SynalarSynalar (Fluocinolone) is used to treat the itching, redness, dryness, crusting, scaling, inflammation, and discomfort of various skin conditions.
Why is Synalar prescribed?
Fluocinolone is used to treat the itching, redness, dryness, crusting, scaling, inflammation, and discomfort of various skin conditions.
This medication is sometimes prescribed for other uses; ask your doctor or pharmacist for more information.
How should this medicine be used?
Synalar comes in ointment, cream, solution, shampoo, and oil in various strengths for use on the skin. It usually is applied two to four times a day. Follow the directions on your prescription label carefully, and ask your doctor or pharmacist to explain any part you do not understand. Use fluocinolone exactly as directed. Do not use more or less of it or use it more often than prescribed by your doctor. Do not apply it to other areas of your body or wrap or bandage the treated area unless directed to do so by your doctor.
Wash or soak the affected area thoroughly before applying the medicine, unless it irritates your skin. Then apply the ointment, cream, solution, or oil sparingly in a thin film and rub it in gently.
Use the shampoo as you would any normal shampoo. Wet your hair and scalp. Apply the shampoo and gently massage the scalp. Rinse with water.
To use a solution on your scalp, part your hair, apply a small amount of the medicine on the affected area, and rub it in gently. Protect the area from washing and rubbing until the solution dries. You may wash your hair as usual but not right after applying the medicine.
Avoid prolonged use on the face, in the genital and rectal areas, and in skin creases and armpits unless directed by your doctor.
If you are using fluocinolone on your face, keep it out of your eyes.
If you are using fluocinolone on a child's diaper area, do not use tight-fitting diapers or plastic pants. Such use may increase side effects.
Do not apply cosmetics or other skin preparations on the treated area without talking with your doctor.
If your doctor tells you to wrap or bandage the treated area, follow these instructions:
- Soak the area in water or wash it well.
- While the skin is moist, gently rub Synalar into the affected areas.
- Cover the area with plastic wrap (such as Saran Wrap or Handi-Wrap). The plastic may be held in place with a gauze or elastic bandage or adhesive tape on normal skin beside the treated area. (Instead of using plastic wrap, plastic gloves may be used for the hands, plastic bags for the feet, or a shower cap for the scalp.)
- Carefully seal the edges of the plastic to make sure the wrap adheres closely to the skin. If the affected area is moist, you can leave the edges of the plastic wrap partly unsealed or puncture the wrap to allow excess moisture to escape.
- Leave the plastic wrapping in place as long as directed by your doctor. Usually wraps are left in place no more than 12 hours each day.
- Cleanse the skin and reapply the medication each time a new plastic wrapping is applied. Call your doctor if the treated area gets worse or if burning, swelling, redness, or oozing of pus develops.
Do not discontinue treatment abruptly without talking to your doctor.
What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before using Synalar?
Return to your doctor if the condition does not improve or if it gets worse. Fluocinolone topical alone will not treat the condition if it is an infection.
Fluocinolone topical is in the FDA pregnancy category C. This means that it is not known whether fluocinolone topical will be harmful to an unborn baby. Do not use this medication without first talking to your doctor if you are pregnant or could become pregnant during treatment. If it is necessary to use fluocinolone during pregnancy, the smallest amount possible should be applied, for the shortest time necessary to treat the condition, under the supervision of a doctor.
It is not known whether fluocinolone passes into breast milk. Do not use fluocinolone topical without first talking to your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.
Do not use fluocinolone topical to treat a child, unless it is prescribed by a doctor for the child. Children are more sensitive to the effects of fluocinolone topical.
What should I do if I forget a dose?
Apply the missed dose as soon as you remember it. However, if it is almost time for the next dose, skip the missed dose and continue your regular dosing schedule. Do not apply a double dose to make up for a missed one.
What side effects can this medication cause?
Although side effects from Synalar are not common, they can occur. Tell your doctor if any of these symptoms are severe or do not go away:
- drying or cracking of the skin
- change in skin color
If you experience any of the following symptoms, call your doctor immediately:
What storage conditions are needed for Synalar?
- severe skin rash
- difficulty breathing or swallowing
- skin infection (redness, swelling, or oozing pus)
Keep this medication in the container it came in, tightly closed, and out of reach of children. Store it at room temperature and away from excess heat. Do not allow it to freeze. Throw away any medication that is outdated or no longer needed. Do not use it to treat other skin conditions. Talk to your pharmacist about the proper disposal of your medication.
What other information should I know?
Keep all appointments with your doctor.
Do not let anyone else use your medication. Ask your pharmacist any questions you have about refilling your prescription.