What Is Fluocinonide Cream Used For?
Fluocinonide cream may help relieve itching and inflammation caused by various skin conditions, such as poison ivy, eczema, and psoriasis. This medicine is a type of steroid and works by suppressing an overactive immune system and reducing inflammation. On occasion, a healthcare provider may prescribe fluocinonide cream off-label for treating canker sores; however, this is not an approved use.
Fluocinonide cream (Lidex®, Vanos®) is a prescription skin medication used to treat inflammation and itching due to a wide variety of conditions. Some of these conditions include but are not limited to:
Fluocinonide cream is approved to treat any skin condition that is responsive to corticosteroids.
Fluocinonide cream is part of a group of medications known as glucocorticoids, which are a type of corticosteroid (or "steroid" for short). Although glucocorticoids have numerous effects in the body, they are used mostly for their anti-inflammatory or immune-suppressing properties. Fluocinonide cream works for most conditions by decreasing inflammation or suppressing an overactive immune system.
Fluocinonide cream 0.05% (Lidex) is not specifically approved for use in children, as it has not been adequately studied in this group. The more potent 0.1% cream (Vanos) is approved for use in children age 12 and older.
Fluocinonide cream is a highly potent steroid. Children may be more likely to absorb more of the drug through the skin into the rest of the body, increasing the risk for side effects. Talk with your child's healthcare provider about the benefits and risks of using fluocinonide cream.
If your healthcare provider recommends applying fluocinonide cream to the diaper area on a child, do not use plastic pants or tight-fitting diapers, as they may increase the risk for side effects.