Fluticasone propionate cream is a steroid drug used to treat skin irritation and skin rashes. It is sold in the US and Canada under the name Cutivate.
Before taking this drug it is essential to tell the doctor if: you ever had an allergic reaction to this medicine or similar to this one, to food or any substance (you had a rash, your skin was itchy, you had trouble breathing, were coughing, wheezing, your face or tongue were swollen ecc.). It is also essential to tell the doctor about any prescription drugs you are taking or any medical conditions you have or had in the past.
While taking this drug there are some things that should be kept in mind: always tell the doctors, surgeons or dentists you come in contact with that you are taking this drug; this drug might slow growth when taken by children; this drug should not be taken for periods longer than that recommended by your doctor because they might worsen your skin condition; when applying to parts of skin that are wounded or have a large surface, take care and speak to your doctor; if you are pregnant or breast feeding talk to your doctor before taking this drug.
While taking this drug, rare but very serious side effects can take place. Call you doctor immediately if you have any of these problems: signs of an allergic reaction (swelling, trouble breathing, coughing, ecc); signs of infection (coughing, fever, pains ecc); you have troubles like feeling tired, have an increased heart rate, you are trembling, are confused, you pass urine more often.
Side effects associated with this kind of drugs are: headache, muscle weakness, fever, skin changes like stretch marks and growing of hair, thinning and discoloration of skin, swelling, worsening of eyesight.
When using this drug follow the doctor’s instructions. It should not be discontinued just because the signs of the disease are improving. It is to be used only on skin and not for internal use. When it comes into contact with mouth/eyes/nose it might burn. Before and after every use wash your hands. The affected part must be washed and dried completely before applying the medicine. Apply the medicine in a thin layer, rub gently and do not use coverings or bandages unless the doctor instructs you to do so. This medicine should not be applied to underarms or groin area unless told to do so. This medicine is not suited for treating diaper rash or applying on eczema or other types of damaged skin.
If a dose is missed, put it on as soon as possible unless the time is very close to the next dose. Then skip it. Do not apply two or extra doses.
If the symptoms and signs of your illness do not get better or even get worse, call your doctor. Do not share your medicine with others.