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What is Synalar Ointment (Fluocinolone) prescribed for?

Eczema is a skin condition; its symptoms include itchy, red, and dry skin that is caused by inflammation. And while some would assume it is an allergic reaction, eczema is not, and can be caused by a number of factors.

Dermatitis may look like a rash, your skin becomes red and tender after you have touched something. If it is an allergy, your immune system is involved. After you have touched something your system thinks that is under attack, and it springs into action by making antibodies to fight off the unseen invader. A chain of events begins to unfold, which eventually leads to the release of chemicals, include histamine. This is what causes the allergic reaction, or in this case, the itchy rash.

This medication is used to treat a variety of skin conditions which includes eczema, dermatitis, allergies, and rashes.  It is designed to help reduce swelling, itching, and the redness that can occur when dealing with these types of conditions. This medication is a medium-strength corticosteroid.

This medication is to be used on the skin only. However are should not use it on the face, groin, or underarms, unless directed to do so by your doctor.

Wash and dry your hands before use. When ready, clean and dry the affected area. Then apply a thin film of the medication to the affected are and gently rub it in.  This is done usually 3 to 4 times a day, or as directed to you by your doctor. When done, do not wrap, cover, or bandage the area.

After applying the medication, wash your hands again. Avoid getting this mediation in your eyes, nose, or mouth. If you do however, get this medication in these areas, be sure to flush thoroughly.

Use this medication only for the condition for which it was prescribed. Do not use it for longer than prescribed.


Before taking this medication, it is best to advise your doctor if you are allergic to Fluocinolone; or to other corticosteroids (e.g., hydrocortisone, prednisone); or to any other medications or allergies in general. This product may contain inactive ingredients, which can cause allergic reactions or other problems.

You should also let your doctor know of all of your medical history. Especially if you have ever dealt with any of these experiences in the past; poor blood circulation, diabetes, immune system problems.

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

Rarely, using corticosteroid medications for a long time or over large areas of skin can make it more difficult for your body to respond to physical stress. Therefore, before having surgery or emergency treatment, or if you get a serious illness/injury, tell your doctor or dentist that you are using this medication or have used this medication within the past few months.

Side Effects

While minor, some of these side effects may occur. They are as follows; Stinging, burning, itching, irritation, dryness, or redness at the application site may occur when this medication is first applied to the skin. These effects should disappear in a few days as your body adjusts to the medication. However if any of these persist or worsen, it’s best to speak with your doctor right away.

Tell your doctor right away if any of these unlikely but serious side effects occur: 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 promptly 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 rare. However, seek immediate medical attention if you notice any symptoms of a serious allergic reaction, including: 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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