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No generic medication is available for Cutivate Ointment (Fluticasone Propionate)
What Cutivate Ointment is and what it is used for
Cutivate contains a medicine called fluticasone propionate. It belongs to a group of medicines called steroids. It helps to reduce swelling and irritation. Cutivate is used to help reduce the redness and itchiness of certain skin problems.
• For adults these skin problems include eczema, psoriasis, dermatitis, insect bites or ‘prickly heat’.
• For infants and children it is used for dermatitis that has not responded to milder steroid creams or ointments, following doctors advice.
How to take Cutivate Ointment
Always use this medicine exactly as your doctor has told you. Check with your doctor or pharmacist if you are not sure. Using this medicine
• Apply a thin layer of Cutivate up to 2 times a day. This may be reduced as your skin begins to get better.
• This cream is for use on your skin only.
• Do not use on large areas of the body for a long time (such as every day for many weeks or months)
•unless your doctor tells you to.
• The germs that cause infections like warm and moist conditions under dressings so always clean the skin before a fresh dressing is put on.
• If you are applying the cream on someone else make sure you wash your hands after use or wear disposable plastic gloves.
• If your skin problem does not improve, talk to your doctor. Guidance on how to apply the cream 1 Wash your hands. 2 Apply a thin layer to the affected area(s) and gently rub into the skin until it has all disappeared. You can measure how much Cutivate to use with your fingertip. For children you will need to use less cream but still use an adult finger to measure out the fingertip unit. This picture shows one fingertip unit. [Pictogram of 1 fingertip unit] 3 Unless you are meant to apply the cream to your hands as a part of the treatment, wash them again after using the cream. For an adult [Pictogram of an adult with fingertip units to be used as per text below with arrows pointing to relevant body part] Face and neck: 2 ½ fingertip units. Back: 7 fingertip units. Front: 7 fingertip units. One arm (not including the hand): 3 fingertip units. Both sides of one hand: 1 fingertip unit. One leg (not including the foot): 6 fingertip units One foot: 2 fingertip units. Do not worry if you find you need a little more or less than this. It is only a rough guide. For a child Number of fingertip units needed Child’s age Face and neck Arm and hand Leg and foot Front Back including buttocks 3-6 months 1 1 1 ½ 1 1 ½ 1-2 years 1 ½ 1 ½ 2 2 3 3-5 years 1 ½ 2 3 3 3 ½ 6-10 years 2 2 ½ 4 ½ 3 ½ 5
• Do not use it on infants under 3 months of age.
• A doctor will provide expert advice on treating your child’s skin problem.
• If the child’s skin problem does not improve in 7 to 14 days, talk to your doctor.
• It should not be used every day for more than 4 weeks. If you apply Cutivate to your face You should only apply the cream to your face if your doctor tells you to. The cream should not be used for too long as the skin on your face thins easily. Do not let the cream get into your eyes. If you use more Cutivate than you should If, by mistake on a few occasions you use more than you should, do not worry. If you apply a lot or if a lot is accidentally swallowed, it could make you ill. Talk to your doctor or go to hospital as soon as possible. If you forget to use Cutivate If you forget to apply your cream, apply it as soon as you remember. If it is close to the time you are next meant to apply it, wait until this time. If you stop using Cutivate If you use Cutivate regularly make sure you talk to your doctor before you stop using it. If you have any further questions on the use of this medicine, ask your doctor or pharmacist.
Possible side effects
Like all medicines, this medicine can cause side effects, although not everybody gets them. Stop using Cutivate and tell your doctor as soon as possible if:
• you find that your skin problem gets worse or becomes swollen during treatment. You may be allergic to the cream, have an infection or need other treatment.
Other side effects you may notice when using Cutivate include:
Common (may affect up to 1 in 10 people)
• Irritation or itching.
Uncommon (may affect up to 1 in 100 people)
• A feeling of burning where the cream is applied.
Very rare (may affect up to 1 in 10,000 people)
• If you have psoriasis you may get raised bumps with pus under the skin. This can happen during or after the treatment and is known as pustular psoriasis.
• Worsening of condition
• Rash or hives
• Stretch marks may develop
• Blood vessels under the surface of your skin may become more noticeable
• Changes to the colour of your skin
• Increased body hair
• Skin thinning
• Skin wrinkling
• Skin dryness
• Weight gain and rounding of the face
• Obesity In children, also look out for the following symptoms:
• Delayed weight gain
• Slow growth
Very rare side effects that may show up in blood tests or when your doctor gives you a medical examination:
• A decrease in the level of the hormone cortisol in your blood
• Increased levels of sugar in your blood or sugar in the urine
• High blood pressure
• Cloudy lens in the eye (cataract)
• Increased pressure in the eye (glaucoma)
• Weakening of the bones through gradual loss of mineral (osteoporosis); additional tests may be needed after your medical examination to confirm if you have this condition Not Known (frequency cannot be estimated from the available data)
• Blurred vision
Reporting of side effects If you get any side effects, talk to your doctor, pharmacist or nurse. This includes any possible side effects not listed in this leaflet. You can also report side effects directly via the Yellow Card Scheme at: www.mhra.gov.uk/yellowcard or search for MHRA Yellow Card in the Google Play or Apple App Store. By reporting side effects you can help provide more information on the safety of this medicine.
How to Store Cutivate Ointment
Keep this medicine out of the sight and reach of children.
• Do not use this medicine after the expiry date which is stated on the tube or carton after EXP. The expiry date refers to the last day of that month.
• Do not store above 30°C.
• Do not throw away medicines via wastewater or household waste. Ask your pharmacist how to throw away medicines you no longer use. These measures will help to protect the environment.
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