Desonide

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Generic Name: Desonide Brand Name(s): Generics only. No brands available.

Uses

What is Desonide used for?

Desonide is commonly used to treat a variety of skin conditions (e.g., eczema, dermatitis, allergies, rash). Desonide reduces the swelling, itching and redness that can occur in these types of conditions. Desonide is a mild corticosteroid.

How should I take Desonide?

Use this medication only on the skin.

Wash your hands. Before applying the medication, clean and dry the affected area. Apply a thin film of the medication to the affected area and gently rub in, usually 2-3 times daily, or as directed by your doctor. If using the gel, apply the gel usually only 2 times daily. Do not bandage, wrap, or cover the area unless you are instructed to do so by your doctor. If used in the diaper area on an infant, do not use tight-fitting diapers or plastic pants.

After applying the medication, wash and dry your hands, unless you are using this medication to treat the hands. When applying this medication near the eyes, avoid getting it in the eyes because this may worsen or cause glaucoma, or cause irritation. Also, avoid getting this medication in the nose or mouth. If you get this medication in your eyes, nose, or mouth, rinse right away with plenty of water.

Use this medication only for the condition prescribed.

Tell your doctor if your condition persists or worsens after 2 weeks.

How do I store Desonide?

Desonide is best stored at room temperature away from direct light and moisture. To prevent drug damage, you should not store Desonide in the bathroom or the freezer. There may be different brands of Desonide that may have different storage needs. It is important to always check the product package for instructions on storage, or ask your pharmacist. For safety, you should keep all medicines away from children and pets.

You should not flush Desonide down the toilet or pour them into a drain unless instructed to do so. It is important to properly discard this product when it is expired or no longer needed. Consult your pharmacist for more details about how to safely discard your product.

Precautions & warnings

What should I know before using Desonide?

Before using desonide, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to it; or to other corticosteroids (e.g., hydrocortisone, prednisone); or if you have any other allergies. This product may contain inactive ingredients, which can cause allergic reactions or other problems. Talk to your pharmacist for more details.

Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist your medical history, especially of: poor blood circulation, diabetes, immune system problems, other skin conditions (e.g., rosacea, perioral dermatitis).

Do not use if there is an infection or sore in the area to be treated.

Children may be more sensitive to the effects of too much corticosteroid medication. Consult your doctor for more details.

This medication should be used only when clearly needed during pregnancy. Discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor.

It is not known whether this drug passes into breast milk when applied to the skin. Similar medications pass into breast milk when taken by mouth. Consult your doctor before breast-feeding.

Is it safe during pregnancy or breast-feeding?

There are no adequate studies in women for determining risk when using this Desonide during pregnancy or while breastfeeding. Please always consult with your doctor to weigh the potential benefits and risks before taking this Desonide. This Desonide is pregnancy risk category C according to the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

FDA pregnancy risk category reference below:

  • A=No risk,
  • B=No risk in some studies,
  • C=There may be some risk,
  • D=Positive evidence of risk,
  • X=Contraindicated,
  • N=Unknown

Side effects

What side effects can occur from Desonide?

Stinging, burning, itching, irritation, dryness, or redness may occur when first applied to the skin. This should disappear in a few days as your body adjusts to the medication. If any of these effects persist or worsen, notify your doctor or pharmacist promptly.

Remember that your doctor has prescribed this medication because he or she has judged that the benefit to you is greater than the risk of side effects. Many people using this medication do not have serious side effects.

Tell your doctor right away if any of these unlikely but serious side effects occur: stretch marks, skin thinning/discoloration, acne, excessive hair growth, hair bumps (folliculitis).

Skin infections can become worse when using this medication. Notify your doctor promptly if redness, swelling or irritation does not improve.

A very serious allergic reaction to this drug is rare. However, seek immediate medical attention if you notice any symptoms of a serious allergic reaction, including: rash, itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat), severe dizziness, trouble breathing.

Not everyone experiences these side effects. There may be some side effects not listed above. If you have any concerns about a side-effect, please consult your doctor or pharmacist.

