Generic Name: desonide, Topical cream

DesOwen,Tridesilon

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  • DesOwen
  • Tridesilon
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Highlights for desonide

Topical cream
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DESONIDE (DES oh nide) is a corticosteroid. It is used to treat skin problems that may cause itching, redness, and swelling.
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This drug also comes in other forms, including Topical ointmentTopical gelTopical lotionTopical foam
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Talk to your healthcare provider if you have any of these conditions.
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Know what to watch for and get tips for reducing your risks while taking this drug.
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desonide Side Effects

Topical cream

Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible:

  • allergic reactions like skin rash, itching or hives, swelling of the face, lips, or tongue
  • lack of healing of the skin condition
  • painful, red, pus filled blisters in hair follicles
  • thinning of the skin with easy bruising

Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):

  • burning, irritation of the skin
  • increased redness or scaling of the skin
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desonide May Interact with Other Medications

Topical cream

Interactions are not expected. Do not use any other skin products on the treated area without asking your doctor or health care professional.

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How to Use desonide

Topical cream

This medicine is for external use only. Do not take by mouth. Follow the directions on the prescription label. Wash your hands before and after use. Apply a thin film of medicine to the affected area. Do not cover with a bandage or dressing unless your doctor or health care professional tells you to. Do not use on healthy skin or over large areas of skin. Do not get this medicine in your eyes. If you do, rinse out with plenty of cool tap water. It is important not to use more medicine than prescribed. Do not use your medicine more often than directed.

Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. Special care may be needed.

Elderly patients are more likely to have damaged skin through aging, and this may increase side effects. This medicine should only be used for brief periods and infrequently in older patients.

What should I tell my health care provider before I take this medicine?

They need to know if you have any of these conditions:

  • any active infection
  • lack of healing of skin condition
  • large areas of burned or damaged skin
  • skin wasting or thinning
  • an unusual or allergic reaction to desonide, corticosteroids, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
  • pregnant or trying to get pregnant
  • breast-feeding
What if I miss a dose?

If you miss a dose, use it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, use only that dose. Do not use double or extra doses.

What should I watch for while using this medicine?

Tell your doctor or health care professional if your symptoms do not start to get better within one week. Tell your doctor or health care professional if you are exposed to anyone with measles or chickenpox, or if you develop sores or blisters that do not heal properly.

Where should I keep my medicine?

Keep out of the reach of children.

Store between 2 and 30 degrees C (36 and 86 degrees F) away from heat and direct light. Do not freeze. Throw away any unused medicine after the expiration date.

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