If you have dermatitis, eczema, psoriasis, or certain other skin conditions, a healthcare provider may prescribe Vanos® (fluocinonide cream). This medicine is a type of steroid and works by reducing inflammation and suppressing an overactive immune system.
There is only one strength and form of Vanos available: Vanos 0.1% cream. The dose your healthcare provider recommends will mainly depend on the type of skin condition being treated. Typically, Vanos is applied to the affected areas of the skin once or twice daily for up to two weeks. In some cases, a healthcare provider may recommend that you put a dressing over the area to help improve the absorption of the drug into the bloodstream.
While most people tolerate this medicine well, side effects are possible and may include headaches and burning at the application site. In most cases, reactions to this medication tend to be minor and easy to treat.
(Click Vanos for a complete overview of this medicated skin cream, including dosing guidelines, why it may not be suitable for some people, and more).
Written by/reviewed by: Kristi Monson, PharmD;Arthur Schoenstadt, MD
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