GENERIC NAME: fluticasone propionate
BRAND NAME: Cutivate
DRUG CLASS AND MECHANISM: 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.
PRESCRIBED FOR: Fluticasone propionate is used to treat inflammation, itching, redness, dryness, and scaling associated with various skin conditions (for example, insect bites, allergic reactions and eczema).
SIDE EFFECTS: Common side effects include
- redness, or
Other side effects include
- allergic reactions,
- high blood sugar,
- stretch marks,
- slow healing,
- hair growth,
- skin irritation,
- round face,
- muscle weakness,
- changes in eyesight,
- changes in skin color, and
- thinning of the skin.
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