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What If I Overdose on This Medicine?An overdose with this medication can cause serious problems. This is especially true if too much is used over an extended period. If you or someone else may have used too much fluocinonide cream or taken it by mouth, seek immediate medical attention.
What If I Forget a Dose of Fluocinonide Cream?If you forget a dose, apply it as soon as possible, unless it is almost time for the next dose. In this case, simply skip the missed dose and continue with your regular schedule. Do not use a double dose.
How Does It Work?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.
When and How to Use This MedicineSome general considerations to keep in mind during treatment with fluocinonide cream include the following:
- This medication is usually applied to the affected area(s) one to four times a day.
- Apply the cream sparingly; only a thin film is necessary.
- Do not use a dressing, such as a bandage, over fluocinonide cream unless your healthcare provider tells you to do so. Dressings increase effectiveness, but also increase the risk for side effects.
- For fluocinonide cream to work properly, it must be used as prescribed.