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In this Article
- What is fluocinolone topical (Synalar)?
- What are the possible side effects of fluocinolone topical (Synalar)?
- What is the most important information I should know about fluocinolone topical (Synalar)?
- What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before using fluocinolone topical (Synalar)?
- How should I use fluocinolone topical (Synalar)?
- What happens if I miss a dose (Synalar)?
- What happens if I overdose (Synalar)?
- What should I avoid while using fluocinolone topical (Synalar)?
- What other drugs will affect fluocinolone topical (Synalar)?
- Where can I get more information?
What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before using fluocinolone topical (Synalar)?
You should not use this medication if you are allergic to fluocinolone.
To make sure fluocinolone topical is safe for you, tell your doctor if you have any type of skin infection.
Also tell your doctor if you have diabetes. Topical steroid medicines absorbed through the skin may increase the glucose (sugar) levels in your blood or urine.
FDA pregnancy category C. It is not known whether fluocinolone topical will harm an unborn baby. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant while using this medication.
It is not known whether fluocinolone topical passes into breast milk or if it could harm a nursing baby. Do not apply this medication to your chest area if you are breast-feeding a baby.
Children can absorb larger amounts of this medication through the skin and may be more likely to have side effects, or a delay in growth with long-term use. Talk with your doctor if you think your child is not growing at a normal rate while using this medication over a long treatment period.
How should I use fluocinolone topical (Synalar)?
Follow all directions on your prescription label. Do not use this medicine in larger or smaller amounts or for longer than recommended. Topical steroid medicine can be absorbed through the skin, which may cause steroid side effects throughout the body.
Do not cover treated skin areas with a bandage or other covering unless your doctor has told you to. If you are treating the diaper area of a baby, do not use plastic pants or tight-fitting diapers.
Covering the skin that is treated with fluocinolone topical can increase the amount of medicine your skin absorbs, which may lead to unwanted side effects. However, plastic film covering (such as plastic wrap or a shower cap) is sometimes used when treating psoriasis. Follow your doctor's instructions.
Wash your hands before and after using fluocinolone topical, unless you are using the medication to treat the skin on your hands.
Apply a small amount of the medicine to the affected area and rub it gently into the skin. Do not use this medication over a large area of skin.
If you are using the shampoo form of this medication, apply a small amount (1 ounce or less) to wet hair and work into a lather. Leave the shampoo on the scalp for 5 minutes and then rinse thoroughly.
Call your doctor if your symptoms do not improve, if they get worse, or if you develop signs of a skin infection.
If you use this medication long-term, you may need frequent medical tests at your doctor's office.
Store at room temperature away from moisture and heat. Keep the bottle tightly closed when not in use.
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