Generic Medicine Info
Indications and Dosage
Corticosteroid-responsive dermatoses
Adult: As 0.05% oint/cream: Apply a thin film onto the affected areas 1-4 times daily depending on the severity of the condition.
As treatment for rosacea or perioral dermatitis.
Special Precautions
Pregnancy and lactation.
Adverse Reactions
Significant: HPA axis suppression, manifestations of Cushing’s syndrome, hyperglycaemia, and glycosuria.
Dermatologic: Itching, burning, irritation, dryness, folliculitis, acneiform eruptions, hypopigmentation, perioral dermatitis, allergic contact dermatitis, maceration, atrophy, striae, miliaria, secondary infections.
Patient Counseling Information
Do not apply on the face, eyes, mucous membranes, intertriginous areas, occluded or broken skin, and into a large surface area.
Monitoring Parameters
Monitor for hypothalamic-pituitary adrenal (HPA) axis suppression through ACTH stimulation test, plasma cortisol test, or urinary free cortisol test.
Mechanism of Action: Diflorasone is a glucocorticoid that has anti-inflammatory, antipruritic, and vasoconstrictive actions. It induces phospholipase A2 inhibitory proteins (lipocortins) and sequentially inhibits the release of arachidonic acid, hence depresses the formation, release, and activity of chemical inflammatory mediators.
Absorption: Absorbed through normal intact skin (approx 1%); increased percutaneous absorption in inflamed or occluded skin.
Metabolism: Metabolised in the liver.
Excretion: Via urine and faeces.
Chemical Structure

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Source: National Center for Biotechnology Information. PubChem Database. Diflorasone, CID=71415, https://pubchem.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/compound/Diflorasone (accessed on Jan. 21, 2020)

Store between 20-25°C.
MIMS Class
Topical Corticosteroids
ATC Classification
D07AC10 - diflorasone ; Belongs to the class of potent (group III) corticosteroids. Used in the treatment of dermatological diseases.
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