fluticasone propionate (Cutivate) (cont.)

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SIDE EFFECTS 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.




  • Topical cream: 0.05%
  • Topical lotion: 0.05%
  • Topical ointment: 0.05%

STORAGE: Fluticasone propionate topical preparations should be stored at room temperature between 15 C to 30 C (59 F and 86 F).


  • Fluticasone is available as cream, lotion, and ointment to apply to the skin.
  • It is usually applied one or two times a day to treat most skin conditions.
  • As with other corticosteroid medicines, treatment should be discontinued when control is achieved.
  • To avoid unwanted side effects, corticosteroid medicines should be used for the shortest duration possible to achieve the desired results.

DRUG INTERACTIONS: No clinically significant drug-drug interactions concerning topical fluticasone propionate and other medications have been reported by the manufacturer.

PREGNANCY: There are no adequate and well-controlled studies in pregnant women. Fluticasone propionate should be used during pregnancy only if the potential benefit justifies the potential but unknown risk to the fetus.

NURSING MOTHERS: It is not known whether topical fluticasone can be excreted into human milk. Since many drugs are excreted into human milk topical fluticasone should be used cautiously in nursing mothers.

REFERENCE: FDA Prescribing Information

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 9/15/2015

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