Flurandrenolide (topical)

Flurandrenolide is a topical medicine that is mainly used to relieve discomfort caused by skin conditions such as redness, itching or swelling. It is also used in a tape dosage form to treat dry or scaling skin lesions.

Overview

Classed as a medium-strength corticosteroid, flurandrenolide is a topical medication that is used to alleviate discomfort caused by skin conditions, such as eczema, dermatitis, allergies or a rash. Available in a number of topical dosage forms including lotion, ointment and cream, it is also available as a tape to treat dry or scaling skin lesions.

Skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis of the scalp and rashes can be common and unpleasant for many patients. Although they are non-serious conditions, they can cause an impact on a person's daily routine and may affect certain activities or hobbies. Symptoms of many skin conditions can include redness, swelling, itching and general discomfort of the affected area. Flurandrenolide acts by regulating and reducing inflammation to the area that it is applied, helping to treat and maintain certain skin conditions and stop them from becoming any more harmful to the skin.

It is important that this medication is only used under the direction and prescription of a doctor. Patients should not use it on areas that have not been advised by your doctor, as this can result in side-effects or adverse reactions.

Conditions treated

  • Seborrheic, atopic or contact dermatitis
  • Psoriasis of the scalp
  • Skin rashes
  • Skin itching
  • Skin inflammation

Type of medicine

  • Corticosteroid

Side effects

The most common side effects reported to healthcare professionals for this medication tend to be burning, itching, irritation and dryness of the skin. In most cases, these are side effects that should go away once your body has adjusted to the medication, however, if they become worrisome or remain persistent, make sure to discuss them with your doctor.

Other side effects that do not usually need medical attention include:

  • Acne or pimples
  • Burning and itching sensations of the skin with pin-prick red blisters
  • Burning, itching, and discomfort in hairy areas
  • Pus at the root of the hair follicle
  • Increased hair growth on the forehead, back, arms or legs
  • Skin lightening
  • Burgundy, reddish or purple lines on the face, arms, legs, trunk or crotch area
  • Skin softening

As with the previously mentioned side effects, these should disappear once your body becomes adjusted to the medication, however, make sure to contact your doctor if they concern you.

In some cases, flurandrenolide can cause more serious side effects that will require medical attention. If you experience any of the following symptoms, please seek medical advice when possible:

  • Blistered skin, crusting, dryness, or flaking of the skin
  • A burning sensation
  • Skin irritation
  • Itching, scaling, extreme redness, soreness, or swelling of the skin
  • Scaling and redness around the mouth
  • Easy bruising of the skin and thinning, particularly when flurandrenolide is used on the face or in skin folds, such as between the fingers

If you or your child experiences a rash, burning, swelling, stinging or irritation of your skin, make sure to discontinue use of this medication immediately and check with your doctor.

There is a possibility for some patients to absorb this medication through their skin, which can be a serious reaction. This is a rare occurrence and should be brought to the attention of your healthcare professional right away.

Stop taking flurandrenolide and contact your doctor immediately if you experience any of the following:

  • Seeing halos around lights or blurred vision
  • Headaches, confusion and mood changes
  • Backache and weakness
  • Insomnia
  • Sudden weight gain or loss
  • Puffy face
  • Muscle weakness and fatigue
  • Increased thirst and urination, a dry mouth and fruity breath odor
  • Drowsiness
  • Feeling hungry

Dosage

The dose and strength of flurandrenolide that you will be prescribed will differ from patient to patient. Because of this, it is important that you use this medicine exactly as directed by your doctor to avoid adverse reactions or skin irritation. Patients should stop using flurandrenolide at the time your doctor has decided and should not use it more often, or for a longer duration than necessary.

When using flurandrenolide to treat skin conditions that cause redness, itching and swelling of the skin, the standard dose for adults is to apply flurandrenolide to the affected are two to three times per day. For pediatric patients, the dose and medicine's use must be decided by your doctor.

When using flurandrenolide in its tape dosage form, the standard dose for adults it to apply it to the affected skin area every 12 hours. Pediatric patients must have their use and dose of flurandrenolide tape determined by a doctor.

It is important that patients only use flurandrenolide for skin conditions that your doctor is treating. Do not use it on any open wounds such as cuts, scrapes or burns as this will cause unpleasant side effects. Patients should also avoid any contact with the face, groin, underarms or in areas such as in between the fingers unless your doctor has instructed you to do so. If you get any of this medicine in your eyes, wash them with water right away.

As well as washing hands thoroughly with soap and water before and after use, patients should adhere to certain guidelines for the application and removal of flurandrenolide tape, lotion, cream or ointment.

When using flurandrenolide cream, lotion, or ointment:

  • Shake well before using.
  • Apply a thin layer to the affected area and gently rub it in.
  • If using the lotion, make sure to keep the skin free from water, clothing, or any other elements that may cause rubbing until the medicine has dried.
  • Do wrap or bandage the skin unless your doctor has instructed you to do so.
  • If you will be applying the medicine to your infant's diaper area, avoid tight-fitting plastic pants or diapers unless your doctor has instructed otherwise.
  • If your doctor has instructed that you apply an airtight covering or occlusive dressing to be over the flurandrenolide, ensure that you understand how to apply it. These types of dressings cause a higher quantity of medicine to be absorbed through your skin, so must be carefully applied. Discuss any questions with your doctor before beginning your treatment.

