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Lidex Uses

People with inflammation and itching caused by certain skin conditions may benefit from the use of Lidex. This prescription medicine is approved to treat conditions such as poison ivy, eczema, and psoriasis, among others. It comes in various forms and works by reducing inflammation and suppressing an overactive immune system. The gel form of Lidex may sometimes be prescribed "off-label" to treat canker sores.

What Is Lidex Used For?

Lidex® (fluocinonide) is a prescription skin medication licensed to treat inflammation and itching due to a wide variety of conditions. Some of these conditions include but are not limited to:
Lidex is approved to treat any skin condition that is responsive to corticosteroids. This medicine comes in the following five forms:
  • Cream
  • Emollient cream
  • Gel
  • Ointment
  • Topical solution.
In general, ointments and emollient creams are more moisturizing products than the gels and topical solutions.

How Does Lidex Work?

Lidex is part of a group of medications known as glucocorticoids, which 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. Lidex works for most conditions by decreasing inflammation or suppressing an overactive immune system.

Can Children Use It?

Lidex is not specifically approved for use in children, as it has not been adequately studied for children. Children may be more likely to absorb more of the drug past the skin into the rest of the body, increasing the risk for side effects. Talk with your child's healthcare provider about the benefits and risks of using Lidex.
Lidex is a highly potent steroid. In most situations, a less potent steroid should be tried first for children.
If your healthcare provider recommends using Lidex on the diaper area of a child, do not use plastic pants or tight-fitting diapers, as this may increase the risk for side effects.

Lidex Drug Information

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