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  • Cream, gel, or ointment
  • Lotion
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Calms down skin inflammation.

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Prescription onlyLower-cost generic available

Our pharmacists’ bottom line

Cutivate (Fluticasone) works well for itchy, red skin, but over time steroids can make your skin thin and prone to infections.

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  • Effective at treating the itchiness and redness of rashes and skin irritation.
  • Available in generic.
  • Can be used with other medications if there is a skin infection.
  • Can slow down wound healing.
  • Because it's a steroid, it can thin healthy skin and make it more susceptible to infections or cuts.
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Side effects for Cutivate (Fluticasone)

From clinical trials of Cutivate / Eczema 

  • Any side effectAny side effect4% for Fluticasone vs.0% for placebo
  • ItchingItching3% for Fluticasone vs.0% for placebo
  • DrynessDryness1% for Fluticasone vs.0% for placebo
  • Numbness of fingersNumbness of fingers1% for Fluticasone vs.0% for placebo

What to expect when you start Cutivate (Fluticasone)

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Tips from our pharmacists
  • Don't use bandages that restrict airflow over the area where you apply the medication (unless your doctor tells you to).
  • Can slow down skin healing.
  • Wash and dry the area before using the medication, and wash and dry your hands before and after you apply the medication.
  • Don't use on skin that's been cut or bleeding.
  • Avoid using near your face, underarms, or groin unless told to by your doctor.

Risks and Warnings for Cutivate (Fluticasone)

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    • Higher risk if:
    • Using bandages that restrict airflow and using over a wide area of the skin for a long time

    Adrenal suppression can occur if you are using Cutivate (Fluticasone), especially over a wide area of the skin for a long time and if you're using bandages that prevent airflow over the area. Symptoms include joint or muscle pain, extreme low energy and depression. Use this medication exactly how your doctor tells you to.

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Tips from pharmacists and people taking Cutivate (Fluticasone)

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The FDA category for this medication is C. It is advised that you: Weigh risks vs. benefits