Vanos

Generic Name: Fluocinonide

  • What is Vanos?

    Vanos cream is a steroid medication used to treat inflammation and itching caused by a variety of skin disorders (e.g., psoriasis, atopic dermatitis) in adults and children who are ≥12 years old.

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

    When you use Vanos, some of the medication may be absorbed through your skin and into your bloodstream. Too much absorption can lead to unwanted side effects elsewhere in your body, including increased sugar in your blood and urine, and a set of symptoms called Cushing's syndrome. Children may be at higher risk and experience delayed growth and weight gain.

    Avoid use of another steroid-containing medication while using Vanos.

    Vanos should only be used externally. Avoid contact with the eyes. Do not use on the face, groin, or underarms.

    Skin treated with Vanos should not be bandaged or otherwise covered unless directed by your doctor. If you are using Vanos on a large portion of your body, you should be frequently checked by your doctor.

    Do not use Vanos for more than 2 weeks in a row. Talk to your doctor if your condition does not improve within 2 weeks.

    Tell your doctor and discontinue Vanos if your skin becomes irritated.

  • Who should not take Vanos?

    Do not use Vanos if you are allergic to fluocinonide or any of the medication's ingredients.

    Do not use Vanos to treat rosacea or inflamed skin around the mouth.

    The use of Vanos cream is not approved in children <12 years of age.

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

    Tell your doctor about all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medications you are taking before starting treatment with Vanos. Also, talk to your doctor about your complete medical history, especially if you have a skin infection that is not healing, have had irritation or other skin reaction to a steroid medicine in the past, high blood sugar, Cushing's syndrome, are pregnant or plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.

  • 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.

    Atopic Dermatitis

    Adults and children ≥12 years: Apply a thin layer of Vanos cream once daily to the affected skin areas as directed by your doctor. Do not use Vanos for more than 2 weeks in a row. Do not use more than 60 grams (g) per week or more than half of the 120 g tube per week.

    Psoriasis and Other Skin Conditions

    Adults and children ≥12 years: Apply a thin layer of Vanos cream once or twice daily to the affected areas as directed by your doctor. Do not use Vanos for more than 2 weeks in a row. Do not use more than 60 g per week or more than half of the 120 g tube per week.

  • How should I take Vanos?

    Vanos should be applied to the affected skin in a thin layer. Do not cover or bandage the area unless your doctor tells you to do so.

    Vanos is for external use only. Wash your hands after each application.

    Do not use Vanos for more than 2 weeks in a row. Talk to your doctor if your condition does not improve within 2 weeks.

    Tell your doctor and discontinue Vanos if your skin becomes irritated.

  • What should I avoid while taking Vanos?

    Talk to your doctor if you are breastfeeding. Your doctor may recommend that you discontinue breastfeeding or stop using Vanos, taking into account the importance of the drug to you.

    Avoid contact with the eyes. Do not use on the face, groin, or underarms.

    Skin treated with Vanos cream should not be bandaged or otherwise covered unless directed by your doctor.

    Avoid use of another steroid-containing medication while using Vanos.

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

    If Vanos 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 Vanos with another steroid-containing medication.

  • What are the possible side effects of Vanos?

    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, congestion, headache, nasal infection, sore throat

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

    The effects of Vanos during pregnancy and breastfeeding are unknown. If you are pregnant, Vanos should be used only if the potential benefit justifies the potential risk to the unborn child. Tell your doctor immediately if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding. Your doctor may recommend that you discontinue breastfeeding or stop using Vanos, taking into account the importance of the drug to you.

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

    If you miss a dose of Vanos, 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.

  • How should I store Vanos?

    Store at room temperature.

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