Fluticasone helps relieve inflammation and itch that may occur with certain skin problems.
Apply Fluticasone exactly as directed by your doctor or according to the instructions on the label. Do not use more often or over a larger area than instructed by your doctor.
This medicine is available as a cream, ointment, or a lotion.
To apply the cream, ointment or lotion, follow these steps:
- Wash your hands.
- Clean and dry affected area before application.
- Rub the medicine gently on the affected area until it disappears. Do not cover, wrap or bandage the area unless instructed by the doctor.
- Wash your hands after using.
- Replace the cap of the tube or bottle.
Avoid any contact of this medicine with yours eyes. Rinse immediately with water if this medicine accidentally gets into your eyes. Alert your doctor if you start to have any problems with your eyesight.
Do not use this medicine with occlusive dressing unless instructed by the doctor.
The dose of this medicine will be decided by your doctor. Your doctor will advise you on the treatment timeframe depending on the severity of your condition and response to the medication.
Fluticasone must be used regularly for it to be effective. Continue using it even when you feel better. Do not stop using it suddenly as it may worsen your condition.
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 apply a double dose to make up for the missed dose.
If you often forget to use your medicine, let your doctor and pharmacist know.
Alert your doctor if you have the following conditions:
- active or untreated skin infection
- acne (also known as pimple)
- rosacea (skin flushing or blushing usually around your nose and cheeks)
- perioral dermatitis (spotty red rashes of the skin around your mouth)
- itching of the skin around your anus or genitals
- itchy skin without swelling
as Fluticasone may not be suitable for you.
Do not give this medicine to an infant below 3 months old unless instructed to do so by the doctor.
Inform your doctor if you have the following conditions:
- psoriasis (a type of skin disease that allows the skin cells to rapidly build up causing itchy patches of thick, red skin and silvery scales)
- history of skin allergy to other corticosteroids (anti-inflammatory medicines)
- long-term leg ulceration
- liver disease
Let your doctor know if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
Be sure to check with your doctor or pharmacist before giving Fluticasone to a child.
Inform your doctor if you are applying this medicine under an airtight dressing such as a child’s nappy, as these dressings may make it easier for Fluticasone to be absorbed through the skin.
Do not apply this medicine to thin skin such as your face, groin or armpits, and to large areas of your skin unless instructed to do so by your doctor.
Do not apply on damaged or broken skin.
Inform your doctor if your condition does not improve or if it worsens.
Take good care of your skin by keeping it clean and dry. Warm and moist conditions of the skin such as within skin folds or under an occlusive dressing may encourage risk of infection.
To avoid burns, do not smoke or go near naked flames. Fabrics (e.g. dressing, clothing, bedding) that has been in contact with this medicine must be washed to reduce product build up or any serious fire hazards.
Monitoring of the growth (e.g. height) may be necessary for children using this medicine.
Keep your appointments with your doctor. Your doctor needs to monitor your condition and check your response to the medication regularly.
Fluticasone may cause any of the following side effects: skin irritation, itching, burning sensation, drying, redness, bruising, thinning, wrinkling and stretch mark development.
If you develop rashes, breathlessness, swollen mouth or eyes, stop using Fluticasone and inform your doctor immediately. 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.
Inform your doctor and pharmacist if you are taking any of these medicines:
- itraconazole (medicine to treat fungal infection)
- ritonavir (medicine for HIV infection)
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.
Store in a cool, dry place away from the reach of children.
Medicines must not be used past the expiry date.