Cyclocort Cream (Amcinonide)

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Amcinonide Cream 0.1%

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Cyclocort (Amcinonide) Dosage and Side Effects

CYCLOCORT is used to help relieve the redness and itchiness of certain skin problems.

Proper Use of this medication

Use the minimum quantity of CYCLOCORT for the shortest amount of time necessary to achieve the desired results. This is especially important if you are 65 years or older or have liver or kidney disease.

Check with your doctor or pharmacist if you are not sure.

CYCLOCORT is for use on the skin only. It is NOT for use in the eyes or on other mucous membranes.

Usual dose:

Apply a thin film to the affected areas once or twice a day. The number of times you use your medicine may be reduced as your skin gets better or your doctor may prescribe a weaker steroid for you to use instead.

Use for a maximum of:

  • 5 days on the face, scalp, skin-fold areas like the armpit and groin.

  • 2-3 weeks on the body. If your condition worsens or no improvement is seen within 2 weeks, contact your doctor.

It is important to not stop using CYCLOCORT suddenly or your skin condition could flare up again.

Use CYCLOCORT only as directed by your health care provider. Do NOT use more of it, do NOT use it more often and do NOT use it for a longer period of time than your health care provider recommended. Using too much CYCLOCORT may increase your chances of unwanted and sometimes dangerous side effects.

This medication has been prescribed specifically for you. Do NOT give it to anyone else. It may harm them, even if their symptoms seem to be similar to yours.

How to Apply CYCLOCORT:

  • Apply a thin layer and gently rub in, using only enough to cover the entire affected area.

  • Wash your hands after use unless treating the hands.

  • Excess product should not be returned to the container, since it may cause contamination.

  • If you are also using an emollient (moisturising) preparation allow time for CYCLOCORT to be absorbed after each application before applying the emollient.

  • Your doctor may recommend using a moisturizer as maintenance therapy.

  • Do not use occlusive dressings such as a bandage, or cover the treated areas tightly.

CYCLOCORT Lotion should be shaken before use.

Missed dose:

If you forget to use CYCLOCORT, apply it as soon as you remember. If it is close to the time scheduled to apply your next dose, wait and apply your next scheduled dose and then continue as before. Do not apply extra CYCLOCORT to make up for missed doses.

Side Effects

Like all medicines CYCLOCORT can have side effects although not everybody gets them. Side effects will affect your skin and may have an effect on other parts of your body if a sufficient quantity of medicine is absorbed through the skin and enters your blood stream.

If your skin condition gets worse or your skin becomes swollen during treatment. You may be allergic to the medicine or need other treatment. Stop using CYCLOCORT and tell your doctor as soon as possible.

The following side effects have been reported in patients using topical corticosteroids:

Common side effects:

  • itchy skin

  • local skin burning or pain

Very rare side effects:

Use of CYCLOCORT for a long period of time, over a large body surface, or use under an airtight dressing, may cause the following symptoms:

  • increased weight

  • moon face/rounding of the face, obesity

  • skin thinning (this may cause stretch marks), skin wrinkling, skin dryness, the appearance of blood vessels under the surface of your skin (telangiectasia), changes to the colour of your skin, skin infection

  • increased body hair, hair loss/lack of hair growth/damaged looking hair

  • allergic reaction, irritation, itching or pain at the site of application

  • inflammation of hair follicles

  • worsening of condition

  • redness, rash or hives

  • secondary infection

  • allergic contact dermatitis/dermatitis (a type of eczema)

  • upper abdominal pain

  • prickly heat rash

  • steroid withdrawal syndrome (symptoms may include weight loss, fatigue, nausea, diarrhea and abdominal pain)

  • acne

If you have psoriasis you may get raised bumps with pus under the skin. This can happen very rarely during or after treatment and is known as pustular psoriasis.

Other symptoms that may only show in blood tests or when your doctor gives you a medical examination are: decreased hormone cortisol levels in your blood, increased sugar levels in your blood or urine, high blood pressure, cloudy lens in the eye (cataract), increased pressure in the eye (glaucoma), as well as weakening of the bones through gradual mineral loss (osteoporosis) and additional tests may be needed after your medical examination to confirm whether you have osteoporosis.

Warnings and Precautions

Apply just enough CYCLOCORT to cover the affected areas. CYCLOCORT can get into the blood and cause side effects.

Always follow your doctor’s instructions.

Do NOT use CYCLOCORT with occlusive dressings such as a bandage, or cover the treated areas tightly.

CYCLOCORT is more likely to cause side effects when used:

  • over large areas

  • on sensitive areas such as the face, scalp, skin fold areas like the armpit and groin

  • on broken skin

  • for a long time

Inform any doctor you consult that you are using or you have previously used corticosteroids.

Before using CYCLOCORT, talk to your doctor or pharmacist if:

  • you are pregnant or planning to become pregnant.

  • you are breastfeeding. It is not known if CYCLOCORT will appear in breast milk. You should only use CYCLOCORT while breastfeeding if you and your doctor decide that the benefits to the mother outweigh the risks to the baby. If you do use CYCLOCORT when breastfeeding, do not use on your breast area to ensure that the baby does not accidentally get it in their mouth. If CYCLOCORT is used on large areas of body, you should stop breastfeeding.

  • you have inflammatory skin diseases in the leg as a result of impaired circulation (such as stasis dermatitis).

  • you have problems with your kidney or liver. You may need to use a smaller amount of CYCLOCORT or use it less often.

  • you have any skin disease around a leg ulcer; use of a topical corticosteroid may increase the risk of an allergic reaction or an infection around the ulcer.

While using CYCLOCORT, talk to your doctor or pharmacist if:

  • you develop any skin infection

  • you have an allergic reaction

  • you develop significant skin irritation

  • you experience skin thinning or softening

  • your condition worsens or does not improve

  • you develop raised bumps with pus under the skin

CYCLOCORT should be used with caution on the scalp, face or in skin fold areas, such as the groin or the armpit since these areas are more prone to skin thinning.

Avoid applying CYCLOCORT in or near the eye, or other mucous membranes. In case of contact, wash with water. Absorption in the body may cause increased pressure in the eye (glaucoma), or a cloudy lens in the eye (cataracts).

Children absorb larger amounts of topical corticosteroids and therefore, may be more likely to develop side effects. CYCLOCORT is not recommended for use in children under 18 years of age.

Interactions with this medication

It is NOT known whether CYCLOCORT interacts with other medication. Some medicines may affect how CYCLOCORT works, or make it more likely that you’ll have side effects. Examples of these medicines include:

  • Ritonavir (for HIV)

  • Itraconazole (for fungal infections)

Tell your doctor or pharmacist about all your other medications, including medicines that you bought without prescription and natural health products.

Treatment with CYCLOCORT in the genital or anal area with the simultaneous use of latex products (e.g. condoms, diaphragms) can result in reduction in the reliability and therefore impairment of the safety of these products.

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The above information is an educational aid only. It is not intended as medical advice for individual conditions or treatments. Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before following any medical regimen to see if it is safe and effective for you.

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