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: When fluocinolone is used over extensive areas for prolonged periods and under dressings that don't breathe, it is possible that enough medication will absorb into the bloodstream to give rise to unwanted side effects. Therefore, it is advisable to use fluocinolone for brief periods only and to stop using it as soon as the problem clears.
Adverse effects: Although adverse effects associated with the use of
this medication are uncommon and not to be expected from ordinary use, sensitization,
irritation, and failure of therapeutic response have been noticed in rare instances.
If you don't notice an improvement in your skin condition after using this medication
for one week, contact your doctor.
Eyes: Use this medication with caution on lesions close to the eye. Take care to ensure that it does not enter the eye, as glaucoma may result. Cataracts have been reported following internal use of corticosteroids.
Infection: Topical corticosteroids may increase the risk of developing
a skin infection. Contact your doctor if you notice any increased redness, swelling,
heat or pain around the area where the medication is applied as these are possible
signs of infection.
Peanut allergy: This medication contains refined peanut oil. People
with peanut allergy should discuss with their doctor how this medication may
affect their medical condition, how their medical condition may affect the dosing
and effectiveness of this medication, and whether any special monitoring is
Thinning of skin: Using topical corticosteroid medications for a long period of time can cause skin to thin or soften or cause stretch marks. Your doctor may recommend you stop using this medication once in a while or to apply to one area of the body at a time. Suddenly stopping corticosteroid medication may cause psoriasis to return.
Pregnancy: This medication should not be used during pregnancy unless the benefits outweigh the risks. If you become pregnant while taking this medication, contact your doctor immediately.
Breast-feeding: This medication may pass into breast milk. If you are a breast-feeding mother and are taking fluocinolone acetonide, it may affect your baby. Talk to your doctor about whether you should continue breast-feeding.
Children: The safety and effectiveness of using fluocinolone acetonide topical oil have not been established for children under 1 year old. The safety and effectiveness of fluocinolone acetonide ear drops has not been established in children under 12 years old.
The active ingredient in these medications, fluocinolone, belongs to the family
of medications known as corticosteroids. Children may be more likely to experience
the side effects encountered by using 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. The use of this medication on children should
be limited to a 4 week duration.