Fludroxycortide Ointment

– discontinued

Prescription only medicine (POM)
60g pack
Always read the label

Fludroxycortide Ointment is a white ointment for use on the skin, no longer available.


Fludroxycortide Ointment contains fludroxycortide, which is a moderately potent corticosteroid. When applied to the skin, it helps reduce redness, swelling and itching.


Fludroxycortide Ointment is used to help treat skin conditions such as eczema and dermatitis of all types, especially when the skin is dry and scaly.

Fludroxycortide Ointment is a Prescription Only Medicine. Prescription-only medicines, must be prescribed by a qualified health professional. This may be a GP, hospital doctor or pharmacist for example.


Active ingredients:

Fludroxycortide 0.0125%. Always read the label

  • white soft paraffin
  • white beeswax
  • cetyl alcohol
  • sorbitan sesquioleate


Like all medicines, corticosteroids, including those applied to the skin can cause side effects, although not everybody gets them. Some patients may have one or more of the following side effects in the area where they apply

  • Burning, itching, irritated or dry skin.
  • Inflammation at the bottom of skin hairs.
  • Excess hair growth.
  • Acne pimples.
  • Pale skin.
  • Dermatitis around the mouth.
  • Allergic contact dermatitis.
  • Limp, flabby or thin skin where the ointment was.
  • Skin softening.
  • Skin infections may get worse
  • Red spots or lines on the skin.
  • Blood vessels in the skin become visible.

Infected wounds may take longer to heal. The amount of sugar in your blood and urine may change or some of your hormones may be affected causing weight gain, menstrual irregularities and hair growth. These effects are very rare. Some steroids are known to affect certain hormones. If your doctor thinks you need to be treated for longer periods of time, they may arrange for you to have hormone tests. If the ointment is affecting your hormones, your doctor may tell you to stop using it. Then your hormones should return to normal. Children treated with topical steroids have rarely had high fluid pressure in their skulls. This has caused headaches and swelling.


Adverse events and precautions
All medicines cause adverse events and should not be used in certain circumstances and by certain people with certain health issues. Please see the Patient Information Leaflet within Documentation Section above.

Adverse events

Reporting suspected adverse reactions after authorisation of the medicinal product is important. It allows continued monitoring of the benefit/risk balance of the medicinal product. Patients and  Healthcare professionals are asked to report any suspected adverse reactions 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.

Adverse events should also be reported to Typharm on 02037 694160.