Synalar (Fluocinolone)

Synalar (Fluocinolone) is a topical steroid. It reduces or inhibits the actions of chemicals in the body that cause inflammation, redness, and swelling. Fluocinolone is used to treat inflammation caused by a number of conditions such as allergic reactions, eczema, and psoriasis. Fluocinolone topical may also be used for purposes other than those listed in this medication guide.

Active Ingredients: Fluocinolone Topical Cream, Ointment or Solution
Representative Names: Fluonid, Synalar, Synemol

What is fluocinolone skin cream, ointment, or topical solution?

FLUOCINOLONE (Fluonid®, Synalar®, Synemol®) is a corticosteroid. Fluocinolone treats skin problems that are accompanied by itching, redness, and swelling. Generic fluocinolone cream, ointment, and topical solution are available.

What should my health care professional know before I use fluocinolone?
They need to know if you have any of these conditions:

  • diabetes
  • any type of infection including measles, tuberculosis, herpes or chickenpox
  • large areas of burned or damaged skin
  • thinning of the skin
  • an unusual or allergic reaction to fluocinolone, steroids, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
  • pregnant or trying to get pregnant
  • breast-feeding

How should I use this medicine?
Fluocinolone skin cream, ointment, or solution is for external use only; do not take by mouth. Follow the directions on the prescription label. Wash your hands before and after use. Apply a thin film to the affected area and rub in gently. Use your doses at regular intervals. Do not use your medicine more often than directed or for a longer period of time than ordered by your prescriber or health care professional. To do so may increase the chance of side effects.

Do not bandage or wrap the skin being treated unless directed to do so by your prescriber or health care professional. If your prescriber or health care professional has instructed you to use a dressing (covering) over this medicine, make sure you know how to apply it.

Do not get fluocinolone in your eyes. If you do, rinse it out with plenty of cool tap water.

Contact your pediatrician or health care professional regarding the use of this medicine in children. Special care may be needed.

What if I miss a dose?
If you miss a dose, use it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, use only that dose. Do not use double or extra doses without advice from your prescriber or health care professional.

What drug(s) may interact with fluocinolone?
There are no known interactions between fluocinolone skin preparations and other drugs.

Tell your prescriber or health care professional about other skin products you are using. Do not apply fluocinolone at the same site as other skin preparations without advice from your prescriber or health care professional.

What side effects may I notice from using fluocinolone?
Side effects that you should report to your prescriber or health care professional as soon as possible:

  • dark red spots on the skin
  • lack of healing of the skin condition
  • painful, red, pus-filled blisters in hair follicles
  • severe burning and continued itching of the skin
  • thinning of the skin with easy bruising

Other serious side effects can develop if you use fluocinolone for a long time, or if you use too much. Contact your prescriber or health care professional if you notice any unusual effects.

Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your prescriber or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):

  • burning, itching, or irritation of the skin
  • dry skin
  • increased redness or scaling of the skin
  • unusual increased growth of hair on the face or body

What should I watch for while taking fluocinolone?
Tell your prescriber or health care professional if your symptoms do not improve after one week of fluocinolone use. It is important not to use more fluocinolone than prescribed. Do not use on healthy skin or over large areas of skin. Tell your prescriber or health care professional if you are exposed to anyone with measles or chickenpox, or if you develop sores or blisters that do not heal properly.

Where can I keep my medicine?
Keep out of the reach of children.

Store away from heat and direct light. Do not freeze. Throw away any unused medicine after the expiration date.

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