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As a type of steroid, Vanos is prescribed to treat certain skin conditions, such as eczema, dermatitis, and psoriasis. It works by reducing inflammation and suppressing an overactive immune system. This cream is usually applied to the affected areas of the skin once or twice daily for up to two weeks. Side effects may include headaches and burning at the application site.

What Is Vanos?

Vanos® (fluocinonide cream) is a prescription skin medication. It is a topical steroid used to treat inflammation and itching due to a wide variety of skin conditions, such as eczema, psoriasis, dermatitis, and allergic reactions. This medicine is approved for use in adults and children as young as 12 years old.
(Click Vanos Uses for more information on this topic, including possible off-label uses.)

Who Makes This Medicine?

Brand-name Vanos is made by Contract Pharmaceuticals Limited for Medicis Pharmaceutical Corporation.

How Does Vanos 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.

When and How to Use It

Some general 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 cream sparingly; only a thin film is necessary.
  • Do not cover the medicine 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.
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