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Desonide gel

Pronunciation

Generic Name: desonide (DES-oh-nide)
Brand Name: Desonate

Desonide gel is used for:

Treating mild to moderate itching, redness, and swelling caused by certain skin conditions.

Desonide gel is a topical corticosteroid. It works by reducing skin inflammation (redness, swelling, itching, and irritation).

Do NOT use desonide gel if:

  • you are allergic to any ingredient in desonide gel

Before using desonide gel:

Some medical conditions may interact with desonide gel. Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have any medical conditions, especially if any of the following apply to you:

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  • 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, ulcers, cuts, scrapes, or lessened blood flow to your skin
  • if you have measles, tuberculosis (TB), a positive TB skin test, chickenpox, or shingles, or if you have recently had a vaccination
  • if you are taking an oral corticosteroid (eg, prednisone)

Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with desonide gel. Because little, if any, of desonide gel is absorbed into the blood, the risk of it interacting with another medicine is low.

Ask your health care provider if desonide gel 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 gel:

Use desonide gel as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.

  • Wash your hands before using desonide gel.
  • Apply a thin layer of desonide gel to cover the affected area as directed by your doctor. Gently rub the medicine in until it is evenly distributed.
  • Wash your hands immediately after applying desonide gel, 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 gel, 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 gel.

Important safety information:

  • Desonide gel is for external use only. Do not get it in your eyes, nose, or mouth. If you get it any of these areas, flush right away with cool tap water.
  • Do NOT use more than the recommended dose or use for longer than 4 weeks without checking with your doctor.
  • If your symptoms do not get better within 4 weeks or if they get worse, check with your doctor.
  • Talk with your doctor before you use any other medicines or cleansers on your skin.
  • Do not apply desonide gel 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 gel for other skin conditions at a later time.
  • Overuse of topical products may worsen your condition.
  • Do not use desonide gel to treat diaper rash in a child. Do not use desonide gel to treat the underarm or groin area of a child unless the child's doctor tells you to.
  • Check with your doctor before you receive any vaccine while you are using desonide gel.
  • Tell your doctor or dentist that you take desonide gel before you receive any medical or dental care, emergency care, or surgery.
  • Desonide gel 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 if you are not sure, check with your doctor or pharmacist.
  • Contact your doctor if you have a cut or sore that does not heal.
  • Serious side effects may occur if too much of desonide gel is absorbed through the skin. This may be more likely to occur if you use desonide gel over a larger area of the body. It may also be more likely if you wrap or bandage the area after you apply desonide gel. 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 gel.
  • Desonide gel should not be used in CHILDREN younger than 3 months old; safety and effectiveness in these children have not been confirmed.
  • PREGNANCY and BREAST-FEEDING: If you become pregnant, contact your doctor. You will need to discuss the benefits and risks of using desonide gel while you are pregnant. It is not known if desonide gel is found in breast milk after topical use. If you are or will be breast-feeding while you use desonide gel, check with your doctor. Discuss any possible risks to your baby.

Possible side effects of desonide gel:

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 itching 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. 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 gel:

Store desonide gel at 77 degrees F (25 degrees C). Brief storage at temperatures between 59 and 86 degrees F (15 and 30 degrees C) is permitted. Store in a tightly closed container. Store away from heat, moisture, and light. Keep desonide gel out of the reach of children and away from pets.

General information:

  • If you have any questions about desonide gel, please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
  • Desonide gel 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.
  • Discard unused medicine and packaging in the trash out of the reach of children and pets.
  • 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 gel 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 gel. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to desonide gel. 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 gel.

Issue Date: November 5, 2014
Database Edition 14.4.1.002
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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