, away from moisture and heat.
  • Keep the medication out of reach of children and pets.
  • Do not freeze fluocinolone topical.


  • Dispose of fluocinolone topical according to the instructions provided by your pharmacist or local waste disposal company.
  • Do not flush medications down the toilet or pour them into a drain unless instructed to do so.
  • Properly discard any expired or unused medication.

In case of emergency/overdose

In case of emergency or overdose of fluocinolone topical, take the following steps:

  • In case of accidental ingestion of fluocinolone topical or if you suspect an overdose, seek emergency medical attention or contact your local poison control center immediately.
  • Symptoms of overdose may include excessive redness, swelling, burning, or itching at the site of application.

What other information should I know?

  • Keep all appointments with your doctor while using fluocinolone topical. Your doctor may need to monitor your progress and adjust your treatment plan accordingly.
  • Do not share fluocinolone topical with others, even if they have similar symptoms. It is prescribed for your specific condition and should not be used by anyone else without medical advice.
  • Inform any healthcare provider or dentist treating you that you are using fluocinolone topical, as it may interact with other medications or procedures.
  • Avoid prolonged exposure to sunlight or tanning beds while using fluocinolone topical, as it may increase your risk of sunburn.
  • If you are using fluocinolone topical on the face, be cautious around the eyes and mouth to avoid accidental contact.
  • Follow any dietary or lifestyle recommendations provided by your doctor to help manage your skin condition effectively.

By following these guidelines for storage, disposal, emergency procedures, and additional information, you can use fluocinolone topical safely and effectively as prescribed by your healthcare provider. If you have any further questions or concerns, do not hesitate to consult your doctor or pharmacist for guidance.

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