Diflorasone (On the skin)

Introduction

Diflorasone

Relieves pain, itching, and swelling caused by skin diseases. This medicine is a corticosteroid.

Brand Name(s)

There may be other brand names for this medicine.

Apexicon E, Psorcon E, Psorcon, Apexicon

When This Medicine Should Not Be Used

You should not use this medicine if you have had an allergic reaction to diflorasone diacetate.

How to Use This Medicine

Cream, Ointment

  • Your doctor will tell you how much of this medicine to use and how often. Do not use more medicine or use it more often than your doctor tells you to.
  • This medicine is for use on the skin only. Do not get it in your eyes, nose, or mouth. Do not use it on skin areas that have cuts or scrapes. If it does get on these areas, rinse it off right away.
  • Wash your hands with soap and water before and after using this medicine.
  • Apply a thin layer to the affected area. Rub it in gently.
  • Do not cover the treated area with a bandage unless your doctor has told you to.
  • This medicine is not for long-term use.
  • If this medicine is used on the diaper area of your child, avoid using tight-fitting diapers or plastic plants.

If a dose is missed:

  • If you miss a dose or forget to use your medicine, apply it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, wait until then to apply the medicine and skip the missed dose. Do not apply extra medicine to make up for a missed dose.

How to Store and Dispose of This Medicine

  • Store the medicine in a closed container at room temperature, away from heat, moisture, and direct light.
  • Ask your pharmacist, doctor, or health caregiver about the best way to dispose of the used medicine container and any leftover medicine after you have finished your treatment. You will also need to throw away old medicine after the expiration date has passed.
  • Keep all medicine away from children and never share your medicine with anyone.

Drugs and Foods to Avoid

Ask your doctor or pharmacist before using any other medicine, including over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products.

  • Do not use cosmetics or other skin care products on the treated skin areas.

Warnings While Using This Medicine

  • Make sure your doctor knows if you are pregnant or breast feeding.
  • If your symptoms do not improve or if they get worse, call your doctor.
  • Your doctor will need to check your progress at regular visits while you are using this medicine. Be sure to keep all appointments.
  • Your doctor will need to check your blood or urine at regular visits while you are using this medicine. Be sure to keep all appointments.
  • Do not use this medicine for a skin problem that has not been checked by your doctor.
  • You should not use this medicine for your child without a doctor's approval.

Possible Side Effects While Using This Medicine

Call your doctor right away if you notice any of these side effects:

  • Allergic reaction: Itching or hives, swelling in your face or hands, swelling or tingling in your mouth or throat, chest tightness, trouble breathing.
  • Gaining weight around your neck, upper back, breast, face, or waist.
  • Signs of skin infection, such as swelling, redness, warmth, pus, or oozing.

If you notice these less serious side effects, talk with your doctor:

  • Acne or tiny pimples on the skin.
  • Changes in the color of your skin.
  • Excessive hair growth.
  • Increased thirst or appetite.
  • Irritation, burning, itching, or dryness of your skin.
  • Itching and redness around your lips.

If you notice other side effects that you think are caused by this medicine, tell your doctor

Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088

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