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Desoximetasone cream

Generic Name: desoximetasone (dess-OX-ee-MET-ah-sone)
Brand Name: Examples include Topicort and Topicort LP

Desoximetasone cream is used for:

Relieving inflammation and itching of the skin.

Desoximetasone cream is a topical adrenocortical steroid. The precise way it works is unclear, but it is thought to reduce skin inflammation (redness, swelling, itching, and irritation) by stopping the production of certain chemicals in the body.

Do NOT use desoximetasone cream if:

  • you are allergic to any ingredient in desoximetasone cream

Contact your doctor or health care provider right away if any of these apply to you.

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Before using desoximetasone cream:

Some medical conditions may interact with desoximetasone 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, measles, thinning of the skin, tuberculosis (TB), chicken pox, shingles, a positive TB skin test, or have recently had a vaccination

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

Ask your health care provider if desoximetasone 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 desoximetasone cream:

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

  • Apply a small amount of medicine to the affected area(s). Gently rub the medicine in until it is evenly distributed. Wash your hands after applying the medicine, 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 desoximetasone 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 desoximetasone cream.

Important safety information:

  • Desoximetasone cream is for external use only. Avoid contact with eyes and other mucous membranes (nostrils, mouth). If desoximetasone cream gets in your eyes, flush them with cool tap water immediately.
  • Do NOT use more than the recommended dose or use for longer than prescribed without checking with your doctor.
  • Do not use desoximetasone cream for other skin conditions at a later time.
  • If desoximetasone cream was prescribed to treat the diaper area of a child, avoid using tight-fitting diapers or plastic pants.
  • Corticosteroids may affect growth rate in CHILDREN and teenagers in some cases. They may need regular growth checks while they use desoximetasone cream.
  • Desoximetasone cream should be used with extreme caution in CHILDREN; safety and effectiveness in 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 desoximetasone cream while you are pregnant. It is not known if desoximetasone cream is found in breast milk. If you are or will be breast-feeding while you use desoximetasone cream, check with your doctor. Discuss any possible risks to your baby.

Possible side effects of desoximetasone 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 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); itching, burning, redness, or swelling not present before using desoximetasone cream.

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. Desoximetasone cream may be harmful if swallowed.

Proper storage of desoximetasone cream:

Store desoximetasone cream at room temperature, between 59 and 86 degrees F (15 and 30 degrees C). Store away from heat, moisture, and light. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep desoximetasone cream out of the reach of children and away from pets.

General information:

  • If you have any questions about desoximetasone cream, please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
  • Desoximetasone 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 desoximetasone 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 desoximetasone cream. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to desoximetasone 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 desoximetasone cream.

Issue Date: July 2, 2014
Database Edition 14.3.1.001
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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