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Fluticasone Topical

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Why is this medication prescribed?

Fluticasone topical is prescribed for the treatment of various skin conditions, particularly those associated with inflammation and itching. Some common conditions it is used to treat include eczema (atopic dermatitis), psoriasis, and allergic reactions of the skin. Fluticasone topical works by reducing inflammation, itching, and redness associated with these conditions.

How should this medicine be used?

Here’s how Fluticasone topical is typically used:

  • Follow Doctor’s Instructions: Always use Fluticasone topical as directed by your healthcare provider. Do not use more or less of it or use it more often than prescribed. Fluticasone topical comes as an ointment, cream, and lotion to apply to the skin.
  • Clean and Dry Affected Area: Before applying Fluticasone topical, clean and dry the affected area of the skin thoroughly.
  • Apply a Thin Layer: Apply a thin layer of the medication to the affected area(s) of the skin. Gently rub it in until it is evenly distributed.
  • Wash Hands After Application: After applying Fluticasone topical, wash your hands thoroughly to avoid inadvertently transferring the medication to other areas of the body or to mucous membranes.
  • Avoid Contact with Eyes and Mouth: Take care to avoid getting Fluticasone topical into your eyes or mouth. If accidental contact occurs, rinse the affected area(s) with water.
  • Use Regularly: Use Fluticasone topical regularly as prescribed, even if your symptoms improve. Stopping the medication too early may allow the condition to return or worsen.
  • Monitor for Adverse Reactions: Keep an eye out for any signs of adverse reactions, such as skin irritation, burning, or itching, and report them to your healthcare provider if they occur.
  • Do Not Bandage or Wrap Treated Area: Unless specifically instructed by your doctor, do not bandage or wrap the treated area(s) after applying Fluticasone topical, as this may increase the absorption of the medication into the body and lead to unwanted side effects.
  • Continue Treatment as Directed: Continue using Fluticasone topical for the full course of treatment prescribed by your doctor, even if your symptoms improve before the prescribed duration is over.

Always consult your healthcare provider or pharmacist if you have any questions or concerns about the proper use of Fluticasone topical or if you experience any unexpected side effects.

Other uses for this medicine

Fluticasone topical is primarily used for the treatment of various skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis, and allergic reactions of the skin. However, it may also be used for other purposes as determined by your healthcare provider. Some off-label uses of Fluticasone topical may include the treatment of certain types of dermatitis, rash, or inflammation caused by other skin conditions.

What special precautions should I follow?

When using Fluticasone topical, it’s essential to take special precautions to ensure safe and effective use:

  • Avoid Prolonged Use: Fluticasone topical should not be used for extended periods without the recommendation of a healthcare professional. Long-term use may lead to skin thinning, discoloration, or other adverse effects.
  • Avoid Exposure to Sunlight: Fluticasone topical may increase the skin’s sensitivity to sunlight. Avoid prolonged exposure to sunlight or tanning beds while using this medication. Use sunscreen and protective clothing when outdoors.
  • Use with Caution on Sensitive Areas: Take extra care when applying Fluticasone topical to sensitive areas of the skin, such as the face, groin, or armpits. These areas may be more prone to side effects such as skin thinning or irritation.
  • Do Not Use on Broken or Infected Skin: Do not apply Fluticasone topical to open wounds, broken skin, or areas with active infections. This medication should only be used on intact skin unless directed otherwise by a healthcare professional.
  • Monitor for Systemic Effects: Although Fluticasone topical is primarily applied to the skin, a small amount may be absorbed into the bloodstream. Monitor for signs of systemic effects such as adrenal suppression, especially in children and those using high doses or for prolonged periods.
  • Consult with Healthcare Provider: Before using Fluticasone topical, inform your healthcare provider about any existing medical conditions, allergies, or medications you are taking, including prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal products.
  • Pregnancy and Breastfeeding: If you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or breastfeeding, discuss the risks and benefits of using Fluticasone topical with your healthcare provider. It’s essential to weigh the potential risks to the fetus or infant against the benefits of treatment.
  • Children and Elderly: Use Fluticasone topical with caution in children and older adults, as they may be more sensitive to its effects. Follow your healthcare provider’s recommendations regarding dosage and duration of treatment.
  • Discontinue Use if Adverse Reactions Occur: If you experience any severe or persistent side effects while using Fluticasone topical, discontinue use and consult your healthcare provider immediately.

