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Fluocinonide cream is licensed for the treatment of a variety of skin conditions, including eczema, dermatitis, and psoriasis. This medicated skin product is a type of steroid, and it works by reducing inflammation and suppressing an overactive immune system. The cream is applied on the affected areas one to four times daily. Potential side effects include irritation of the skin, itching, and burning.

What Is Fluocinonide Cream?

Fluocinonide cream (Lidex®, Vanos®) is a prescription skin medication. It comes in two different strengths: 0.05% (Lidex) or 0.1% (Vanos). It belongs to a group of medications known as topical steroids and is used to treat inflammation and itching due to a wide variety of skin conditions, such as:
  • Eczema
  • Psoriasis
  • Dermatitis
  • Allergic reactions.
(Click What Is Fluocinonide Cream Used For? for more information on this topic, including possible off-label uses.)

Are There Side Effects?

Just like any medicine, fluocinonide cream may cause side effects. However, not everyone who uses the drug will experience problems. In fact, most people tolerate it quite well.
If reactions do occur, in most cases, they are minor and either require no treatment or are treated easily by you or your healthcare provider. Serious side effects are less common.
Common side effects of fluocinonide cream include but are not limited to:
  • Irritation
  • Itching
  • Headaches
  • Burning
  • Dryness.
(Click Fluocinonide Cream Side Effects to learn more, including potentially serious side effects you should report immediately to your healthcare provider.)
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