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During clinical trials with Cutivate, common side effects included skin irritation, such as burning, redness, and dryness. However, the specific effects depend on the particular product used. In general, most reactions to this medicated skin product are mild and easy to treat. However, do watch for potentially serious problems, such as infections, severe fluid retention, and difficulty breathing.

An Introduction to Cutivate Side Effects

Just like any medicine, Cutivate® (topical fluticasone propionate) can cause side effects. However, not everyone who uses the medication will have problems. In fact, most people tolerate it quite well. If side effects do occur, in most cases, they are minor and either require no treatment or are treated easily by you or your healthcare provider.
 
(This article covers many, but not all, of the possible side effects with Cutivate. Your healthcare provider can discuss a more complete list with you.)
 

Common Side Effects of Cutivate

Cutivate has been studied extensively in clinical trials. In these studies, one group of people received the drug, while another group was given a placebo (an ointment, cream, or lotion that did not contain any active ingredients). As a result, it was possible to see what side effects occurred, how often they appeared, and how they compared to the placebo.
 
In clinical trials, the most common side effects of Cutivate Cream included:
 
  • Facial spider veins -- in up to 4.9 percent of people
  • Skin irritation -- up to 2.9 percent
  • Burning -- up to 2 percent
  • Redness -- up to 2 percent
  • Nonfacial spider veins -- up to 2 percent
  • Hives -- up to 2 percent.
 
In clinical trials, there were no "common" side effects of Cutivate Ointment, which means none of the side effects occurred in more than 1 percent of people. However, some side effects were reported, including:
 
  • Itching
  • Burning
  • Increased sweating
  • Redness
  • Hives
  • Irritation
  • Lightheadedness.
 
In clinical trials, the most common Cutivate Lotion side effects included:
 
  • Dry skin on multiple areas of the body -- in up to 7 percent of people
  • Stinging at the application site -- up to 5 percent
  • Common cold -- up to 4 percent
  • Influenza (the flu) -- up to 2 percent
  • Damaged skin (caused by scratching or rubbing) -- up to 2 percent.
 
For all forms of Cutivate, side effects are more likely to occur if a dressing, such as a bandage, is used to cover the medication. Do not use a dressing or a bandage unless your healthcare provider specifically recommends it.
 
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