written by: Victoria Trix•edited by: Emma Lloyd•updated: 4/5/2011
Fluocinonide is a topical steroid that is found in the prescription medications Louocinonide-E, Lidex, Lidex-E, Vanos, Licon, Dermacin and Fluex. It reduces chemicals redness, inflammation and swelling or the tissue or skin.
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Fluocinonide is prescribed to treat skin conditions such as skin irritations due to poison ivy, allergic reactions, poison oak, eczema and psoriasis. This may also be used to treat other conditions that are not listed here.
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Adult and children’s doses require a thin layer to be applied to the affected area one to four times per day. The treatment should be limited to a period of no longer than two weeks or no more than sixty grams per week.
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This medication is not recommended for children unless directed by a physician. Do not cover the treated area with a bandage or other covering unless instructed by your physician. If using for diaper rash do not use rubber pants or tight fitted diapers.
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It is not likely that you will have any drug interactions with this medication if you are taking an oral or injected medication due to the process of application of this medication. Although there can be interactions with any medications none have been reported with this medication. If you are using this topical cream and think one of your medications are interfering with its effects, contact your physician and inform him of any medications you are now taking or was taking at the time of the noticed symptoms.
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If you experience any of the following side effects, get medical help immediately: hives, difficulty breathing, and swelling of the face, lips, tongue or throat. These could be signs of an allergic reaction. If you notice an irritation of the treated area, contact your physician. Other possible side effects that could be serious are blurred vision or seeing halos around lights, mood changes, insomnia, weight gain or puffiness in your face or muscle weakness or feeling tired. Side effects that are less serious and may vanish are itching, burning, peeling or dryness of the skin, headache, stuffy nose, thinning or softening of the skin, irritation around the mouth, swollen hair follicles, color changes in skin of treated area, blisters or stretch marks.
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Do not use if you are allergic to fluocinonide. Tell your doctor if you are allergic to any drugs or have any skin infections. If you have diabetes, make sure your doctor is aware of this fact as fluocinonide may increase the glucose in your blood or urine. This medication can be harmful to an unborn baby so tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan on becoming pregnant.