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Cutivate Ointment is a corticosteroid medication made up of fluticasone. This medication is available as its generic alternative, fluticasone, in 0.01% bottles.

This medication is used to help treat a variety of skin conditions. Some of these conditions include eczema, psoriasis and rash. This medication helps with any swelling, itching, and redness that may be a result of the skin condition. Ointment has a higher level of oil content in it which means it is ideal for dry skin, a person with oily skin may prefer to use a cream over the ointment, however this is something that will be determined by your doctor.

Fluticasone works inside the skin cells to stop the release of the inflammatory substances that cause swelling and other symptoms that occur with skin conditions.

Always follow directions given to you by your doctor. Instructions can usually also be found on the prescription bottle/container.

This medication is for topical use only and is not meant to be taken orally.

Wash your hands before applying this ointment to help avoid bacterial infections.

Apply a thin layer of ointment to the affect area; gently rub it into the skin.

Do not cover the affected area afterwards unless directed so by your doctor. Covering the area can cause an increased amount of medication to enter your body can could have harmful effects.

This medication should not be used longer than 4 consecutive weeks. If your symptoms do not improve within the first 2 weeks, consult your doctor.

Do not store this in the refrigerator, keep away from moisture and light at room temperature.


Tell your doctor about all medications you are currently taking including prescription, over-the-counter, vitamins, and herbal remedies. Also be sure to mention any drug allergies you may have.

Important allergies to tell your doctor consist of: fluticasone and formaldehyde.

Important diseases to tell your doctor consists of: any type of skin infection, a skin reaction to any steroid medicine, liver disease, diabetes or an adrenal gland disorder.

If you have diabetes, the sugar levels in your blood or urine could be increased while using this ointment.           

Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan on becoming pregnant. This medication is not established to be safe for pregnant women. Avoid putting ointment on areas that may come into contact with the baby’s mouth if you are breast feeding.

Cutivate ointment should not be used on a child without the permission of a doctor. Children may absorb more medication and can be more prone to the side effects.

Side Effects

Side effects are not always present in everyone. Others are more sensitive to side effects while they could be mild for others. If side effects ever become too much to handle, contact your doctor right away.

Common side effects of Cutivate Ointment may include:

skin redness, itching, or rash; burning or stinging of treated skin; increased hair growth; or feeling light-headed.

Serious side effects (contact your doctor) of Cutivate Ointment may include:

skin pain, tenderness, or swelling; any wound that will not heal; severe skin irritation after using the medicine;

Signs to watch for…

Allergic reaction: sneezing and an itchy, runny or blocked nose (allergic rhinitis), itchy, red, or watering eyes (conjunctivitis), wheezing, chest tightness, shortness of breath, cough, a raised itchy, red rash (hives) or swollen lips, tongue, eyes or face.

Absorbing medicine through your skin: weight gain (especially in your face or your upper back and torso), thinning or discolored skin, increased body hair, muscle weakness, nausea, diarrhea, tiredness, mood changes, menstrual changes, sexual changes.


What are other conditions that Cutivate Ointment is used for?

Some other conditions not listed previously that Cutivate Ointment can be used for includes cutaneous T-cell lymphoma, granuloma annulare, a type of allergy that causes red and itchy skin called atopic dermatitis, disease that causes disc-shaped patches on upper body, itching of the anus and contact dermatitis.

Are there any places I should avoid applying this ointment?

It is for skin use only so do not take it orally. However, there are some areas of the skin you should avoid, such as the face, groin, underarms, or diaper rash.

Is this ointment okay for the use of children?

No. The ointment is not meant for those under 18 years of age.

What is the shelf life of this product?

This product is good for roughly 24 months. Always check the expiry date before using any type of medication.

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