Desonide CreamGeneric Name:
Desonide (DES-oh-nide)Brand Name:
Examples include DesOwen and Tridesilon
Desonide Cream is used for:
Treating mild to moderate itching, redness, and swelling caused by certain skin conditions.
Desonide Cream is a topical corticosteroid. It works by reducing skin inflammation (redness, swelling, itching, and irritation).
Do NOT use Desonide Cream if:
- you are allergic to any ingredient in Desonide Cream
Contact your doctor or health care provider right away if any of these apply to you.
Before using Desonide Cream:
Some medical conditions may interact with Desonide Cream. Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have any medical conditions, especially if any of the following apply to you:
- if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding
- if you are taking any prescription or nonprescription medicine, herbal preparation, or dietary supplement
- if you have allergies to medicines, foods, or other substances
- if you have any kind of skin infection, cuts, scrapes, or lessened blood flow to your skin
- if you have measles, tuberculosis (TB), chickenpox, shingles, or a positive TB skin test, or if you have recently had a vaccination
- if you are taking an oral corticosteroid (eg, prednisone)
Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with Desonide Cream. Because little, if any, of Desonide Cream is absorbed into the blood, the risk of it interacting with another medicine is low.
Ask your health care provider if Desonide Cream may interact with other medicines that you take. Check with your health care provider before you start, stop, or change the dose of any medicine.
How to use Desonide Cream:
Use Desonide Cream as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.
- Apply a thin film of Desonide Cream to the affected area(s) as directed by your doctor. Gently rub the medicine in until it is evenly distributed.
- Wash your hands immediately after applying Desonide Cream, unless your hands are part of the treated area.
- Do not cover the treated area(s) with bandages or other dressings unless advised to do so by your health care provider.
- If you miss a dose of Desonide Cream, use it as soon as possible. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not use 2 doses at once.
Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use Desonide Cream.
Important safety information:
- Desonide Cream is for external use only. Do not get it in your eyes, nose, or mouth. If you get it in any of these areas, flush right away with cool tap water.
- Do NOT use more than the recommended dose or use for longer than prescribed without checking with your doctor.
- Talk with your doctor before you use any other medicines or cleansers on your skin.
- Do not apply Desonide Cream over large areas of the body, to open wounds, or to scraped, infected, or burned skin without first checking with your doctor.
- Do not use Desonide Cream for other skin conditions at a later time.
- Overuse of topical products may worsen your condition.
- If Desonide Cream was prescribed to treat the diaper area of a child, avoid using tight-fitting diapers or plastic pants.
- Check with your doctor before you receive any vaccine while you are using Desonide Cream.
- Desonide Cream has a corticosteroid in it. Before you start any new medicine, check the label to see if it has a corticosteroid in it too. If it does or you are not sure, check with your doctor or pharmacist.
- Tell your doctor or dentist that you take Desonide Cream before you receive any medical or dental care, emergency care, or surgery.
- Contact your doctor if you have a cut or sore that does not heal.
- Serious side effects may occur if too much of Desonide Cream is absorbed through the skin. This may be more likely to occur if you use Desonide Cream over a larger area of the body. It may also be more likely if you wrap or bandage the area after you apply Desonide Cream. The risk is greater in children. Do not use more than the prescribed dose. Contact your doctor right away if you develop unusual weight gain (especially in the face), muscle weakness, increased thirst or urination, confusion, unusual drowsiness, severe or persistent headache, or vision changes. Discuss any questions or concerns with your doctor.
- Corticosteroids may affect growth rate in CHILDREN and teenagers in some cases. They may need regular growth checks while they use Desonide Cream.
- PREGNANCY and BREAST-FEEDING: If you become pregnant, contact your doctor. You will need to discuss the benefits and risks of using Desonide Cream while you are pregnant. It is not known if Desonide Cream is found in breast milk after topical use. If you are or will be breast-feeding while you use Desonide Cream, check with your doctor. Discuss any possible risks to your baby.
Possible side effects of Desonide Cream:
All medicines may cause side effects, but many people have no, or minor, side effects. Check with your doctor if any of these most COMMON side effects persist or become bothersome:
Mild, temporary stinging or burning when first applied.Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur:
Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue); acne-like rash; inflamed hair follicles; inflammation around the mouth; severe or persistent burning, irritation, redness, or swelling of the skin; thinning, softening, or discoloration of the skin.
This is not a complete list of all side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, contact your health care provider. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088. You may also report side effects at http://www.fda.gov/medwatch.
If OVERDOSE is suspected:
Contact 1-800-222-1222 (the American Association of Poison Control Centers), your local poison control center (http://www.aapcc.org), or emergency room immediately. Symptoms may include blurred vision or other vision changes; muscle weakness; severe or persistent headache; symptoms of high blood sugar (eg, increased thirst or urination, confusion, unusual drowsiness); unusual weight gain, especially in the face.Proper storage of Desonide Cream:
Store Desonide Cream at room temperature, between 59 and 86 degrees F (15 and 30 degrees C). Store in a tightly closed container. Do not freeze. Store away from heat, moisture, and light. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep Desonide Cream out of the reach of children and away from pets.
- If you have any questions about Desonide Cream, please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
- Desonide Cream is to be used only by the patient for whom it is prescribed. Do not share it with other people.
- If your symptoms do not improve or if they become worse, check with your doctor.
This information is a summary only. It does not contain all information about Desonide Cream. If you have questions about the medicine you are taking or would like more information, check with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
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