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Flutivate Skin Cream

Manufactured byGLAXOSMITHKLINE PHARMACEUTICALS LTD
Description
Flutivate Skin Cream is a steroid used externally to treat skin problems. This includes itching, swelling, and irritated skin caused by diseases such as eczema (a skin condition in which skin becomes dry, itchy, red, and bumpy), dermatitis (skin irritation), and psoriasis (dry, itchy and scaly skin due to skin cells build up). It works by blocking the chemical messengers in your body that cause itching, redness and swelling. Flutivate Skin Cream has some minor side effects like skin redness, itching and burning sensation. These symptoms last only for a very few days and disappear with time as your body adjusts to the medicine. You can do a patch test by applying it to a small area on your skin to know how your skin will react to this medicine. Inform your doctor and discontinue the use if you experience excessive itching or swelling. Flutivate Skin Cream is only recommended for external use. Wash and dry the affected area before applying this medication. Apply a thin layer and do not cover it with a bandage or dressing, unless advised by your doctor. Avoid any contact with your eyes, nose, or mouth. In case of accidental contact, thoroughly rinse it with water. Flutivate Skin Cream is usually not prescribed in children, especially infants under the age of three months, since its safety and efficacy is not known. If you are pregnant or are breastfeeding, consult your doctor before using this medication.

Side effects

Major & minor side effects for Flutivate Skin Cream

  • Itching
  • Burning sensation at the application site
  • Dry skin
  • Skin irritation
  • Hives

Uses of Flutivate Skin Cream

What is it prescribed for?

  • Inflammatory skin conditions
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Concerns

Commonly asked questions

  • How long does it take for this medicine to take effect?
    The amount of time required for Flutivate Skin Cream to show its action is not clinically known. However, it may take a few weeks for you to notice an improvement in your skin. If you haven't observed any results after two weeks, consult your doctor.
  • How long do the effects of this medicine last?
    The amount of time for which Flutivate Skin Cream remains active in your body is not clinically established.
  • Is it safe to consume alcohol while taking this medicine?
    Interaction with alcohol is unknown. It is advisable to consult your doctor before consumption.
  • Is this a habit forming medicine?
    No habit-forming tendencies were reported for Flutivate Skin Cream.
  • Can this medicine be taken during pregnancy?
    There is no clinical evidence for Flutivate Skin Cream to determine if it's safe to take during pregnancy. This medicine is prescribed by your doctor only when the potential benefits outweigh the risks. Consult your doctor if you are pregnant.
  • Can this medicine be taken while breast-feeding?
    Flutivate Skin Cream is generally considered to be safe to use during breastfeeding. If you've applied the medication on your breasts, wash it off properly before feeding. This will prevent your baby from accidental ingestion of the medicine.

Allergy

Avoid using Flutivate Skin Cream if you are allergic to it. Using this cream in such cases could lead to symptoms such as redness, abnormal swelling, hives (itchy raised bumps on the skin), breathing difficulties, etc. You should ask your doctor for another suitable alternative in such cases.

Acne vulgaris

Acne vulgaris is a skin condition that occurs when your hair follicles get blocked by oil and dead skin cells. It may result in whiteheads, blackheads, or pimples. Flutivate Skin Cream is not used for the treatment of acne as using steroids can make the sebaceous glands (oil glands) susceptible to swelling and infection. This can complicate the acne flare-ups and worsen your condition.

Perianal and genital pruritus

Flutivate Skin Cream is not recommended for the treatment of perianal and genital pruritus (itching around the anus and genitals).

Other skin infections

Do not use Flutivate Skin Cream if you have other skin lesions caused by infection with fungi or bacteria s such as Herpes simplex (the virus that causes infectious lesions, most often around the mouth) or chickenpox (a highly infectious viral disease that causes blisters and itchy rash on the skin.).
Warnings for special population

Pregnancy

There is no clinical evidence for Flutivate Skin Cream to determine if it's safe to take during pregnancy. This medicine is prescribed by your doctor only when the potential benefits outweigh the risks. Consult your doctor if you are pregnant.

Breast-feeding

Flutivate Skin Cream is generally considered to be safe to use during breastfeeding. If you've applied the medication on your breasts, wash it off properly before feeding. This will prevent your baby from accidental ingestion of the medicine.
General warnings

External use

Flutivate Skin Cream is recommended for external use only. Avoid contact with the eyes, mouth, wounds, or broken skin.

Use in children

Flutivate Skin Cream is not recommended for use in infants less than 3 months of age since the safety and efficacy of its use are not known.

Risk of burn

The risk of burns is high after applying Flutivate Skin Cream. Do not smoke or get too close to a fire. Fabric that has come into contact with this medicine burns more easily and poses a significant fire risk.

Long term use

Long term use of Flutivate Skin Cream on the face may cause skin thinning (skin breaks easily). Contact your doctor if you notice any such symptoms.

Missed Dose

Apply the missed dose of Flutivate Skin Cream as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and apply the next one at the usual time.

Overdose

If you use Flutivate Skin Cream in excess, you will not experience any severe symptoms unless you apply it for a long time. However, it is not recommended to use more than the dose prescribed by your doctor. If you suspect an overdose, seek an immediate medical attention.
All drugs interact differently for person to person. You should check all the possible interactions with your doctor before starting any medicine.
Interaction with Alcohol

Description

Interaction with alcohol is unknown. It is advisable to consult your doctor before consumption.

Instructions

Interaction with alcohol is unknown. It is advisable to consult your doctor before consumption.
Interaction with Medicine
Disease interactions

Hyperadrenocorticism

Flutivate Skin Cream may induce or worsen hyperadrenocorticism. It is a condition in which your adrenal glands (glands attached just above your kidney that produce vital hormones) produce a high level of cortisol, a steroid hormone that regulates metabolism and immune response in your body.

Infections

Use Flutivate Skin Cream with extreme caution if you have latent or active infections. This medicine can suppress your immune system and may make you susceptible to infections. This risk is especially higher if you are on high doses of this medicine for a prolonged period of time.

Diaper rash

Flutivate Skin Cream should not be applied to diaper rashes since the risks of absorption and complications are significantly high. Replacement with a suitable alternative should be considered under your doctor's supervision.
Food interactions
Information not available.
Lab interactions
Information not available.
Apply a thin layer of Flutivate Skin Cream externally to the affected area as instructed by your doctor. Follow all the usage instructions mentioned on the label or the package insert. Do not apply in larger or smaller quantities than recommended. This cream is generally recommended for use once or twice a day for up to 4 weeks. If you use it twice a day, try to leave a gap of 8 to 12 hours between doses. Do not cover the application area with bandages or other coverings unless specifically instructed by your doctor. Do not use it on damaged skin, face, eyes, or eyelids. If you suspect that the region of skin you are treating has become infected, discontinue the use of Flutivate Skin Cream and consult your doctor. Contact your doctor if symptoms do not improve or resolve after two weeks of use.
Miscelleneous

Usage does not depend on food timings

To be taken as instructed by doctor

Does not cause sleepiness

How it works
Flutivate Skin Cream is a topical steroid. It works by inhibiting the production of certain chemicals (such as prostaglandins) which reduces inflammation (swelling), itching, and redness of your skin.
Legal Status

Approved

Approved

Unknown

Approved

Classification

Category

Topical Corticosteroids

Schedule

Schedule H

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