When using flurandrenolide tape:

  • Read and follow the instructions that come with your medicine carefully.
  • clean and wash the affected area gently, with soap and water.
  • Remove any hair in the affected area by shaving or clipping it back. This will allow good application and easier removal of the tape.
  • Make sure that the affected area is completely dry before applying the tape.
  • Don't tear or break the tape, makes sure to measure and cut it before applying to the skin.
  • When pulling the white paper from the transparent tape, make sure that the tape does not stick to itself.
  • When applying, press the tape gently on the skin.
  • Unless instructed otherwise by your doctor, the tape should be replaced every 12 hours. When removing the tape, clean and wash the skin. You should then allow your skin to dry for 1 hour before applying the new tape.

Interactions

Before taking this medication, you should tell your doctor about any over-the-counter or prescription medications that you are currently taking. Although interactions with flurandrenolide tend to be rare and more minor, your doctor may want to alter any current medications or your treatment to ensure that it is effective as possible.

Common medications that can cause interactions include:

  • Certain forms of testosterone
  • Cialis
  • Ciprodex
  • DHEA
  • Diovan
  • Hair Regrowth Treatment for Women
  • Human Albumin Grifols (albumin human)
  • Albuterol
  • Quetiapine
  • Diflorasone topical

There are a number of certain vitamins that can also interact with flurandrenolide. These include fish oils with omega 3 and Vitamin D3. If you are taking these supplements, make sure to tell your doctor before your treatment begins.

Alcohol can cause negative interactions with this medicine and should be considered before taking flurandrenolide.

If you or your child has any illnesses or conditions, please discuss them with your doctor before taking flurandrenolide. They may interact with this medication and cause adverse reactions or alter its effects. In particular, diabetes needs to be taken into account before using this medicine. This is because any medicines containing steroid can increase the sugar levels in your urine or blood. Consequently, your doctor may alter the strength of your dose to provide the most effective treatment possible.

Other illnesses and conditions that your doctor needs to know about before taking flurandrenolide include hyperadrenocorticism, ocular toxicities and any other infections. If you will be applying this cream to your child, you must also let your doctor know whether they have diaper rash.

Warnings

This medicine should never be used on a child without the approval of a doctor. This is because pediatric patients have a higher chance of absorbing large amounts of a topical steroid through their skin. This makes adverse side effects a higher risk and if the medicine is used for long periods of time, it can cause a delay in their growth.

You must also make sure that your doctor is aware of any types of skin infections that you may have before using this cream, to ensure safe use and effective treatment. If your condition shows no improvement, or if you experience symptoms that show it may be a bacterial, viral or fungal infection, contact your doctor when possible.

Long-term use of this medicine can cause side effects that include easy bruising, thinning skin and changes in where your body fat is stored or your shape, particularly around the neck, face, back and waist areas. Additionally, long-term use can also increase facial hair, acne, menstrual problems and cause impotence or a reduced interest in sex. These can be unpleasant but in most cases, are harmless. If you experience any of these symptoms and are concerned, please discuss it with your doctor or pharmacist. Long-term use of this medication is also likely to warrant a blood test. It is important that you maintain regular doctor visits so that they can monitor your progress.

Flurandrenolide is classed as pregnancy category C. This means that its effects on an unborn baby are unknown. Its effects on nursing babies are also unknown, and there is insufficient evidence to show whether it is passed into breast milk. If you are breastfeeding, pregnant or planning to conceive whilst using this medicine, make sure to discuss it with your doctor before your treatment begins.

Storage

This medicine should be kept out of out of the reach of children and vulnerable adults when not in use. It should be stored at room temperature, away from direct heat, freezing, moisture and light.

You should also dispose of it once it reaches its expiry date. If you are unsure of how to dispose of this medicine, contact your doctor or pharmacist for advice.

Summary

Flurandrenolide offers patients fast and effective treatment of skin conditions that can cause discomfort and pain to daily routines. Working to treat conditions such as dermatitis, psoriasis, eczema and rashes or inflammation, it effectively relieves symptoms like redness, itchiness, swelling and general soreness. Commonly used in a dosage form of an ointment, cream or lotion, it can also be used as Flurandrenolide tape, to treat dry or scaling skin lesions.

As this medicine contains steroid, long-term use of it can cause symptoms such as hair loss, thinner skin, easier bruising and impotence or a low libido. Additionally, when used in children for extended periods of time, it can delay their growth. For this reason, it is essential that patients using flurandrenolide for long periods of time maintain regular doctor's appointments. It is also likely that you will need blood tests to monitor the medicine's effectiveness and any side effects. Any patients who have diabetes must also discuss taking this medication and its effects on their condition before starting treatment, as it can increase levels of sugar in the blood or urine.

Side effects tend to be minor with this medication, with the most common ones being skin related such as burning, itching, irritation and dryness of the skin. It is important that patients are careful when applying this medication, and understand how and when it should be applied before their treatment begins. Maintaining a thorough and regular dosing schedule is key to your treatment effectiveness.

As with all forms of this medicine, patients should wash their hands thoroughly before and after its use and avoid getting into any areas that may cause pain or reactions, such as the groin, face, armpits and in between the fingers where the skin is thinner.
Patients must also avoid using this cream anywhere other than where your diagnosed skin condition is. If you believe you have any other skin conditions, make sure to get approval from your doctor before using this cream anywhere else.