Before you begin using a medication, be sure to inform your doctor of any medical conditions or allergies you may have, any medications you are taking, whether you are pregnant or breast-feeding, and any other significant facts about your health. These factors may affect how you should use this medication.
Absorption: When flumethasone is used over extensive areas for prolonged periods and under dressings that don't breathe, it is possible that enough medication will absorb into the bloodstream to cause side effects. Speak to your doctor about when you should stop using the cream.
Prolonged use of the cream over large areas of the body or applying it under dressings that don't breathe could cause this medication to be absorbed into the bloodstream, potentially producing effects similar to those seen after taking corticosteroid medications by mouth for long periods of time.
Effectiveness of medication: Although the side effects associated with the use of this medication are uncommon and not to be expected from ordinary use, sensitization, irritation, and failure to produce improvement have been noticed in rare instances. If your condition does not improve after one week of using the cream, call your doctor.
Eyes: Use this medication with caution on lesions close to the eye. Take care to ensure that it does not enter the eye, as glaucoma may result. Cataracts have been reported following internal use of corticosteroids.
Kidney function: If you have reduced kidney function or kidney disease, discuss with your doctor how this medication may affect your medical condition, how your medical condition may affect the dosing and effectiveness of this medication, and whether any special monitoring is needed.
Laboratory tests: This medication may interfere with the results of certain thyroid function tests and tests for phenylketonuria.
Liver function: If you have reduced liver function or liver disease, discuss with your doctor how this medication may affect your medical condition, how your medical condition may affect the dosing and effectiveness of this medication, and whether any special monitoring is needed.
Medical treatment: Be sure to tell all health professionals involved in your care that you are using this medication.
Thinning of skin: Using topical corticosteroid medications for a long period of time can cause skin to thin or soften or cause stretch marks. Your doctor may recommend you stop using this medication once in a while or to apply to one area of the body at a time.
Pregnancy: This medication should not be used during pregnancy unless the benefits outweigh the risks. If you become pregnant while using this medication, contact your doctor immediately.
Breast-feeding: It is not known if flumethasone - clioquinol cream passes into breast milk. If you are a breast-feeding mother and are using this medication, it may affect your baby. Talk to your doctor about whether you should continue breast-feeding.
Children: The safety and effectiveness of using this medication have not been established for children less than 2 years old.