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Fluticasone Propionate Ointment

Important Information for Your Healthcare Provider

You should talk with your healthcare provider prior to using fluticasone propionate ointment if you:
Make sure to tell your healthcare provider about all of the medications you take, including prescription and nonprescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.
(Click Precautions and Warnings With Fluticasone Propionate Ointment to learn more, including information on who should not take the drug.)

How Does It Work?

Fluticasone propionate ointment is part of a group of medications known as glucocorticoids. Glucocorticoids 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. Fluticasone propionate ointment works for most conditions by decreasing inflammation or suppressing an overactive immune system.

When and How to Use Fluticasone Propionate Ointment

Some general considerations to keep in mind during treatment with fluticasone propionate ointment include the following:
  • This medication is usually applied to the affected area(s) twice a day.
  • Apply the medication sparingly and gently rub in. More is not better. Only a thin film is necessary.
  • Do not cover the medication with a dressing or bandage, as this increases the risk of side effects.
  • For fluticasone propionate ointment to work properly, it must be used as prescribed.

Fluticasone Propionate Ointment Information

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