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With fluocinonide ointment, the dosing guidelines will depend on the type and severity of the skin condition being treated. The starting dosage is typically a thin layer of the ointment applied to the affected areas of the skin two to four times daily. A healthcare provider may suggest covering the medicine with a bandage to help improve the absorption and effectiveness of the drug.

An Introduction to Your Dosage of Fluocinonide Ointment

The dose of fluocinonide ointment (Lidex®) your healthcare provider recommends will vary, depending on the type and severity of the skin condition being treated. As is always the case, do not adjust your dosage unless your healthcare provider specifically tells you to do so.
 

Fluocinonide Ointment Dosing Guidelines

The standard dose for treating itching or inflammation due to a wide variety of skin conditions (such as psoriasis, eczema, or atopic dermatitis) is a thin layer applied to the affected area(s) of the skin two to four times a day. Wash your hands after applying fluocinonide ointment, unless you are treating your hands.
 
Your healthcare provider may recommend covering the medicine with a dressing, such as a bandage. This increases the effectiveness of the drug, but also increases the risk for side effects. If you develop an infection while using fluocinonide ointment with a dressing, talk with your healthcare provider. You will probably need to stop using the dressing and treat the infection with an antibiotic or antifungal medication.
 
Make sure to ask your healthcare provider how long you should use fluocinonide ointment. Long-term uses of steroids, including fluocinonide ointment, should usually be avoided if possible, due to the risk for side effects.
 
If no improvement is seen within two weeks, talk with your healthcare provider about a different treatment approach.
 
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