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When treating skin conditions with Vanos, your dosage will depend on the type of skin condition you have. The starting dose is usually a thin layer of the cream applied to the affected areas once or twice a day for up to two weeks. Your healthcare provider may recommend you cover the area with a dressing to improve the absorption and effectiveness of the drug.

An Introduction to Dosing With Vanos

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

Vanos Dosage for Skin Conditions

The standard dose for treating psoriasis is a thin layer applied twice daily for up to two weeks. For treating atopic dermatitis, Vanos is normally used just once a day, for up to two weeks.
For all other uses, apply a thin layer once or twice daily for up to two weeks, as directed by your healthcare provider.
In all cases, it is not recommended to exceed two weeks of treatment with this drug. Also, do not apply more than 60 grams (half of a 120-gram tube) per week. Using too much Vanos or using it too long can increase the risk for serious side effects (see Vanos Side Effects).
Vanos is approved for use in children 12 years of age and older; it has not been adequately studied in younger children. This medicine is a highly potent steroid, and young children are more likely to absorb too much of this medication (perhaps leading to serious side effects). If steroid treatment is necessary for a child, it would probably be more appropriate to use a milder, less potent steroid.

General Information on Using Vanos

Some considerations to keep in mind during treatment with Vanos include the following:
  • This medication is usually applied to the affected area(s) of the skin once or twice a day for up to two weeks. Long-term treatment is not recommended.
  • Apply the medicine sparingly; only a thin film is necessary.
  • Do not cover the cream with a dressing or bandage, unless your healthcare provider specifically tells you to do so (covering it increases the risk for side effects).
  • For the medication to work properly, it must be used as prescribed.
  • If you are unsure about anything related to dosing with Vanos, please talk to your healthcare provider or pharmacist.
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