Corticosteroids Low Potency (Topical)
Proper Use of This Medicine
Be very careful
not to get this medicine in your eyes. Wash your hands after using your finger
to apply the medicine. If you accidentally get this medicine in your eyes,
flush them with water.
Do not bandage or otherwise wrap the skin being treated
unless directed to do so by your doctor.
If your doctor has ordered an occlusive dressing (airtight covering, such
as kitchen plastic wrap or a special patch) to be applied over this medicine,
make sure you know how to apply it. Since occlusive dressings increase the
amount of medicine absorbed through your skin and the possibility of side
effects, use them only as directed. If you have any questions about this,
check with your doctor.
For patients using the topical aerosol form
of this medicine:
This medicine usually comes with patient directions. Read them carefully
before using this medicine.
It is important to avoid breathing in the vapors from the spray or
getting them in your eyes. If you accidentally get this medicine in your eyes,
flush them with water.
Do not use near heat, near an open flame, or while smoking.
Do not use this medicine more often or for a longer
time than your doctor ordered or than recommended on the package label
To do so may increase the chance of absorption through the skin and the chance
of side effects.
If this medicine has been prescribed for you, it is meant to treat a specific
skin problem. Do not use it for other skin problems,
and do not use nonprescription hydrocortisone for skin problems that are not
listed on the package label, without first checking with your doctor
Topical corticosteroids should not be used on many kinds of bacterial, viral,
or fungal skin infections.
Dosing - The dose of topical corticosteroid will be
different for different patients and products. Follow
your doctor's orders or the directions on the label
Missed dose - If your doctor has ordered you to use this medicine
on a regular schedule and you miss a dose, apply it as soon as possible. But
if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and apply it
at the next regularly scheduled time.
Storage - To store this medicine:
Keep out of the reach of children.
Store away from heat and direct light.
Keep the medicine from freezing.
Do not puncture, break, or burn aerosol containers, even after they
Do not keep outdated medicine or medicine no longer needed. Be sure
that any discarded medicine is out of the reach of children.