Before you begin using a medication, be sure to inform your doctor of any medical conditions or allergies you may have, any medications you are taking, whether you are pregnant or breast-feeding, and any other significant facts about your health. These factors may affect how you should use this medication.
Absorption: If you apply fluticasone topical to a large body area, ask your doctor whether you need any medical tests to check whether too much medication is being absorbed into your bloodstream.
Airtight dressings: Do not use fluticasone topical under airtight dressings, as this increases the risk of medication being absorbed into the bloodstream.
Eyes: If you are using fluticasone topical on your eyelids, make sure that it does not enter your eyes, as this can cause glaucoma or eye irritation. If the medication does get into your eyes, flush with plenty of water.
Formaldehyde: Fluticasone topical contains a non-medicinal ingredient that releases formaldehyde traces. You should avoid using fluticasone topical if you are allergic to formaldehyde.
Prolonged use on face: Fluticasone may cause face skin to thin more than the other areas. Therefore, you should avoid applying fluticasone topical to face for a long period of time when treating conditions such as psoriasis, red lesions over the cheeks
and nose bridge, and severe eczema.
Skin infection: If skin infections (e.g., cold sores, herpes simplex, chickenpox, impetigo, athlete's foot, ring worm, thrush) are present or develop, contact your doctor for treatment. If you do not recover promptly then you should stop using fluticasone
topical cream until the infection has been treated.
Skin irritation: If you develop irritation, stop using fluticasone topical and contact your doctor.
Use in psoriasis: If you are using fluticasone topical for psoriasis, you should let your doctor review your progress regularly, since such treatment needs careful supervision.
Pregnancy: Fluticasone topical should not be used during pregnancy unless the benefits outweigh the risks. Topical corticosteroids should not be used by pregnant women over large areas of the body, in large amounts, or for prolonged periods of time.
If you become pregnant while using this medication, contact your doctor immediately.
Breast-feeding: It is not known if fluticasone topical passes into breast milk. If you are a breast-feeding mother and are using this medication, it may affect your baby. Talk to your doctor about whether you should continue breast-feeding.
Children: Children may be more likely to experience the side effects if they use large amounts of this class of medication for long periods of time (e.g., slowing down of growth, delayed weight gain). The use of this medication by children should
be limited to the smallest amount that will be effective. Discuss with your doctor the risks and benefits of the use of this medication by children.