Interactions

What drugs may interact with Desonide?

Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist of all prescription and nonprescription/herbal products you may use, especially of: oral corticosteroids (e.g., prednisone), other topical corticosteroids (e.g., hydrocortisone), drugs that suppress the immune system (e.g., cyclosporine).

Desonide may interact with other drugs that you are currently taking, which can change how your drug works or increase your risk for serious side effects. To avoid any potential drug interactions, you should keep a list of all the drugs you are using (including prescription drugs, nonprescription drugs and herbal products) and share it with your doctor and pharmacist. For your safety, do not start, stop, or change the dosage of any drugs without your doctor’s approval.

Does food or alcohol interact with Desonide?

Desonide may interact with food or alcohol by altering the way the drug works or increase the risk for serious side effects. Please discuss with your doctor or pharmacist any potential food or alcohol interactions before using this drug.

What health conditions may interact with Desonide?

Desonide may interact with your health condition. This interaction may worsen your health condition or alter the way the drug works. It is important to always let your doctor and pharmacist know all the health conditions you currently have.

Dosage

The information provided is not a substitute for any medical advice. You should ALWAYS consult with your doctor or pharmacist before using this Desonide.

What is the dose of Desonide for an adult?

Usual Adult Dose for Dermatitis

Cream/ointment: Apply a thin film to the affected areas two to four times per day depending on the severity of the condition

Duration of therapy: 2 weeks

Comments:

-Treatment should be discontinued when control is achieved.

-Reassessment of diagnosis may be needed, if no improvement is observed in two weeks.

-This topical drug should not be used with occlusive dressings.

Use: Relief of the inflammatory and pruritic manifestations of corticosteroid responsive dermatoses

Usual Adult Dose for Eczema

Cream/ointment: Apply a thin film to the affected areas two to four times per day depending on the severity of the condition

Duration of therapy: 2 weeks

Comments:

-Treatment should be discontinued when control is achieved.

-Reassessment of diagnosis may be needed, if no improvement is observed in two weeks.

-This topical drug should not be used with occlusive dressings.

Use: Relief of the inflammatory and pruritic manifestations of corticosteroid responsive dermatoses

Usual Adult Dose for Atopic Dermatitis

Foam, gel: Apply a thin film to the affected areas two times a day and rub in gently.

Duration of therapy: 4 weeks

Comments:

-Treatment should be discontinued when control is achieved.

-Reassessment of diagnosis may be needed, if no improvement is observed in four weeks.

-This topical drug should not be used with occlusive dressings.

Use: Treatment of mild to moderate atopic dermatitis

Other Comments

Administration advice:

-Shake lotion well before using.

-This drug is not for oral, ophthalmic, or intravaginal use.

What is the dose of Desonide for a child?

Usual Pediatric Dose for Atopic Dermatitis

3 months or older:

Foam, gel: Apply a thin film to the affected areas two times a day and rub in gently.

Duration of therapy: 4 weeks

Comments:

-Treatment should be discontinued when control is achieved.

-Reassessment of diagnosis may be needed, if no improvement is observed in four weeks.

-This topical drug should not be used with occlusive dressings.

Use: Treatment of mild to moderate atopic dermatitis

Precautions

Foam/gel: Safety and efficacy have not been established in patients younger than 3 months.

The dosage has not been established in pediatric patients. It may be unsafe for your child. It is always important to fully understand the safety of the drug before using. Please consult with your doctor or pharmacist for more information.

How is Desonide available?

Desonide is available in the following dosage forms and strengths:

  • Topical cream
  • Topical ointment
  • Topical lotion
  • Topical kit
  • Topical gel
  • Topical foam
  • Compounding powder

What should I do in case of an emergency or overdose?

In case of an emergency or an overdose, call your local emergency services or go to your nearest emergency room.

What should I do if I miss a dose?

If you miss a dose of Desonide, take it as soon as possible. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and take your regular dose as scheduled. Do not take a double dose.

Hello Health Group does not provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.

Review Date: January 19, 2018 | Last Modified: January 19, 2018

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