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Important Information for Your Healthcare ProviderYou should talk with your healthcare provider prior to using fluticasone propionate ointment if you:
- Have any allergies, including to food, dyes, or preservatives
- Are pregnant or thinking of becoming pregnant (see Cutivate Ointment and Pregnancy)
- Are breastfeeding (see Cutivate Ointment and Breastfeeding).
How Does It Work?Fluticasone propionate ointment is part of a group of medications known as glucocorticoids. Glucocorticoids 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. Fluticasone propionate ointment works for most conditions by decreasing inflammation or suppressing an overactive immune system.
When and How to Use Fluticasone Propionate OintmentSome general considerations to keep in mind during treatment with fluticasone propionate ointment include the following:
- This medication is usually applied to the affected area(s) twice a day.
- Apply the medication sparingly and gently rub 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 of side effects.
- For fluticasone propionate ointment to work properly, it must be used as prescribed.