Medicines & Supplements A to Z > Fluocinolone


Last updated on 22/03/2021.

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GENERIC NAME: Fluocinolone 


BRAND NAME(S) IN HONG KONG: Lanoform (contains Fluocinolone, Neomycin, and Clotrimazole), Synalar, Synalar-N (contains Fluocinolone and Neomycin), Tri-Luma (contains Fluocinolone, Hydroquinone and Tretinoin)

DRUG CLASS: Corticosteroid / glucocorticoid

USED FOR: Inflammatory skin disorders

OTHER DRUGS IN THE SAME CLASS: Betamethasone, Dexamethasone, Fluticasone, Hydrocortisone, Prednisolone, Prednisone

– 0.005%, 0.0125%, 0.025% (cream)
– 0.03% (ointment)

What is Fluocinolone for?

Fluocinolone belongs to a class of medications called glucocorticoids or steroid hormones like Hydrocortisone. It mainly works by reducing inflammation with a wide range of uses such as treating eczema, melasma, or other severe inflammatory skin disorders. Sometimes the skin inflammation results in infection, so Fluocinolone is often combined with an antibiotic medication (i.e. Neomycin) or an antifungal medication (i.e. Clotrimazole).

How to use it?

In Hong Kong, Fluocinolone is available in creams and ointments for application to the skin. There are different doses/concentrations of Fluocinolone. The potency of Fluocinolone increases with the increased percentage of Fluocinolone in different products.

Fluocinolone is combined with Tretinoin and Hydroquinone in a “triple cream” to whiten the skin of people who have grey-brown skin patches (melasma).

Apply a thin amount of Fluocinolone 1-2 times daily to the affected area as instructed by your doctor. You should use the smallest dose for the shortest duration possible.

What are the side effects of Fluocinolone?

Similar to other corticosteroids, topical Fluocinolone might cause side effects such as dryness, burning sensation, and thinning of skin. It is important to have the correct administration of topical Fluocinolone to avoid the aforementioned side effects.

Who should not take Fluocinolone?

– People allergic to Fluocinolone or any component of the formulation
– Patients with viral, bacterial or fungal skin lesions, parasitic skin infections or acne

Pharmacist Tips:

– Use the smallest amount of cream or ointment for the shortest period of time.
– Apply thinly onto the affected areas. Usually one fingertip unit (from the very end of the finger to the first crease in the finger) of topical steroid (the tube is assumed to have a 5mm nozzle) is enough for a skin area twice the size of an adult’s hand (the flat side) with all fingers together.
– Avoid skin occlusion as it can promote absorption into the body.
– Wash hands before and after application.

Common dosing schedule:
No specific meal schedule requirements.
Do not apply more than twice onto the affected area daily.

This schedule is for reference only, adjustments may be made according to individual needs.

Some common medications Fluocinolone may interact with:
Fluocinolone has no specific drug-drug interactions.

Please notify your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking the above medication, dosage adjustments might be needed.

Where to buy Fluocinolone in Hong Kong?

In Hong Kong, Fluocinolone is a prescription only medicine, and requires a prescription from a doctor to be purchased in a pharmacy. It can also be obtained from doctors. To find a pharmacy near you, refer to the list of pharmacies (“Authorized Sellers of Poisons”) from the Hong Kong Department of Health.

For more information about drug names and ingredients, you can visit Hong Kong’s Drug Office at

Need more information?

For detailed information about the use of Fluocinolone in children, pregnancy and breastfeeding, and for questions about drug interactions, please check with your pharmacist or doctor.

Disclaimer: our goal is to provide you with the most relevant drug information and common dosage for Hong Kong. This information does not constitute medical advice. For specific treatment recommendations and advice, always discuss with your doctor or pharmacist, and follow the instructions included with your specific medicine.