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Desonide cream

Pronunciation

Generic Name: desonide (DES-oh-nide)
Brand Name: DesOwen Cream Kit

Desonide cream is used for:

Relieving inflammation and itching caused by certain skin conditions.

Desonide cream is kit that contains a topical corticosteroid and a moisturizing lotion. The corticosteroid reduces skin inflammation. The moisturizing lotion helps to moisturize the skin.

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.

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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 a skin infection, thinning of the skin, tuberculosis (TB), measles, chickenpox, shingles, or a positive TB skin test, or have recently had a vaccination
  • if you are taking an oral corticosteroid (eg, prednisone)

Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with desonide cream. However, no specific interactions with desonide cream are known at this time.

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.

  • To use the corticosteroid cream: Apply a small amount of medicine to the affected area(s) as directed by your doctor. Gently rub the medicine in until it is evenly distributed.
  • Wash your hands right away 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.
  • To use the moisturizing lotion: Apply as often as needed to help prevent dry skin.
  • 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, rinse 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.
  • If your symptoms do not improve within 2 weeks or if they get worse, check with your doctor.
  • Do not apply desonide cream to the groin or diaper area unless your doctor tells you otherwise. If desonide cream is applied to the groin or diaper area, apply a very small amount and do not use tight-fitting undergarments or plastic pants.
  • Contact your doctor if you have a cut or sore that does not heal.
  • Check with your doctor before you have any vaccines while you are using desonide cream.
  • Do not apply desonide cream over large areas of the body without first checking with your doctor.
  • Do not use other medicines or products on your skin without first checking with your doctor.
  • Overuse of topical products may worsen your condition.
  • Do not use desonide cream for other skin conditions at a later time.
  • Desonide cream is a corticosteroid. Before you start any new medicine, check the label to see if it has a corticosteroid in it too. If it does or if you are not sure, check with your doctor or pharmacist.
  • Tell your doctor or dentist that you use desonide cream before you receive any medical or dental care, emergency care, or surgery.
  • 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 large 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.
  • Desonide cream should be used with extreme caution in CHILDREN; safety and effectiveness in children have not been confirmed.
  • Corticosteroids may affect growth rate in CHILDREN and teenagers in some cases. They may need regular growth checks if 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:

Dry skin; mild, temporary stinging or burning.

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; burning, cracking, irritation, or peeling not present before you began using desonide cream; excessive hair growth; inflamed hair follicles; inflammation around the mouth; 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. To report side effects to the appropriate agency, please read the Guide to Reporting Problems to FDA.

If OVERDOSE is suspected:

Contact 1-800-222-1222 (the American Association of Poison Control Centers), your local poison control center, 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 36 and 86 degrees F (2 and 30 degrees C). Store in a tightly closed container. 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.

General information:

  • 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.
  • Check with your pharmacist about how to dispose of unused medicine.

This information should not be used to decide whether or not to take desonide cream or any other medicine. Only your health care provider has the knowledge and training to decide which medicines are right for you. This information does not endorse any medicine as safe, effective, or approved for treating any patient or health condition. This is only a brief summary of general information about desonide cream. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to desonide cream. This information is not specific medical advice and does not replace information you receive from your health care provider. You must talk with your healthcare provider for complete information about the risks and benefits of using desonide cream.

Issue Date: September 3, 2014
Database Edition 14.3.1.003
Copyright © 2014 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc.

Disclaimer: This information should not be used to decide whether or not to take this medicine or any other medicine. Only your health care provider has the knowledge and training to decide which medicines are right for you. This information does not endorse any medicine as safe, effective, or approved for treating any patient or health condition. This is only a brief summary of general information about this medicine. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to this medicine. This information is not specific medical advice and does not replace information you receive from your health care provider. You must talk with your healthcare provider for complete information about the risks and benefits of using this medicine.

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