Lidex Gel (Fluocinonide)

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What is Lidex Gel (Fluocinonide) prescribed for?

Eczema is a skin condition that causes itchy, red and dry skin which is caused by inflammation.  Although it is mostly found in children, an average 20% of adults suffer from it as well. Whereas dermatitis is when your skin becomes red and tender after you have touched something, which is when your immune system think your body is under attack, thus springs into action and makes antibodies to fight off an invader, the chain of events causing histamines, which causes an allergic reaction.

This medication is made to treat a variety of skin conditions including Ezcema and Dermatitis. It also fights off allergies and rashes. Overall, when applied, this medication reduces the swelling, itching and redness that occurs when affected by these types of conditions.  This medication is known to be a strong corticosteroid.

This medication comes in a singular dose of 0.05%. Remember your dose is based on your medical background and your overall response to the treatment. If your doctor or pharmacist has given you some information in the form of a pamphlet, take the time to read up on this drug, and if you have any questions or concerns regarding this medication, please consult your doctor.

This medication is to be used on the skin only. Clean and dry the affected area.  Then apply a thin film of the medication directly on the affected area and around it. Gently rub the medication in. This medicine is usually used 2 to 4 times a day or as directed to you by your doctor.  After use, wash your hands. And do not cover, wrap, or bandage the affected area unless otherwise told to do so by your doctor.

Do not apply this medication to any of the following areas; eyes, nose, mouth, or inside the vagina. If you do per chance get the medication within these areas, make sure to flush with plenty of water.

The dosage is based on your medical condition, and your response to the treatment. Do not apply this more often or use longer then directed. It may cause a increase in the risk of side effects.

Before taking this medication, it is best to advise your doctor if you are allergic to Fluocinonide; or to other corticosteroids (e.g., hydrocortisone, prednisone); or to any other medications or allergies in general.

Also it is best to notify your doctor of your medical history. Inform you doctor if you have had any of the following; poor blood circulation, immune system problems.

Do not use if there is an infection or sore present in the area to be treated.

Some side effects may occur while taking this mediation, they are as follows; Burning, itching, irritation, or dryness may occur when this medication is first applied to the skin. However, if these symptoms do persist or worsen, it is best to consult with your doctor.

If you are experiencing any of these rare but very serious side effects, seek medical help right away. The side effects are as follows; stretch marks, skin thinning/discoloration, acne, extreme/unwanted hair growth, "hair bumps" (folliculitis).

Skin infections can become worse when this medication is used. Notify your doctor if redness, swelling, or irritation does not improve.

Rarely, it is possible this medication will be absorbed from the skin into the bloodstream. This can lead to side effects of too much corticosteroid. These side effects are more likely in children, and in people who use this medication for a long time or over large areas of the skin. Tell your doctor right away if any of the following side effects occur: unusual/extreme tiredness, weight loss, headache, swelling ankles/feet, increased thirst/urination, vision problems.

A very serious allergic reaction to this drug is unlikely, but seek immediate medical attention if it occurs. Symptoms of a serious allergic reaction may include: rash, itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat), severe dizziness, trouble breathing.

What happens if I suddenly stop taking this medication?

There may be a relapse in symptoms as well as side effects. You should speak your doctor before stop taking this medication.

 

 What is the best dosage to take?

The diagnosis with your doctor will be able to determine the best dosage for your treatment. Work with your doctor closely for dosage and dosing schedules.

 

 What happens if I miss a dose?

You should take the missed dose as soon you realize you have forgotten. If the forgotten dose is closer to your next scheduled dose, take the next schedule dose to avoid overlapping in dose.

 

 What is the best way to store this medication?

This medication is stored at room temperature, and should be kept away from children and pets. Do not throw away this medication in the wastebasket. If you are uncertain how to dispose of this medication speak with your pharmacist for help in safely disposing of this medication.

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