Always adhere to the advice and instructions provided by your healthcare provider regarding the use of Fluticasone topical to ensure safe and effective treatment.

What special dietary instructions should I follow?

Regarding special dietary instructions, there are no specific dietary restrictions associated with Fluticasone topical use. However, maintaining a balanced diet and adequate hydration can support overall skin health and may complement treatment.

What should I do if I forget a dose?

If you forget to apply a dose of Fluticasone topical, apply it as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for your next scheduled dose, skip the missed dose and continue with your regular dosing schedule. Do not apply extra medication to make up for a missed dose. If you are unsure about what to do, consult your healthcare provider or pharmacist for guidance.

What side effects can this medication cause?

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

  • Skin Irritation: This can manifest as redness, itching, burning, or stinging at the application site.
  • Skin Thinning: Prolonged use of Fluticasone topical, especially on large areas of skin or under occlusive dressings, may lead to skin thinning, making it more prone to damage or bruising.
  • Contact Dermatitis: Some individuals may develop an allergic reaction to Fluticasone topical, leading to contact dermatitis characterized by redness, swelling, or rash at the application site.
  • Hypopigmentation: Long-term use of Fluticasone topical may cause a reduction in skin pigmentation at the site of application.
  • Folliculitis: Inflammation of hair follicles may occur, leading to small, pus-filled bumps or pustules.
  • Acneiform Eruptions: Some individuals may develop acne-like eruptions or worsening of existing acne.
  • Exacerbation of Infection: Although rare, inappropriate use of Fluticasone topical on infected skin may worsen the infection or lead to the spread of bacteria or fungi.
  • Systemic Effects: While uncommon with topical use, absorption of Fluticasone into the bloodstream can occur, potentially leading to systemic effects such as adrenal suppression, especially with prolonged use, high doses, or use on large areas of skin.
  • Increased Intraocular Pressure: Rarely, individuals with pre-existing glaucoma or cataracts may experience an increase in intraocular pressure with prolonged use of Fluticasone topical near the eyes.

It’s important to note that these side effects are not exhaustive, and some individuals may experience other adverse reactions. If you experience severe or persistent side effects while using Fluticasone topical, discontinue use and consult your healthcare provider for further evaluation and guidance. Additionally, if you notice any signs of infection or changes in your skin condition, seek medical attention promptly.

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

Here’s what you should know about the storage and disposal of Fluticasone topical:


  • Store Fluticasone topical at room temperature, away from moisture, heat, and direct sunlight.
  • Keep the medication out of reach of children and pets.
  • Do not freeze Fluticasone topical.
  • Keep the container tightly closed when not in use to prevent contamination.


  • Dispose of Fluticasone topical according to local regulations or guidelines for medication disposal.
  • Do not flush Fluticasone topical down the toilet or pour it down the drain unless instructed to do so by your healthcare provider or pharmacist.
  • If you have unused or expired Fluticasone topical, consult with your pharmacist or local waste disposal facility on the proper disposal method.

In case of emergency/overdose

In case of emergency or overdose of Fluticasone topical:

  • If someone has ingested Fluticasone topical or if you suspect an overdose, contact your local poison control center (in the United States, you can reach Poison Help at 1-800-222-1222) or seek emergency medical attention immediately.
  • If the medication is accidentally applied to the eyes or mouth, rinse the affected area(s) with water immediately and seek medical advice if irritation persists.

What other information should I know?

  • Do not share Fluticasone topical with others, even if they have similar symptoms, as it may not be suitable for their condition.
  • Inform your healthcare provider about any other medications, including prescription, over-the-counter, or herbal supplements, you are taking, as they may interact with Fluticasone topical.
  • Follow all instructions provided by your healthcare provider regarding the use of Fluticasone topical, including dosage, frequency, and duration of treatment.
  • If your symptoms do not improve or worsen after using Fluticasone topical, consult your healthcare provider for further evaluation and management.

By following these guidelines, you can ensure safe and effective use of Fluticasone topical while minimizing the risk of adverse effects or complications.

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