fluticasone propionate (Cutivate)

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    Jay W. Marks, MD

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What is fluticasone propionate-topical, and how does it work (mechanism of action)?

Fluticasone propionate is a synthetic (man-made) corticosteroid that is used on the skin (topically). The naturally-occurring corticosteroid is cortisol or hydrocortisone produced by the adrenal gland. Corticosteroids have potent anti-inflammatory actions and also suppress the immune response. Similar drugs include betamethasone dipropionate (Diprolene), clobetasol propionate (Temovate), halobetasol propionate (Ultravate), betamethasone dipropionate (Diprosone), desoximetasone (Topicort), halcinonide (Halog), amcinonide (Cyclocort), triamcinolone acetonide (Kenalog), fluocinolone acetonide (Synalar), hydrocortisone butyrate (Locoid), hydrocortisone valerate (Westcort), and mometasone furoate (Elocon). The FDA approved topical fluticasone propionate in December, 1990.

What brand names are available for fluticasone propionate-topical?

Cutivate

Is fluticasone propionate-topical available as a generic drug?

GENERIC AVAILABLE: Yes

Do I need a prescription for fluticasone propionate-topical?

Yes

What are the side effects of fluticasone propionate-topical?

WARNING Prolonged use or application of topical steroids to large surface areas can depress the ability of the body's adrenal glands to produce corticosteroids. This occurs because some of the fluticasone propionate is absorbed into the body and shuts off the production of the naturally occurring corticosteroids.Abruptly stopping hydrocortisone in these individuals can cause symptoms of corticosteroid insufficiency.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 9/15/2015

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