Vanos is a prescription medication approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat skin conditions associated with inflammation and itching. Vanos is also known by its drug name, Fluocinonide.
Vanos should not be used by anyone with hypersensitivity to corticosteroids. Vanos should be used with caution in people who have fungal infections, diabetes, osteoporosis, bleeding disorders, or problems with the heart, liver, kidneys, eyes, thyroid, or gastrointestinal system. Vanos may not be suitable for use by pregnant women or women who are breastfeeding.
Vanos is a high-potency corticosteroid. It is believed that Vanos works in cases of psoriasis by suppressing immune system activity.
How do I take it?
Vanos is available as a topical cream, liquid, gel, or ointment. Vanos is applied to the affected areas two to four times a day. Apply Vanos at the same times each day. Wash your hands thoroughly after applying Vanos.
Side effects of Vanos may include painful stinging or burning, itching, redness, cracking, and dryness. These symptoms may ease after a few days when your body becomes accustomed to the drug.
The risk for serious side effects of Vanos or other topical corticosteroids increase with the potency of the drug, prolonged use, use over larger areas of skin, and adding bandages or other covering (occlusion) after applying the medication. Like systematic corticosteroids, serious side effects may include weight gain, mood or vision changes, fatigue, puffy face, trouble sleeping, and, in children, slowed growth.
Notify your doctor if you experience vision problems, swelling of the feet or ankles, increased thirst or urine output, acne, thinning of the skin, new stretch marks, discoloration, unusual hair growth, or infections in the hair follicles (folliculitis) while taking Vanos. Vanos may cause existing skin infections to become worse. Vanos can increase blood sugar levels in those with diabetes.
For answers to frequently asked questions about exposure to topical corticosteroids during pregnancy and breastfeeding, visit the experts at MothertoBaby.org.