In this drug factsheet:
How does this medication work? What will it do for me?
Amcinonide is used to treat swelling and itching of the skin, caused by certain skin conditions, such psoriasis and eczema. It works by reducing inflammation or swelling of the skin.
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 being given 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 use this medication if their doctor has not prescribed it.
How should I use this medication?
Apply the medication to the affected area 2 or 3 times daily and rub in gently.
For some cases of psoriasis and certain other conditions, your doctor may advise you to cover the area with an occlusive dressing (a dressing that doesn't breathe), such as plastic wrap, for more effective treatment. If your doctor has not suggested this, do not cover the area, as this may cause unwanted effects.
This medication should be used cautiously if infection is present, and should be applied carefully to avoid spreading the infection.
Do not apply amcinonide to the eyes and apply it carefully to the skin around the eyes.
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 using the medication without consulting your doctor.
It is important to use this medication exactly as prescribed by your doctor. If you miss an application of this medicine, apply it as soon as possible and continue on with your regular schedule. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and continue on with your regular dosing schedule. Do not apply a double amount to make up for a missed dose. 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 light and moisture, 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 tube contains amcinonide 0.1%. Nonmedicinal ingredients: emulsifying wax NF, isopropyl palmitate, glycerin, sorbitol solution, lactic acid, purified water, and benzyl alcohol.
Each tube contains amcinonide 0.1%. Nonmedicinal ingredients: emulsifying wax NF, benzyl alcohol, "TENNOX II", and white petrolatum.
Each bottle contains amcinonide 0.1%. Nonmedicinal ingredients: emulsifying wax NF, isopropyl palmitate, glycerin, sorbitol solution, lactic acid, purified water, and benzyl alcohol.
Who should NOT take this medication?
Do not use this medication if you:
- are allergic to amcinonide or any ingredients of the medication
- are applying it to skin irritation around the mouth
- are applying it to treat either rosacea or acne vulgaris
- are sensitive to other corticosteroids
- have certain viral diseases such as herpes simplex, vaccinia, or varicella (chickenpox)
- have fungal diseases of the skin
- have tuberculosis of the skin
- have untreated bacterial infections