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Cyclocort is a type of steroid applied on the skin to treat dermatitis, eczema, psoriasis, or various other skin conditions. This prescription medicine comes as an ointment, cream, and lotion, and is applied to the affected areas of the skin two or three times daily. It works by reducing inflammation and suppressing the immune system. Side effects may include itching, stinging, and burning.

What Is Cyclocort?

Cyclocort® (amcinonide) is a prescription skin medication. It comes in the form of an ointment, a lotion, and a cream. It belongs to a group of medications known as topical steroids, and is used to treat inflammation and itching due to a wide variety of skin conditions, such as eczema, psoriasis, dermatitis, and allergic reactions.
 
(Click Cyclocort Uses for more information on this topic, including possible off-label uses.)
 

Who Makes This Medicine?

Although brand-name Cyclocort is no longer made, generic versions of the drug are available that are made by various manufacturers.
 

How Does Cyclocort Work?

Cyclocort is part of a group of medications known as glucocorticoids, which are a type of corticosteroid (or "steroid" for short). Although glucocorticoids have numerous effects in the body, they are used mostly for their anti-inflammatory or immune-suppressing properties. Cyclocort works by decreasing inflammation and suppressing an overactive immune system.
 

When and How to Use It

Some general considerations to keep in mind during treatment with Cyclocort include the following:
 
  • This medication is usually applied to the affected area(s) of the skin two or three times a day.
 
  • Apply Cyclocort sparingly. More is not better; only a thin film is necessary.
 
  • If your healthcare provider recommends it, you may apply a dressing over the medication. Ask your healthcare provider or pharmacist for a recommendation on which type of dressing to use.
 
  • For Cyclocort to work properly, it must be used as prescribed.
 
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