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Vanos Side Effects Center
Medical Editor: John P. Cunha, DO, FACOEP
Vanos (fluocinonide) Cream, 0.1%, is used to treat the inflammation and itching caused by a number of skin conditions such as allergic reactions, eczema, and psoriasis. It is a topical (for the skin) steroid. Common side effects include burning, stinging, itching, dryness, or redness when this medication is first applied to the skin. This should disappear in a few days as your body adjusts to the medication.
For psoriasis, apply a thin layer dose of Vanos Cream once or twice daily to the affected skin areas as directed by a physician. For atopic dermatitis, apply a thin layer of Vanos Cream once daily to the affected skin areas as directed by a physician. For corticosteroid responsive dermatoses, other than psoriasis or atopic dermatitis, apply a thin layer of Vanos Cream once or twice daily to the affected areas as directed by a physician. It is not likely that other drugs you take orally or inject will have an effect on topically applied Vanos. But many drugs can interact with each other. Tell your doctor all prescription and over-the-counter medications and supplements you use. During pregnancy, Vanos should be used only when prescribed. It is unknown if this drug passes into breast milk when applied to the skin. Similar medications pass into breast milk when taken by mouth. Consult your doctor before breast-feeding.
Our Vanos (fluocinonide) Side Effects Drug Center provides a comprehensive view of available drug information on the potential side effects when taking this medication.
This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
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Vanos in Detail - Patient Information: Side Effects
Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.
Stop using this medication and call your doctor at once if you have severe irritation of any treated skin, or if you show signs of absorbing fluocinolone topical through your skin, such as:
- blurred vision, or seeing halos around lights;
- mood changes;
- sleep problems (insomnia);
- weight gain, puffiness in your face; or
- muscle weakness, feeling tired.
Less serious side effects may include:
- mild skin itching, burning, peeling, or dryness;
- stuffy nose, sore throat;
- thinning or softening of your skin;
- skin rash or irritation around your mouth;
- swollen hair follicles;
- changes in color of treated skin;
- blisters, pimples, or crusting of treated skin; or
- stretch marks.
This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Tell your doctor about any unusual or bothersome side effect. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
Read the entire detailed patient monograph for Vanos (Fluocinonide)
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Vanos Overview - Patient Information: Side Effects
Remember that your doctor has prescribed this medication because he or she has judged that the benefit to you is greater than the risk of side effects. Many people using this medication do not have serious side effects.
Tell your doctor if any of these unlikely but serious side effects occur: stretch marks, skin thinning/discoloration, acne, extreme/unwanted hair growth, "hair bumps" (folliculitis).
Skin infections can become worse when this medication is used. Notify your doctor promptly if redness, swelling, or irritation does not improve.
Rarely, it is possible this medication will be absorbed from the skin into the bloodstream. This can lead to side effects of too much corticosteroid. These side effects are more likely in children, and in people who use this medication for a long time or over large areas of the skin. Tell your doctor right away if any of the following side effects occur: unusual/extreme tiredness, weight loss, headache, swelling ankles/feet, increased thirst/urination, vision problems.
A very serious allergic reaction to this drug is rare. However, seek immediate medical attention if you notice any symptoms of a serious allergic reaction, including: rash, itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat), severe dizziness, trouble breathing.
This is not a complete list of possible side effects. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.
In the US -
Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
In Canada - Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to Health Canada at 1-866-234-2345.
Read the entire patient information overview for Vanos (Fluocinonide)
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Vanos FDA Prescribing Information: Side Effects
Clinical Trials Experience
Because clinical studies are conducted under widely varying conditions, adverse reaction rates observed in the clinical studies of a drug cannot be directly compared to rates in the clinical studies of another drug and may not reflect the rates observed in practice.
In clinical trials, a total of 443 adult subjects with atopic dermatitis or plaque-type psoriasis were treated once daily or twice daily with VANOS Cream for 2 weeks. The most commonly observed adverse reactions in these clinical trials were as follows:
Table 1: Most Commonly Observed Adverse Reactions ( ≥ 1%)
in Adult Clinical Trials
|Adverse Reaction|| VANOS Cream, once daily
| VANOS Cream, twice daily
| Vehicle Cream, once or twice daily
|Headache||8 (3.7%)||9 (4.0%)||6(2.8%)|
|Application Site Burning||5 (2.3%)||4 (1.8%)||14 (6.6%)|
|Nasopharyngitis||2 (0.9%)||3 (1.3%)||3 (1.4%)|
|Nasal Congestion||3 (1.4%)||1 (0.4%)||0|
Safety in patients 12 to 17 years of age was similar to that observed in adults.
The following adverse reactions have been identified during post approval use of VANOS Cream:
Immune System Disorders: hypersensitivity.
Nervous System Disorders: headache and dizziness.
Because these reactions are reported voluntarily from a population of uncertain size, it is not always possible to reliably estimate their frequency or establish a causal relationship to drug exposure.
Read the entire FDA prescribing information for Vanos (Fluocinonide)
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