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How does this medication work? What will it do for me?
Diflucortolone belongs to the family of medications known as topical corticosteroids. It is used to reduce redness and to relieve inflammation and itching associated with skin conditions such as those caused by contact or allergic dermatitis (eczema), seborrheic dermatitis, and psoriasis.
Diflucortolone has an anti-inflammatory and anti-itching effect. Diflucortolone cream is usually used for weeping rashes, and the oily cream is used for most stages of allergic and inflamed skin disease. Diflucortolone ointment is usually used when the rash is dry and chronic.
This medication may be available under multiple brand names and/or in several different forms. Any specific brand name of this medication may not be available in all of the forms or approved for all of the conditions discussed here. As well, some forms of this medication may not be used for all of the conditions discussed here.
Your doctor may have suggested this medication for conditions other than those listed in these drug information articles. If you have not discussed this with your doctor or are not sure why you are applying this medication, speak to your doctor. Do not stop using this medication without consulting your doctor.
Do not give this medication to anyone else, even if they have the same symptoms as you do. It can be harmful for people to take this medication if their doctor has not prescribed it.
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How should I use this medication?
Apply a thin film to the affected areas 1 to 2 times daily, according to the doctor's instructions. After initial improvement, the dose is often reduced to once daily.
This medication should not be applied in or near the eyes. If contact with the eyes occurs, flush with plenty of water and contact your doctor. Do not use this medication under dressings that don't breathe, unless you are instructed to do so by your doctor.
Check with your doctor if the skin condition does not start to improve within a week, or if it seems to be getting worse.
Many things can affect the dose of a medication that a person needs, such as body weight, other medical conditions, and other medications. If your doctor has recommended a dose different from the ones listed here, do not change the way that you are taking the medication without consulting your doctor.
If you miss a dose, apply it as soon as possible and continue with your regular schedule. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and continue with your regular dosing schedule. Do not apply a double dose to make up for a missed one. If you are not sure what to do after missing a dose, contact your doctor or pharmacist for advice.
Store this medication at room temperature, protect it from freezing, and keep it out of the reach of children.
Do not dispose of medications in wastewater (e.g. down the sink or in the toilet) or in household garbage. Ask your pharmacist how to dispose of medications that are no longer needed or have expired.
What form(s) does this medication come in?
Each gram of oil-in-water emulsion contains diflucortolone valerate 1 mg (0.1%). Nonmedicinal ingredients: 70% water, hydrocarbons (white petrolatum, paraffin), polyoxyl 40 stearate, stearyl alcohol, carbopol 934, disodium edentate, and methyl and propyl parabens as preservatives.
Each gram of water-in-oil emulsion contains diflucortolone valerate 1 mg (0.1%). Nonmedicinal ingredients: 30% water, hydrocarbons (white petrolatum, paraffin), white wax, and dehymuls E. There is no preservative.
Each gram of single-phase fatty ointment contains diflucortolone valerate 1 mg (0.1%). Nonmedicinal ingredients: white petrolatum, paraffin, ceresine, and hydrogenated castor oil. There is no preservative.
Who should NOT take this medication?
Do not use this medication if you:
- are allergic to diflucortolone or any ingredients of the medication
- are allergic to other corticosteroids
- have a skin reaction after a vaccination
- have a skin infection caused by viruses, including herpes simplex, vaccinia, and varicella (chickenpox)
- have tuberculosis of the skin
- have untreated infected skin lesions caused by an infection with fungi or bacteria if no antifungal (for fungal infections) or antibacterial agent (for bacterial infections) is used at the same time
- are applying it to treat acne, skin conditions around the mouth or rosacea
- are using it to treat itchiness of the genital area
- are treating itchiness without inflammation
Do not use this medication to treat skin conditions on children under 12 months of age.