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Desonide Cream


Dosage Form: cream

Desonide Cream 0.05% and lotion 0.05% Rx only
For Dermatologic Use Only -
Not for Ophthalmic Use -


Desonide Cream 0.05% and Lotion 0.05% contain desonide (Pregna - 1,4 - diene - 3,20 - dione,11,21 - dihydroxy - 16,17 - [(1 - methylethylidene)bis(oxy)] - ,(11β,16α) - a synthetic nonfluorinated corticosteroid for topical dermatologic use. The corticosteroids constitute a class of primarily synthetic steroids used topically as anti-inflammatory and anti-pruritic agents. Chemically, desonide is C24H32O6. It has the following structural formula:

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Desonide has the molecular weight of 416.51. It is a white to off white odorless powder which is soluble in methanol and practically insoluble in water. Each gram of Desonide Cream contains 0.5 mg of desonide in a base of citric acid, emulsifying wax, isopropyl palmitate, polysorbate 60, potassium sorbate, propyl gallate, propylene glycol, purified water, sodium hydroxide, sorbic acid, stearic acid, and synthetic beeswax. Each gram of Desonide Lotion contains 0.5 mg of desonide in a base of cetyl alcohol, edetate sodium, glyceryl stearate SE, light mineral oil, methylparaben, propylene glycol, propylparaben, purified water, sodium lauryl sulfate, sorbitan monostearate, and stearyl alcohol. May contain citric acid and/or sodium hydroxide for pH adjustment.


Like other topical corticosteroids, desonide has anti-inflammatory, antipruritic and vasoconstrictive properties. The mechanism of the anti-inflammatory activity of the topical steroids, in general, is unclear. However, corticosteroids are thought to act by the induction of phospholipase A2 inhibitory proteins, collectively called lipocortins. It is postulated that these proteins control the biosynthesis of potent mediators of inflammation such as prostaglandins and leukotrienes by inhibiting the release of their common precursor arachidonic acid. Arachidonic acid is released from membrane phospholipids by phospholipase A2.


The extent of percutaneous absorption of topical corticosteroids is determined by many factors including the vehicle and the integrity of the epidermal barrier. Occlusive dressings with hydrocortisone for up to 24 hours have not been demonstrated to increase penetration; however, occlusion of hydrocortisone for 96 hours markedly enhances penetration. Topical corticosteroids can be absorbed from normal intact skin. Inflammation and/or other disease processes in the skin may increase percutaneous absorption. Studies performed with Desonide Cream and Lotion indicate that they are in the low to medium range of potency as compared with other topical corticosteroids.


Desonide Cream and Lotion are low to medium potency corticosteroids indicated for the relief of the inflammatory and pruritic manifestations of corticosteroid responsive dermatoses.


Desonide Cream and Lotion are contraindicated in those patients with a history of hypersensitivity to any of the components of the preparations.



Systemic absorption of topical corticosteroids can produce reversible hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis suppression with the potential for glucocorticosteroid insufficiency after withdrawal of treatment. Manifestations of Cushing’s syndrome, hyperglycemia, and glucosuria can also be produced in some patients by systemic absorption of topical corticosteroids while on treatment. Patients applying a topical steroid to a large surface area or to areas under occlusion should be evaluated periodically for evidence of HPA axis suppression. This may be done by using the ACTH stimulation, A.M. plasma cortisol, and urinary free cortisol tests. Patients receiving superpotent corticosteroids should not be treated for more than 2 weeks at a time and only small areas should be treated at any one time due to the increased risk of HPA axis suppression. If HPA axis suppression is noted, an attempt should be made to withdraw the drug, to reduce the frequency of application, or to substitute a less potent corticosteroid. Recovery of HPA axis function is generally prompt and complete upon discontinuation of topical corticosteroids. Infrequently, signs and symptoms of glucocorticosteroid insufficiency may occur requiring supplemental systemic corticosteroids. For information on systemic supplementation, see prescribing information for those products. Pediatric patients may be more susceptible to systemic toxicity from equivalent doses due to their larger skin surface to body mass ratios.
(See PRECAUTIONS - Pediatric use). If irritation develops, Desonide Cream or Lotion should be discontinued and appropriate therapy instituted. Allergic contact dermatitis with corticosteroids is usually diagnosed by observing failure to heal rather than noting a clinical exacerbation as with most topical products not containing corticosteroids. Such an observation should be corroborated with appropriate diagnostic patch testing. If concomitant skin infections are present or develop, an appropriate antifungal or antibacterial agent should be used. If a favorable response does not occur promptly, use of Desonide Cream or Lotion should be discontinued until the infection has been adequately controlled.

Information for patients:

Patients using topical corticosteroids should receive the following information and instructions:

1. This medication is to be used as directed by the physician. It is for external use only. Avoid contact with the eyes.

2. This medication should not be used for any disorder other than that for which it was prescribed.

3. The treated skin area should not be bandaged or otherwise covered or wrapped so as to be occlusive unless directed by the physician.

4. Patients should report to their physician any signs of local adverse reactions.

Laboratory tests:

The following tests may be helpful in evaluating patients for HPA axis suppression:

ACTH stimulation test

A.M. plasma cortisol test

Urinary free cortisol test

Carcinogenesis, mutagenesis, and impairment of fertility:

Long-term animal studies have not been performed to evaluate the carcinogenic potential or the effect on reproduction with the use of Desonide Cream and Lotion.


