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A healthcare provider may prescribe Cutivate to treat various skin conditions. The lotion is approved to treat atopic dermatitis, while the ointment and cream are approved to treat various conditions, such as eczema, psoriasis, and poison ivy. This medicine works by reducing inflammation and suppressing an overactive immune system. There are also several off-label uses for Cutivate, such as treating vitiligo and penile or labial adhesions.
What Is Cutivate Used For?Cutivate® (topical fluticasone propionate) is a prescription skin medication. Cutivate Lotion is approved to treat atopic dermatitis, while Cutivate Ointment and Cutivate Cream are approved to treat inflammation and itching due to a wide variety of conditions, including:
Specifically, the ointment and cream forms are approved to treat any skin condition that is responsive to corticosteroids, including Cutivate.
How Does This Medicine Work?Cutivate 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. Cutivate works by decreasing inflammation and suppressing an overactive immune system.
Is It Safe for Children to Use Cutivate?Cutivate Lotion and Cream are approved for use in children as young as three months of age. Cutivate Ointment is approved only for use in adults.
Cutivate is not approved to treat a diaper rash and should never be applied to the diaper area, as doing so can increase the risk for side effects. Children are at an increased risk for serious side effects of steroids. Cutivate has been studied only for short-term use in children. It is unknown if longer use is safe or effective.