Fluocinolone Acetonide - Uses - Dosages - Side Effects - Precautions

Fluocinolone Acetonide: Frequently Asked Questions Answered

What is Fluocinolone Acetonide?

Fluocinolone Acetonide belongs to a class of drugs known as topical corticosteroids. It comes in the form of cream, ointment, solution, oil, and shampoo. It is prescribed for dermatological use. This medication helps in getting relief from itching and swelling and reduces skin inflammation. Doctors prescribe this medication for skin disorders, such as eczema, dermatitis, skin allergies, and rashes. Fluocinolone Acetonide should be used strictly as per the doctor’s instructions.

What are the uses of Fluocinolone Acetonide?

Fluocinolone Acetonide is a corticosteroid. These are its uses:

  • This medication is used in the treatment of skin disorders, such as dermatitis, eczema, and skin allergies.
  • It helps relieve swelling, itching, and reddening of the skin that occurs from skin disorders.
  • It is prescribed for the treatment of plaque psoriasis, atopic dermatitis, and other skin conditions, as well as seborrheic dermatitis that affects the scalp.
  • This medication helps in getting relief from dryness, scaling, crusting, and inflammation of the skin.
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What are the side effects of Fluocinolone Acetonide?

On initial application of this medication, you may experience stinging, burning, irritation, and dryness. However, these symptoms reduce gradually and vanish in a few days. Some other common side effects of Fluocinolone Acetonide are:

  • Muscle weakness
  • Fatigue
  • Swollen skin
  •  Pain at the affected area
  • Dizziness
  • Change in skin color
  • Red or white bumps on the skin

If you experience any of the following severe side effects, please inform the doctor at the earliest: 

  • Hives
  • Difficulty in breathing or swallowing
  • Wheezing
  • Severe skin rashes
  • Stretch marks
  • Unwanted hair growth
  • Skin thinning

The doctor prescribes this medication only after weighing the benefits with the risks involved. Therefore, following the doctor’s instructions is crucial. Please do not discontinue or apply more or less quantity without the doctor’s permission. Furthermore, inform the doctor about any skin infections or medical conditions you may suffer from so that they prescribe the right medication. 

Please consult our medical experts at Yashoda Hospitals for the treatment and management of skin diseases. They will provide you with the necessary information on Fluocinolone Acetonide and its uses, side effects, and precautions.


Frequently Asked Questions about Fluocinolone Acetonide

1. Is Fluocinolone Acetenoid a steroid?

Yes. Fluocinolone Acetonide is a corticosteroid. It is prescribed in the treatment of itching, swelling, redness, crusting, scaling, and drying of the skin that occurs in certain skin diseases, such as eczema, dermatitis, psoriasis, and allergic reactions. It activates natural substances in the skin that help reduce swelling and itching.

2. Can you use Fluocinolone Acetonide on your scalp?

Fluocinolone Acetonide ointment and oil are applied to the scalp two to four times a day, and Fluocinolone shampoo is applied once a day. It is important to wet the scalp before application. Apply a small quantity of the medicated shampoo to the scalp, cover the head with a shower cap if advised by the doctor, and leave it on overnight or for four hours. Then, wash with regular shampoo and rinse well.

3. Is Fluocinolone Acetonide good for hair?

Fluocinolone Acetonide is prescribed in the treatment of alopecia areata and seborrheic dermatitis. Regular application of the ointment, oil, and the shampoo helps in relieving the itching and dryness. It also helps with hair regrowth on bald patches occurring because of dermatitis.

4. Is Fluocinolone Acetonide an antifungal?

No. Fluocinolone Acetonide is not an antifungal. It is a topical corticosteroid medication that is used for relieving itchiness, drying, reddening, and inflammation of the skin that occurs in skin diseases, such as eczema, dermatitis, psoriasis, and skin allergies and rashes.

5. Does Fluocinolone Acetonide cause hair loss?

Fluocinolone Acetonide shampoo is used to treat seborrheic dermatitis of the scalp. It helps in hair growth with regular use on the affected area of the scalp. Hair loss is a very rare side effect of this topical corticosteroid.

6. Can you put Fluocinolone Acetonide on wet hair?

When using Fluocinolone Acetonide shampoo, wet the hair and apply a small quantity on the scalp. Rub with the fingers gently to form lather. Leave the shampoo on the scalp for 5 minutes. Then, rinse the hair with plenty of water. When applying oil on the scalp for treating psoriasis, wet the hair and the scalp and then apply a small quantity and rub in, gently, with the fingers.

7. Can I use Fluocinolone Acetonide on my face?

Application of Fluocinolone Acetonide on the face should be avoided unless instructed by the doctor. It should be applied to the scalp and the skin on the affected areas. Application near the eyes, in the nose, and the mouth should be avoided. If using on the face, wash and dry the face and gently apply a very thin film of the ointment or cream.

8. Can pregnant women take Fluocinolone Acetonide?

Inform your doctor if you are pregnant or are planning a pregnancy. Fluocinolone Acetonide, which is a topical corticosteroid, appears to be safe during pregnancy. However, if used, then it should be done under the doctor’s supervision and for the shortest period, or as directed by the doctor.

9. Can I take Fluocinolone Acetonide while breastfeeding?

A short-term, topical application of Fluocinolone Acetonide is unlikely to cause harm to the baby. However, it is advisable to inform the doctor if you are breastfeeding so that the doctor can prescribe appropriate treatment for the skin condition. Extensive usage of corticosteroids may harm the mother and the baby.

10. Can I consume alcohol with Fluocinolone Acetonide?

Fluocinolone Acetonide is a corticosteroid medication that is used in the treatment of skin diseases. Consuming alcohol when using this medication could increase the risk of infections. This is because both corticosteroids and alcohol together could suppress the immune system, which could worsen the condition.

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