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Lidex ointment is a topical corticosteroid medication that is used to treat a variety of skin conditions such as eczema, dermatitis, psoriasis, allergies, and rash. It contains the active ingredient fluocinonide, which belongs to the family of medications called corticosteroids. Fluocinonide works by reducing inflammation and itching on the skin.
When applied topically, it is absorbed into the skin cells and works by preventing the release of certain chemicals that cause inflammation and itching. This can help to reduce the symptoms of a variety of skin conditions such as eczema, dermatitis, psoriasis, and allergies.
Use and Dosage
Lidex is available in ointment and is typically applied to the affected area of skin 2 to 4 times daily, or as directed by a healthcare professional. Lidex is a prescription medication and should only be used under the guidance of a healthcare provider.
To use Lidex ointment, follow these steps:
- Clean and dry the affected area before applying the ointment.
- Apply a thin layer of the ointment to the affected area and gently rub it in.
- Wash your hands after applying the ointment unless you are treating your hands.
- Use Lidex ointment as directed by your healthcare provider. Do not use more or less of it or use it more often than prescribed.
Read the Patient Information Leaflet that comes with the medication before using Lidex ointment and follow your healthcare provider's instructions for safe and effective use.
Common Side Effects of Lidex Ointment (Fluocinonide):
- Changes in color of treated skin
- Mild skin itching
- Skin rash or irritation around your mouth
- Sore throat
- Stuffy nose
- Swollen hair follicles
- Thinning or softening of your skin
Serious Side Effects of Lidex Ointment (Fluocinonide):
- Blurred vision or seeing halos around lights
- Feeling tired
- Mood changes
- Muscle weakness
- Puffiness in your face
- Sleep problems (insomnia)
- Weight gain
Forms and Strength
Lidex Ointment (Fluocinonide) is available in the following forms and strength:
Lidex Ointment: Ointment
- Chronic use may cause skin atrophy, which can increase the risk of infections.
- Topical corticosteroids can cause suppression of the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis, which can lead to adrenal insufficiency.
- Long-term use may cause absorption into the bloodstream, which can lead to systemic side effects such as Cushing's syndrome, hyperglycemia, and glycosuria.
- Lidex ointment should not be used to treat skin infections or near the eyes.
- Lidex ointment is not recommended for use during pregnancy or breastfeeding without consulting a doctor.
- Lidex ointment may cause skin irritation, burning or itching, or other adverse skin reactions, including allergic contact dermatitis.
- Topical corticosteroids may cause acneiform eruptions, rosacea-like eruptions, or other skin disorders.
- Topical corticosteroids may interact with certain drugs, herbs, or supplements, let your healthcare provider know of any other medications or supplements you are taking before using Lidex ointment.
- Lidex ointment should be stored at room temperature and kept out of reach of children.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
How many days can you use fluocinonide?
Do not use it for more than 2 weeks unless your doctor tells you otherwise.
How long to leave fluocinonide on skin?
You should not use fluocinonide, a potent topical corticosteroid (“steroid”), on your skin for longer than 2 weeks unless directed to do so by your doctor. If you see that your condition is not improving after 2 weeks contact your doctor who will reassess your treatment.
What happens if you use fluocinonide for too long?
Using too much of this medicine or using it for a long time may increase your risk of having adrenal gland problems. The risk is greater for children and patients who use large amounts for a long time.
It's important to purchase Lidex Ointment from verified Canadian pharmacy.