In this drug factsheet:DIN (Drug Identification Number)
|02161923 ||LIDEX CREAM 0.05%|
|02161966 ||LIDEX OINTMENT 0.05%|
|02161974 ||LIDEX GEL 0.05%|
How does this medication work? What will it do for me?
This medication belongs to the family of medications called corticosteroids. It is used to treat skin rashes that are inflamed, itchy, or caused by allergies. It should not be used to treat skin rashes that have become infected. It works by reducing inflammation of the skin.
Your doctor may have suggested this medication for conditions other than those listed in these drug information articles. As well, some forms of this medication may not be used for all of the conditions discussed here. 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.
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How should I use this medication?
Gently apply a small amount onto the affected area 2 to 4 times daily and rub it in well, as needed or as directed by the doctor. This product is not normally used on sensitive skin areas (e.g., face, underarms, or groin) unless specified by the doctor. Do not cover the area with dressings unless instructed to do so by your doctor.
Apply this product cautiously on lesions close to the eye. Severe irritation is possible if the medication contacts the eye. Should this occur, immediately flush the eye with a large volume of water.
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 usee this medication exactly as prescribed by your doctor. If you miss a dose, apply it as soon as you remember. 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 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?
This medication is available as a cream, ointment, or gel.
Who should NOT take this medication?
Fluocinonide topical should not be used by anyone who:
- is allergic to fluocinonide or to any of the ingredients of the medication
- has untreated bacterial, tubercular, fungal, or most viral lesions of the skin (including herpes simplex, vaccinia, and chickenpox)