Cutivate

Generic Name: Fluticasone

  • What is Cutivate?

    Cutivate is a topical steroid available in cream, ointment, and lotion form. It is used to relieve certain inflamed, itchy rashes and other inflammatory skin conditions.

  • What is the most important information I should know about Cutivate?

    When you use Cutivate, you may absorb some of the medication through your skin and into the bloodstream. Too much absorption of Cutivate can lead to unwanted side effects elsewhere in the body. Cutivate can cause a serious side effect involving certain glands and hormones. Your doctor may perform tests to monitor for this side effect while on Cutivate. Avoid using large amounts of Cutivate over large areas, and do not cover with airtight dressings such as plastic wrap or adhesive bandages unless your doctor directs you to do so.

    This medication is for external use only. Avoid contact with the eyes. Cutivate should not be applied to the face, underarms, or groin unless directed by your doctor.

    Cutivate should not be used for any disorder other than that for which it was prescribed.

    Parents should not use Cutivate to treat diaper rash or apply it in the diaper area.

    Stop using Cutivate when the skin area returns to normal. If your symptoms do not improve within 2 weeks, contact your doctor.

  • Who should not take Cutivate?

    Do not use Cutivate if you are allergic to it or any of its ingredients. Cutivate should not be used to treat rosacea and skin inflammation around the mouth, nor if you have certain types of skin damage and infection at the treatment site.

    Cutivate cream should not be used in children <3 months of age; the lotion should not be used in children <1 year of age; and the ointment should not be used at all in children.

  • What should I tell my doctor before I take the first dose of Cutivate?

    Tell your doctor about all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medications you are taking, before beginning treatment with Cutivate. Also, talk to your doctor about your complete medical history.

  • What is the usual dosage?

    The information below is based on the dosage guidelines your doctor uses. Depending on your condition and medical history, your doctor may prescribe a different regimen. Do not change the dosage or stop taking your medication without your doctor's approval.

    Adults and children ≥1 year (lotion): Apply a thin film to the affected skin once daily. Rub in gently.

    Adults and children ≥3 months (cream): Apply a thin film to the affected skin once or twice daily for atopic dermatitis and twice daily for other skin conditions. Rub in gently.

    Adults (ointment): Apply a thin film to the affected skin twice daily. Rub in gently.

  • How should I take Cutivate?

    Apply a thin layer to all infected areas, and rub in gently. Do not cover with bandages or other dressings.

  • What should I avoid while taking Cutivate?

    Cutivate is for external use only. Avoid getting it into your eyes. Do not use it to treat anything other than the condition for which it was prescribed.

    Do not use Cutivate on the face, underarms, or groin unless directed by your doctor.

    Do not use this drug for longer than 4 weeks.

  • What are possible food and drug interactions associated with Cutivate?

    If Cutivate is taken with certain other drugs, the effects of either could be increased, decreased, or altered. It is especially important to check with your doctor before combining Cutivate with other corticosteroid-containing products.

  • What are the possible side effects of Cutivate?

    Side effects cannot be anticipated. If any develop or change in intensity, tell your doctor as soon as possible. Only your doctor can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking this drug.

    Side effects may include: burning, dry skin, stinging, skin infection, itchiness, rash, skin abrasion

  • Can I receive Cutivate if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?

    The effects of Cutivate during pregnancy and breastfeeding are unknown. Tell your doctor immediately if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.

  • What should I do if I miss a dose of Cutivate?

    If you miss a dose of Cutivate, apply the missed dose as soon as you remember it. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the one you missed and return to your regular dosing schedule. Do not apply two doses at once.

  • How should I store Cutivate?

    Store at room temperature. Do not refrigerate the lotion form.

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