What Is Fluocinonide Ointment Used For?

Is It Safe for Children?

Fluocinonide ointment is not specifically approved for use in children, as it has not been adequately studied for children. Children may be more likely to absorb more of the drug past the skin into the rest of the body, increasing the risk for side effects. Talk with your child's healthcare provider about the benefits and risks of using fluocinonide ointment.
 
Fluocinonide ointment is a highly potent steroid. In most situations, a less potent steroid should be tried first for children.
 
If your healthcare provider recommends using this product on the diaper area of a child, do not use plastic pants or tight-fitting diapers, as this may increase the risk for side effects.
 

Are There Off-Label Uses for Fluocinonide Ointment?

On occasion, your healthcare provider may recommend this medicine for something other than the treatment of skin inflammation and itching. This is known as an "off-label" use. For instance, fluocinonide (typically in gel form) is sometimes used off-label to treat canker sores.

Fluocinonide Ointment Information

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