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Medicated Cutivate Ointment is applied to the skin twice daily to help relieve symptoms of psoriasis, dermatitis, and other inflammatory skin conditions. Most people have no problems with this product; however, side effects can include burning and redness. As a steroid, this ointment works by reducing inflammation and suppressing the immune system.

What Is Cutivate Ointment?

Cutivate Ointment® (fluticasone propionate ointment) is a prescription skin medication. It is a topical steroid that is used to treat a wide variety of skin conditions, such as eczema, psoriasis, dermatitis, and allergic reactions.
(Click Cutivate Ointment Uses for more information on this topic, including possible off-label uses.)

Who Makes Cutivate Ointment?

Brand-name Cutivate Ointment is made by PharmaDerm.

How Does It Work?

Cutivate Ointment is part of a group of medications known as glucocorticoids. Glucocorticoids are a type of corticosteroid, or "steroid," for short. Although glucocorticoids have numerous effects in the body, they are used mostly for their anti-inflammatory or immune-suppressing properties. Cutivate Ointment works for most conditions by decreasing inflammation or suppressing an overactive immune system.

When and How to Use Cutivate Ointment

Some general considerations to keep in mind during treatment with Cutivate Ointment include the following:
  • This medication is usually applied to the affected area(s) twice a day. 
  • Apply the medication sparingly and gently rub in. More is not better. Only a thin film is necessary. 
  • Do not cover the medication with a dressing or bandage, as this increases the risk of side effects. 
  • For Cutivate Ointment to work properly, it must be used as prescribed.
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