Send to

Choose Destination
See comment in PubMed Commons below
J Pediatr. 2006 Sep;149(3):378-82.

Topical fluticasone propionate lotion does not cause HPA axis suppression.

Author information

  • 1Department of Dermatology, University of Texas-Houston Medical School, 6655 Travis Street, Houston, TX 77030, USA.



To establish the absence of adrenal suppression of fluticasone propionate (FP) 0.05% lotion when applied extensively to children (3 months to 6 years), with moderate to severe atopic dermatitis (AD).


Open-label, conducted at 6 US centers; 44 subjects (3 to 71 months) with widespread AD (mean body surface area treated, 65%) received FP lotion twice daily for up to 4 weeks.


No significant differences in mean cortisol levels were detected before or after treatment. At baseline, mean (+/-standard deviation) cortisols before and after cosyntropin (CST) stimulation were 13 +/- 6 microg/dL and 35 +/- 6 microg/dL, respectively. End-treatment, pre-CST, and post-CST cortisols were 12 +/- 6 microg/dL and 33 +/- 8 microg/dL, respectively. All 42 subjects with end-treatment post-CST cortisols demonstrated a normal adrenal response to CST (>18.0 microg/dL). FP lotion was well tolerated. Subjects who had blood drawn for bioavailability showed no correlation between FP levels and end-treatment post-CST cortisols.


In patients as young as 3 months, FP lotion had no effect on HPA axis function and did not cause skin thinning even when used extensively over widespread, severe inflammatory disease. These results, together with others from studies using cream and ointment, provide further evidence of the safety of FP.

[PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]
PubMed Commons home

PubMed Commons

How to join PubMed Commons

    Supplemental Content

    Full text links

    Icon for Elsevier Science
    Loading ...
    Support Center