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What Is Fluocinonide Used For?

If you have atopic dermatitis, eczema, or another skin condition that involves inflammation and itching, your healthcare provider may recommend fluocinonide. This steroid medication comes in many forms and is approved for any condition that is responsive to corticosteroids. Although not approved for this use, fluocinonide gel is sometimes prescribed "off-label" for the treatment of canker sores.

An Introduction to Uses for Fluocinonide

Fluocinonide (Lidex®, Vanos®) is a prescription skin medication used to treat inflammation and itching due to a wide variety of conditions. Such conditions include but are not limited to:
 
Fluocinonide, which is a corticosteroid, is approved to treat any skin condition that is responsive to such medications. This means that this product has very broad uses. Fluocinonide comes in the following five forms:
 
  • Cream
  • Emollient cream
  • Gel
  • Ointment
  • Topical solution.
     
In general, ointments and emollient creams are more moisturizing, while gels and topical solutions are less moisturizing.
 

How Does Fluocinonide Work?

Fluocinonide is part of a group of medications known as glucocorticoids. Glucocorticoids are a type of corticosteroid, or "steroid" for short. Although glucocorticoids have numerous effects in the body, they are used mostly for their anti-inflammatory or immune-suppressing properties. Fluocinonide works for most conditions by decreasing inflammation and suppressing an overactive immune system.
 

Fluocinonide Drug Information

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