Generic name: Fluocinonide.

Other brand names: FAPG, Lidex-E, Cream, Fluonex Cream.

Lidex is an adrenocorticosteroid hormone. It interferes with the natural body mechanisms that produce rash, itching, or inflammation. 

Quick Facts About Lidex


Used to treat inflammatory and itchy symptoms of skin disorders.

Lidex Dosage

Use only on the skin; keep out of eyes. Bandage treated areas only under the direction of your doctor. Do not use more than or longer than prescribed dose.

  • Usual adult dose: apply thin film to affected areas 2 to 4 times per day.
  • Usual child dose: apply smallest effective dose.
  • Missed dose:  apply as soon as possible, unless almost time for next dose. In that case, do not apply missed dose, go back to regular schedule.

Lidex Side Effects

Overdose symptoms (of steroid medications):

abnormal sugar levels in Urine; excessive blood sugar levels; symptoms of Cushing’s syndrome (easily bruised skin, increased blood pressure, mood swings, water retention, weak muscles, weight gain). Lidex absorbed in large amounts can temporarily affect the adrenal, hypothalamic, and pituitary glands. If you suspect an overdose, immediately seek medical attention.

Side effects: acne-like eruptions, burning, dryness, excessive hair growth, infection of skin, irritation, itching, lack of skin color, prickly heat, skin inflammation from contact with watch band, skin loss, stretch marks.

No known less common or rare Lidex side effects.


No Lidex drug interactions reported.

No known food/other substance interactions. 

Special Cautions

If pregnant or planning to become pregnant, inform your doctor immediately. Pregnant women should not use large amounts for prolonged periods of time. Steroids do appear in breast milk.

No special precautions apply to seniors.

Follow doctor’s instructions carefully for children.

  • Should not use plastic pants or diapers if Lidex is applied to diaper area. Children may absorb greater amount of this medication and experience such effects as: bulges on the head, delayed weight gain, headache, slow growth.
  • Should not use if allergic to Lidex.
  • Doctor will stop Lidex therapy and prescribe another treatment if irritation develops.
  • Long-term treatment can cause skin to waste away in the short term, on the face and areas of the body that bend.

Note: provides accurate and independent information prescription pills, over-the-counter medicines and natural products. This material is provided for educational purposes only and is not intended for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. If you have questions about  dosage, or Lidex side effects, please contact your healthcare provider.