Fluocinonide ointment is the generic variety of a topical steroid cream that is prescribed for the treatment of certain skin conditions. The ointment helps to reduce chemical actions produced by the body that result in redness, inflammation and swelling of the skin. Fluocinonide ointment may be used to treat symptoms caused by allergic reactions, eczema and psoriasis, as well as other skin irritations. Fluocinonide ointment may be marketed under the brand names Vanos, Lidex-E and others
Fluocinonide ointment is a prescription corticosteroid suspended in a specially formulated base of glyceryl monostearate, propylene carbonate, white wax and other ingredients. The active ingredient in fluocinonide ointment is fluocinonide.
Fluocinonide ointment should only be used to treat the specific skin disorder for which it was prescribed and only be used as directed by a physician. Because covering the affected area with a bandage or other wrapping may increase the body's ability to absorb the ointment, patients should not cover the affected area without the doctor's specific instruction to do so.
Because fluocinonide ointment is a topical steroid, it can be readily absorbed through the skin. Unsupervised use of steroids can result in negative side effects, including Cushing's syndrome, hyperglycemia and hypothalamic pituitary adrenal axis suppression, so it is important to use fluocinonide ointment only as directed by your physician and only for the prescribed length of time. People with diabetes, women who are pregnant or who may become pregnant, and nursing mothers should consult with their physician prior to using fluocinonide ointment.
Steroids can result in delayed growth in children, since children tend to absorb steroids through their skin much more readily than adults. As a result, using fluocinonide ointment to treat children must be closely monitored.
Topical corticosteroids such as fluocinonide ointment are typically applied to the affected skin two to four times each day, according to the directions of the attending physician. Adverse reactions to fluocinonide ointment are categorized as mild, with the most frequently reported symptoms being burning, itching, dryness and irritation at the application site.