Derma-Smoothe F/S(Fluocinolone Acetonide)
Derma-Smoothe F/S Overview
Derma-Smoothe F/S is used to treat scalp psoriasis. Fluocinolone reduces the swelling, itching, and redness that occurs with this condition. Derma-Smoothe F/S is a low- to medium-strength corticosteroid.
How to Use Derma-Smoothe F/S
Shake well before each use. Use Derma-Smoothe F/S on the scalp only. Wet hair and scalp thoroughly before applying the medication. Apply a thin film to scalp and massage well. Cover the scalp with the shower cap provided for at least 4 hours or overnight. Afterwards, wash off the medication with regular shampoo and rinse well. After applying the medication, wash your hands. Avoid getting Derma-Smoothe F/S in the eyes, nose, or mouth. If you get the medication in these areas, rinse with plenty of water. Do not use Derma-Smoothe F/S on your face, underarms or groin area. Use Derma-Smoothe F/S regularly to get the most benefit from it. To help you remember, use it at the same time each day. Inform your doctor if your condition lasts or gets worse after 2 weeks.
Derma-Smoothe F/S Precautions
Before using fluocinolone, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to it; or to other corticosteroids (such as hydrocortisone, prednisone); or if you have any other allergies. Derma-Smoothe F/S may contain inactive ingredients (such as peanut oil), which can cause allergic reactions or other problems. Talk to your pharmacist for more details. Before using Derma-Smoothe F/S, tell your doctor or pharmacist your medical history. Do not use if there is an infection or sore in the area to be treated. Skin infections can become worse when Derma-Smoothe F/S is used. Notify your doctor promptly if redness, swelling, or irritation does not improve. 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. Before having surgery or emergency treatment, or if you get a serious illness/injury, tell your doctor or dentist that you are using Derma-Smoothe F/S or have used Derma-Smoothe F/S within the past few months. Though it is unlikely, Derma-Smoothe F/S may temporarily slow down a child's growth if used for a long time. See the doctor regularly so your child's height can be checked. During pregnancy, Derma-Smoothe F/S should be used only when clearly needed. Discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor. It is not known whether Derma-Smoothe F/S passes into breast milk when applied to the skin. Similar medications pass into breast milk when taken by mouth. Consult your doctor before breast-feeding.
Derma-Smoothe F/S Misdose
If you miss a dose of Derma-Smoothe F/S, use it as soon as you remember. If it is near the time of the next dose, skip the missed dose. Use your next dose at the regular time. Do not double the dose to catch up.
Derma-Smoothe F/S Interactions
Drug interactions may change how your medications work or increase your risk for serious side effects. This document does not contain all possible drug interactions. Keep a list of all the products you use (including prescription/nonprescription drugs and herbal products) and share it with your doctor and pharmacist. Do not start, stop, or change the dosage of any medicines without your doctor's approval.
Derma-Smoothe F/S Side Effects
Stinging, burning, irritation, dryness, or redness at the application site may occur. Acne, excessive hair growth, small red bumps on the skin (folliculitis), skin thinning/discoloration, or stretch marks may also occur. If any of these effects last or get worse, notify your doctor or pharmacist promptly. Remember that Derma-Smoothe F/S has been prescribed because your doctor has judged that the benefit to you is greater than the risk of side effects. Many people using Derma-Smoothe F/S do not have serious side effects. Rarely, it is possible Derma-Smoothe F/S 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 Derma-Smoothe F/S for a long time or over large areas of the skin.unusual/extreme tiredness, weight loss, headache, swelling ankles/feet, increased thirst/urination, vision problems. A very serious allergic reaction to Derma-Smoothe F/S is rare. However, get medical help right away if you notice any symptoms of a serious allergic reaction,rash, itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat), severe dizziness, trouble breathing. This is not a complete list of possible side effects. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 or at www.fda.gov/medwatch. In Canada - Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to Health Canada at 1-866-234-2345.
Derma-Smoothe F/S Storage
Store at room temperature. Keep all medications away from children and pets. Do not flush medications down the toilet or pour them into a drain unless instructed to do so. Properly discard Derma-Smoothe F/S when it is expired or no longer needed. Consult your pharmacist or local waste disposal company.
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