Indications And Clinical Uses: For topical therapy of corticosteroid-responsive acute and chronic skin eruptions where an anti-inflammatory, anti-allergenic and antipruritic activity in the topical management is required.
Contra-Indications: Untreated bacterial, tubercular, fungal and most viral lesions of the skin (including herpes simplex, vaccinia and varicella). Contraindicated in individuals with a history of hypersensitivity to any of the components.
Manufacturers’ Warnings In Clinical States: Pregnancy and Lactation: The safety of topical corticosteroids during pregnancy or lactation has not been established. The potential benefit of topical corticosteroids, if used during pregnancy or lactation, should be weighed against possible hazard to the fetus or the nursing infant.
Not for ophthalmic use.
Precautions: Not recommended for use under occlusive dressings.
Apply cautiously on lesions close to the eye. Severe irritation is possible if these formulations contact the eye. Should this occur, immediate flushing of the eye with a large volume of water is recommended.
Prolonged use of topical corticosteroid products may produce atrophy of the skin and of s.c. tissues, particularly on flexor surfaces and on the face. If this is noted, discontinue its use.
Use with caution in patients with stasis dermatitis and other skin diseases associated with impaired circulation.
If a symptomatic response is not noted within a few days to a week, the local applications of corticosteroids should be discontinued and the patient re-evaluated.
During the use of topical corticosteroids, secondary infections may occur.
Although hypersensitivity reactions have been rare with topically applied steroid products, the drug should be discontinued and appropriate therapy instituted if there are signs of reaction.
In cases of bacterial infections of the skin, appropriate antibacterial agents should be used as primary therapy. If it is considered necessary, the topical corticosteroid product may be used as an adjunct to control inflammation, erythema and itching.
Patients should be advised to inform subsequent physicians of the prior use of corticosteroids.
Significant systemic absorption may result when steroids are applied over large areas of the body. To minimize the possibility, when long-term therapy is anticipated, interrupt treatment periodically or treat one area of the body at a time.
Laboratory Tests: Urinary free cortisol test and ACTH stimulation test may be helpful in evaluating HPA axis suppression.
Adverse Reactions: The following adverse skin reactions have been reported with the use of topical steroids: dryness, burning, itching, local irritation, striae, skin atrophy, atrophy of s.c. tissues, telangiectasia, hypertrichosis, change in pigmentation and secondary infection. Adrenal suppression has also been reported following topical corticosteroid therapy. Posterior subcapsular cataracts have been reported following systemic use of corticosteroids.
Symptoms And Treatment Of Overdose: Symptoms and Treatment: There is no specific antidote, but gastric lavage should be performed.
In the case of hypercorticism and/or adrenal suppression, discontinue therapy.
Dosage And Administration: The cream is recommended for moist, weeping lesions. The ointment is suitable when an emollient effect is desired.
A small amount of cream or ointment should be applied gently on the affected skin area, 2 to 4 times daily, depending on the severity of the condition.
It is recommended that the cream or ointment not be used under occlusive conditions.
Availability And Storage: Cream: Each tube contains: fluocinonide 0.05% in a greaseless, nonstaining, water washable, hydrophilic cream base designed for optimal release of the active ingredients. Nonmedicinal ingredients: citric acid, 1,2, 6-hexanetriol, polyethylene glycol 6 000, propylene glycol and stearyl alcohol. Ethylene glycol-, lanolin-, parabens- and phenolic compounds-free. Tubes of 60 g.
Ointment: Each tube contains: fluocinonide 0.05% in an ointment base providing optimal release of fluocinonide while retaining the occlusive and emollient effects desirable in an ointment. Nonmedicinal ingredients: Amerchol CAB, propylene carbonate, propylene glycol and white petrolatum. Ethylene glycol-, lanolin-, parabens- and phenolic compounds-free. Tubes of 60 g.
Store at room temperature. Avoid excessive heat above 40°C.
LIDEX® Medicis Fluocinonide Topical Corticosteroid