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Diflucortolone - Topical/Cutaneous - Patient Medicine Information

> Why do I need this medicine?
> How do I use this medicine?
> What should I do if I have forgotten to use this medicine?
> When should I not use this medicine?
> What should I take note of while using this medicine?
> What side effects could I experience?
> Can I take this with other medicines?
> How should I store this medicine?

 

Why do I need this medicine?

Diflucortolone helps relieve inflammation and itch that may occur with certain skin problems such as eczema and psoriasis.

How do I use this medicine?

Apply Diflucortolone exactly as directed by your doctor or according to the instructions on the label. Do not use more often or longer than instructed by your doctor.

If you have been given a cream or ointment, follow these steps:

1. Wash your hands.
2. Clean and dry affected area before application.
3. Rub Diflucortolone it in gently on the skin until it disappears. Do not cover, wrap or bandage the area, unless instructed by your doctor.
4. Wash your hands after using.
5. Replace the cap of the tube.

Avoid contact with eyes or mouth. Rinse immediately with water if this medicine gets into your eyes or mouth. Alert your doctor if you start to have any problems with your eyes.

Diflucortolone must be used regularly for it to be effective. Continue using this medicine until your skin problem is controlled. Do not stop using it unless instructed by the doctor. Your doctor may want to reduce the dose of Diflucortolone gradually before stopping it completely.

What should I do if I have forgotten to use this medicine?

Apply the missed dose as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and return to your normal dosing schedule.

DO NOT double a dose under any circumstances.

If you often forget to use your medicine, let your doctor and pharmacist know.

When should I not use this medicine?

Alert your doctor if you have the following conditions:

- other skin problems or infections
- tuberculosis (TB) of the skin
- sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) e.g. herpes, syphilis
as Diflucortolone may not be suitable for you.

Do not give Diflucortolone to infants (below 1 year old) unless instructed by your doctor to do so.

What should I take note of while using this medicine?

Inform your doctor if you have stasis dermatitis (an inflammatory condition where there is an accumulation of blood in the veins of the lower legs) or other skin diseases due to poor blood circulation.

Let your doctor know if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.

Do not apply on large areas of your skin.

Do not apply on skin that is broken, infected or discharging fluid or pus.

Do not apply Diflucortolone on your face, groin, or armpits unless instructed by your doctor to do so.

Tell your doctor if your condition does not improve or if it worsens.

What side effects could I experience?

Diflucortolone may cause any of the following side effects: skin irritation such as a burning or itching sensation, dry skin, thinning of the skin and changes in skin tone.

If you develop rashes, breathlessness, swollen mouth or eyes, stop using the medicine and inform your doctor quickly. These could be signs of an allergic reaction.

Inform your doctor if any of these side effects do not go away or are severe, or if you experience other side effects.

Can I take this with other medicines?

Inform your doctor and pharmacist if you are given minoxidil for high blood pressure (oral) or to stimulate hair growth (topical).

Let your doctor know if you are using any other creams, ointments or other medicines on the affected area.

Always notify your doctor and pharmacist if you are taking any other medicines, including herbal tonics such as traditional Chinese medicines, supplements and medicines that you buy without a prescription.

How should I store this medicine?

Store in a cool, dry place away from the reach of children.

Medicines must not be used past the expiry date.

This information is independently developed by MIMS based on Diflucortolone - Topical/Cutaneous and is provided for your reference only. It is not a replacement for and should only be used in conjunction with full consultation with a licensed healthcare professional, the information provided by your pharmacist and/or the manufacturer of the medication. It may not contain all the available information you require and cannot substitute professional medical care, nor does it take into account all individual circumstances. Although great effort has been made to ensure content accuracy, we shall not be held responsible or liable for any claims or damages arising from the use or misuse of the information contained herein, its contents or omissions, or otherwise. Copyright © 2019 MIMS. All rights reserved. Powered by MIMS.com

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