Teratogenic effects: Pregnancy category C:

Corticosteroids have been shown to be teratogenic in laboratory animals when administered systemically at relatively low dosage levels. Some corticosteroids have been shown to be teratogenic after dermal application in laboratory animals. Animal reproduction studies have not been conducted with Desonide Cream or Lotion. It is also not known whether Desonide Cream or Lotion can cause fetal harm when administered to a pregnant woman or can affect reproduction capacity. Desonide Cream and Lotion should be given to a pregnant woman only if clearly needed.

Nursing mothers:

Systemically administered corticosteroids appear in human milk and could suppress growth, interfere with endogenous corticosteroid production, or cause other untoward effects. It is not known whether topical administration of corticosteroids could result in sufficient systemic absorption to produce detectable quantities in human milk. Because many drugs are excreted in human milk, caution should be exercised when Desonide Cream or Lotion is administered to a nursing woman.

Pediatric use:

Safety and effectiveness in pediatric patients have not been established. Because of a higher ratio of skin surface area to body mass, pediatric patients are at a greater risk than adults of HPA axis suppression when they are treated with topical corticosteroids. They are therefore also at greater risk of glucocorticosteroid insufficiency after withdrawal of treatment and of Cushing’s syndrome while on treatment. Adverse effects including striae have been reported with inappropriate use of topical corticosteroids in infants and children. HPA axis suppression, Cushing’s syndrome, linear growth retardation, delayed weight gain and intracranial hypertension have been reported in children receiving topical corticosteroids. Manifestations of adrenal suppression in children include low plasma cortisol levels, and absence of response to ACTH stimulation. Manifestations of intracranial hypertension include bulging fontanelles, headaches, and bilateral papilledema.


In controlled clinical trials, the total incidence of adverse reactions associated with the use of desonide was approximately 8%. These were: stinging and burning approximately 3%, irritation, contact dermatitis, condition worsened, peeling of skin, itching, intense transient erythema, and dryness/scaliness, each less than 2%. The following additional local adverse reactions have been reported infrequently with other topical corticosteroids, and they may occur more frequently with the use of occlusive dressings, especially with higher potency corticosteroids. These reactions are listed in an approximate decreasing order of occurrence: folliculitis, acneiform eruptions, hypopigmentation, perioral dermatitis, secondary infection, skin atrophy, striae, and miliaria.


Topically applied Desonide Cream and Lotion can be absorbed in sufficient amounts to produce systemic effects (See PRECAUTIONS).


Desonide Cream or Lotion should be applied to the affected areas as a thin film two or three times daily depending on the severity of the  condition. SHAKE LOTION WELL BEFORE USING. As with other corticosteroids, therapy should be discontinued when control is achieved. If no improvement is seen within 2 weeks, reassessment of diagnosis may be necessary. Desonide Cream and Lotion should not be used with occlusive dressings.


Desonide Cream 0.05% is supplied in a tube containing:

15 g NDC-0472-0804-15
60 g NDC 0472-0804-60

Desonide Lotion 0.05% is supplied in bottles containing:

2 fl oz NDC 0472-0803-02
4 fl oz NDC 0472-0803-04

Storage Conditions:

Store between 2° and 30°C (36° and 86°F).


Distributed by:

Actavis Mid Atlantic LLC

1877 Kawai Road

Lincolnton, NC 28092 USA

Mfd. by: DPT Laboratories, Ltd.

San Antonio, Texas 78215, USA

P51299-0 VC1279 Rev. March 2013


Desonide Cream 0.05%Net Wt. 15 g



actavis NDC 0472-0804-15

Desonide Cream 0.05% Rx Only

Net Wt. 15 g

NDC 0472-0804-15

Desonide Cream 0.05%Net Wt. 15 g

Distributed by: Actavis Mid Atlantic LLC, 1877 Kawai Road,

Lincolnton, NC 28092 USA

Manufactured by: DPT Laboratories, Ltd.

San Antonio, Texas 78215 USA

P51342-0 VC101639

Rev. 03/13

Net Wt. 15 g


EACH GRAM CONTAINS: 0.5 mg of the active ingredient desonide in a cream base consisting of the inactive ingredients citric acid, emulsifying wax, isopropyl palmitate, polysorbate 60, potassium sorbate, propyl gallate, propylene glycol, purified water, sodium hydroxide, sorbic acid, and synthetic beeswax.

USUAL DOSAGE: See package insert for complete prescribing information.

Store between 2° and 30°C (36° and 86°F).

See carton closure for lot number and expiration date.

Desonide Cream
Product Information
Product Type HUMAN PRESCRIPTION DRUG LABEL Item Code (Source) NDC:0472-0804
Route of Administration TOPICAL DEA Schedule     
Active Ingredient/Active Moiety
Ingredient Name Basis of Strength Strength
Inactive Ingredients
Ingredient Name Strength
# Item Code Package Description
1 NDC:0472-0804-15 1 TUBE in 1 CARTON
1 15 g in 1 TUBE
2 NDC:0472-0804-60 1 TUBE in 1 CARTON
2 60 g in 1 TUBE
Marketing Information
Marketing Category Application Number or Monograph Citation Marketing Start Date Marketing End Date
NDA authorized generic NDA019048 08/01/2013
Labeler - Actavis Mid Atlantic LLC (809515898)
Name Address ID/FEI Operations
DPT Laboratories, Ltd. 832224526 manufacture(0472-0804)
Revised: 07/2013
Actavis Mid Atlantic LLC