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Desocort (Desonide) belongs to the group of medications known as topical corticosteroids. It is used to treat various skin conditions, including rashes.
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Desocort (Desonide) belongs to the group of medications known as topical corticosteroids. It is used to treat various skin conditions, including rashes. It works by reducing inflammation and itching.
Desocort (Desonide) may be available under multiple brand names and/or in several different forms. Any specific brand name of Desocort (Desonide) may not be available in all of the forms or approved for all of the conditions discussed here. As well, some forms of Desocort (Desonide) may not be used for all of the conditions discussed here.
Your doctor may have suggested Desocort (Desonide) for conditions other than those listed in these drug information articles. If you have not discussed this with your doctor or are not sure why you are being given Desocort (Desonide), speak to your doctor. Do not stop using Desocort (Desonide) without consulting your doctor.
Do not give Desocort (Desonide) to anyone else, even if they have the same symptoms as you do. It can be harmful for people to use Desocort (Desonide) if their doctor has not prescribed it.
The usual recommended dose of Desocort (Desonide) is 2 or 3 daily applications rubbed gently onto the affected area, or use as directed by your doctor.
Shake the lotion form of Desocort (Desonide) well before applying it.
For treatment of certain conditions (e.g., psoriasis), your doctor may advise you to cover the area being treated with an occlusive dressing (a dressing that doesn't breathe), such as plastic wrap, for more effective treatment. If your doctor has not suggested this, do not cover the area as this may cause unwanted effects. If an infection occurs in this area, remove the dressing and call your doctor as soon as possible.
Do not apply Desocort (Desonide) in or near the eyes.
Many things can affect the dose of medication that a person needs, such as body weight, other medical conditions, and other medications. If your doctor has recommended a dose different from the suggestion above, do not change the way that you are using the medication without consulting your doctor.
It is important to use Desocort (Desonide) exactly as prescribed by your doctor. If you miss a dose, apply it as soon as possible and continue with your regular schedule. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and continue with your regular dosing schedule. Do not apply a double dose to make up for a missed one. If you are not sure what to do after missing a dose, contact your doctor or pharmacist for advice.
Store Desocort (Desonide) at room temperature and keep it out of the reach of children.
Do not dispose of medications in wastewater (e.g. down the sink or in the toilet) or in household garbage. Ask your pharmacist how to dispose of medications that are no longer needed or have expired.
Many medications can cause side effects. A side effect is an unwanted response to a medication when it is taken in normal doses. Side effects can be mild or severe, temporary or permanent. The side effects listed below are not experienced by everyone who takes Desocort (Desonide). If you are concerned about side effects, discuss the risks and benefits of Desocort (Desonide) with your doctor.
The following side effects have been reported by at least 1% of people taking Desocort (Desonide). Many of these side effects can be managed, and some may go away on their own over time.
Contact your doctor if you experience these side effects and they are severe or bothersome. Your pharmacist may be able to advise you on managing side effects.
Although most of the side effects listed below don't happen very often, they could lead to serious problems if you do not check with your doctor or seek medical attention.
Check with your doctor as soon as possible if any of the following side effects occur:
Additional side effects may occur if Desocort (Desonide) is used for long periods of time. Check with your doctor as soon as possible if any of the following side effects occur:
Some people may experience side effects other than those listed. Check with your doctor if you notice any symptom that worries you while you are taking Desocort (Desonide).
Each bottle contains Desocort (Desonide) 0.05% in a water base lotion. Nonmedicinal ingredients: cetyl alcohol, glyceryl stearate SE, methyl paraben, mineral oil, propyl paraben, propylene glycol, purified water, sodium lauryl sulfate, sorbitan monostearate, stearyl alcohol, and tetrasodium EDTA. May contain sodium hydroxide and/or citric acid to adjust pH.
Each tube contains Desocort (Desonide) 0.05%. Nonmedicinal ingredients: mineral oil and polyethylene.
Do not take Desocort (Desonide) if you:
There may be an interaction between Desocort (Desonide) and any of the following:
If you are taking any of these medications, speak with your doctor or pharmacist. Depending on your specific circumstances, your doctor may want you to:
An interaction between two medications does not always mean that you must stop taking one of them. Speak to your doctor about how any drug interactions are being managed or should be managed.
Medications other than those listed above may interact with Desocort (Desonide). Tell your doctor or prescriber about all prescription, over-the-counter (non-prescription), and herbal medications you are taking. Also tell them about any supplements you take. Since caffeine, alcohol, the Nicotine from cigarettes, or street drugs can affect the action of many medications, you should let your prescriber know if you use them.
Before you begin using a medication, be sure to inform your doctor of any medical conditions or Allergies you may have, any medications you are taking, whether you are pregnant or breast-feeding, and any other significant facts about your health. These factors may affect how you should apply Desocort (Desonide).
Tell all health professionals involved in your care that you have been using topical (skin-applied) corticosteroids.
Absorption: When Desocort (Desonide) is used over large areas for prolonged periods and under dressings that don't breathe, it is possible that enough medication will absorb into the bloodstream to cause unwanted side effects. Therefore, it is advisable to use Desocort (Desonide) for brief periods only and to stop using it as soon as the problem clears.
Infection: Corticosteroids, such as Desocort (Desonide), that are applied to the skin may increase the risk of developing a skin infection. Contact your doctor if you notice any increased redness, swelling, heat, or pain around the area where the medication is applied, as these are possible signs of infection.
Pregnancy: Desocort (Desonide) should not be used during pregnancy unless the benefits outweigh the risks. Topical corticosteroids should not be used by pregnant women over large areas of the body, in large amounts, or for prolonged periods of time. If you become pregnant while using Desocort (Desonide), contact your doctor immediately.
Breast-feeding: It is not known if Desocort (Desonide) passes into breast milk. If you are a breast-feeding mother and are using Desocort (Desonide), it may affect your baby. Talk to your doctor about whether you should continue breast-feeding.
Children: Children may be more likely to experience the side effects when using Desocort (Desonide). The use of Desocort (Desonide) by children should be limited to the smallest amount that will be effective. Discuss with your doctor the risks and benefits of the use of Desocort (Desonide) by children.
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