Vanos Warnings and Precautions

Tell your healthcare provider if you are pregnant or breastfeeding before starting treatment with Vanos. Other safety precautions include warnings of potential drug interactions and allergic reactions. It is also important to not use this cream for more than two weeks, as it can cause potentially serious side effects and might cause your body to stop making its own natural steroids.

What Should I Tell My Healthcare Provider?

You should talk with your healthcare provider prior to using Vanos® (fluocinonide cream) if you:
 
  • Are pregnant or thinking of becoming pregnant
  • Are breastfeeding
  • Have any allergies, including to foods, dyes, or preservatives.
 
You should also tell your healthcare provider about all other medications you are taking, including prescription and nonprescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.
 

Specific Precautions and Warnings With Vanos

Some warnings and precautions to be aware of before using this medicated skin cream include:
 
  • Vanos is a steroid and can cause serious side effects, such as Cushing's syndrome or diabetes. Although this is more likely to occur with oral or injectable steroids, it is still possible with topical steroids, including Vanos. The more you apply and the longer you use the drug, the more likely these problems are to occur. Covering the cream with a dressing may also increase this risk.
 
  • It is not recommended to use Vanos for more than two weeks at a time. Although the drug is quite effective, it should not be used on a long-term basis.
 
  • If you use this medication for an extended period of time, it may lead to Cushing's syndrome (a group of symptoms caused by prolonged exposure to steroids). Contact your healthcare provider if you develop any signs of this condition, such as:
 
    • A rounded face
    • Unusual body fat distribution (more fat in the trunk, face, and neck, and less fat in the extremities)
    • High blood sugar levels.
 
  • Vanos can suppress the body's ability to make natural steroids. This typically happens when large doses are used over a long period of time (which is not recommended). In such circumstances, Vanos should be stopped gradually, to give your body a chance to begin making its own natural steroids again. If this is not feasible, you might need to take an oral steroid for a while (after which you will slowly be weaned off the oral steroid).
 
  • Like all steroids, Vanos may slow down the growth rate of children and teenagers. Contact your child's healthcare provider if you are concerned about a slow growth rate in your child. In general, children may be more susceptible to side effects of steroids. Close monitoring is necessary for any child receiving long-term steroids.
 
  • Vanos can suppress the immune system, perhaps leading to infections or other problems.
 
 
  • Vanos is a pregnancy Category C medication. This means that it may not be safe for use during pregnancy, although the full risks are currently unknown (see Vanos and Pregnancy).
 
  • It is unknown if Vanos passes through breast milk. Therefore, if you are breastfeeding or plan to start, discuss this with your healthcare provider prior to using the drug (see Vanos and Breastfeeding).
 

Vanos Cream Information

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