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If you have certain skin conditions, you may benefit from Vanos. This medicated skin cream is approved for treating conditions such as dermatitis, eczema, and poison ivy, just to name a few. This medicine is a type of steroid and works by reducing inflammation and itching, as well as suppressing an overactive immune system. There are currently no "off-label," or unapproved, uses for Vanos.

What Is Vanos Used For?

Vanos® (fluocinonide cream) is a prescription skin medication approved to treat inflammation and itching due to a wide variety of conditions. Some of these conditions include but are not limited to:
Vanos is approved to treat any skin condition that is responsive to corticosteroids. This medicine is recommended for short-term use only (for two weeks or less), and people must be careful to avoid using more than 60 grams (half of a 120-gram tube) per week. Using too much or using it for extended periods may cause serious side effects (see Vanos Side Effects).

How Does This Medicine Work?

Vanos belongs to 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. Vanos works for most conditions by decreasing inflammation or suppressing an overactive immune system.

Can Children Use Vanos?

Vanos is approved for use in children 12 years of age and older; it has not been adequately studied in younger age groups. 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.
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