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Understanding Fluocinonide Treatment

Important Information for Your Healthcare Provider

You should talk with your healthcare provider prior to using fluocinonide if you:
Make sure to tell your healthcare provider about all of the medicines you take, including prescription and nonprescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.
(Click Precautions and Warnings With Fluocinonide to learn more, including information on who should not use the drug.)

How Does It Work?

Fluocinonide belongs to 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.

When and How to Use Fluocinonide

Some general considerations to keep in mind during treatment with fluocinonide include the following:
  • This medication is usually applied to the affected area(s) one to four times a day.
  • Apply the medication sparingly; more is not better. Only a thin film is necessary.
  • Use a dressing (such as a bandage) over fluocinonide only if your healthcare provider recommends. Dressings increase effectiveness but also increase side effects.
  • For fluocinonide to work properly, it must be used as prescribed.

Fluocinonide Drug Information

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