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Lidex Cream vs. Triamcinolone

Fluocinonide vs Triamcinolone Acetonide

Some corticosteroids are considered powerful remedies for skin disorders. Among those corticosteroids, fluocinonide and triamcinolone acetonide are considered two popular super-high-potency corticosteroids that have been widely used as remedies for various skin diseases. Fluocinonide, which is available at pharmacies as lidex cream, is considered a powerful remedy for such conditions as eczema, psoriasis, rash, allergies, and seborrheic dermatitis. Triamcinolone acetonide is the active ingredient of skin care cream used to treat inflammation and severe itching. Both remedies are similarly powerful in treating skin problems, but they may also cause side effects and may not be suitable for people with specific medical condition. Be sure to understand the characteristics of lidex cream vs. triamcinolone and always consult your doctor before using them to make sure that you choose the right remedy for your skin condition.

Possible Side Effects

Topical corticosteroids, which are the active ingredients of both creams, may cause side effects when applied to the skin surface. The side effects that both fluocinonide and triamcinolone acetonide cause to the surface of the skin are relatively the same. Improper use, prolonged use and even normal use of both corticosteroids on the skin surface may cause skin atrophy (thinning), itching, burning, and dryness. If the creams are used to treat skin problem on the scalp, they may cause folliculitis or hair follicle inflammation and hypertrichosis or increased amount of hair.

More systemic effects may occur if the active ingredients of both creams are absorbed by the body. Absorption is inevitable because that is the way the creams work. They treat skin problems from beneath the skin. The systemic effects that may occur when both creams used are also the same. When used for a long period of time, they may cause such unwanted effects as Cushing’s syndrome, hypothalamic pituitary adrenal (HPA) axis suppression, and hyperglycemia.

Effects on Pregnant and Breastfeeding Women

Both creams are not recommended for use by pregnant and breastfeeding women. When their active ingredient is absorbed by the body, they may cause harm to the fetus and the baby. However, because the harm is not very serious, it is always possible for them to use the cream, provided that they have consulted a doctor who confirms that the advantages of using those creams outweigh the disadvantages that both creams cause. The study of triamcinolone’s effects to pregnant and breastfeeding women is, however, not yet conclusive. Therefore, consulting a doctor is always the right way to do before using the cream.


In general, both fluocinonide and triamcinolone acetonide are powerful remedies for various skin disorders. Both may also cause similar side effects; however, the effects that they may cause are relatively mild and infrequent. When your doctor recommends you use either cream, she may tell you that there are side effects that may occur and you can ignore them as long as they are still bearable. You should consult your doctor, though, if the symptoms become severe or there are systemic effects that threaten your health or your life or that of your baby.

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