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As a type of steroid, Cutivate comes in various forms and is approved for several uses. The lotion version of the drug is approved for treating atopic dermatitis, while the ointment and cream are licensed for treating psoriasis, eczema, and a variety of other skin problems. This medicine is applied directly on the affected areas once or twice daily. Side effects may include itching, dryness, and burning.

What Is Cutivate?

Cutivate® (topical fluticasone propionate) is a prescription skin medication. It comes as a cream, ointment, or lotion. The lotion form is approved to treat atopic dermatitis, while the other two forms are approved to treat a wide variety of skin conditions, such as eczema, psoriasis, dermatitis, atopic dermatitis, and allergic reactions. It is a topical steroid.
(Click Cutivate Uses for more information on this topic, including possible off-label uses.)

Who Makes This Medicine?

Brand-name Cutivate products are made by PharmaDerm.

How Does Cutivate 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.

When and How to Use It

Some general considerations to keep in mind during treatment with Cutivate include the following:
  • This medication is usually applied to the affected area(s) of the skin once or twice a day, depending on the product used and the condition being treated.
  • Apply Cutivate sparingly and gently rub it 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 for side effects.
  • For Cutivate to work properly, it must be used as prescribed.
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