DesOwen Side Effects

Generic Name: desonide topical

Note: This document contains side effect information about desonide topical. Some of the dosage forms listed on this page may not apply to the brand name DesOwen.

Some side effects of DesOwen may not be reported. Always consult your doctor or healthcare specialist for medical advice. You may also report side effects to the FDA.

For the Consumer

Applies to desonide topical: topical application cream, topical application foam, topical application gel/jelly, topical application lotion, topical application ointment

Along with its needed effects, desonide topical (the active ingredient contained in DesOwen) may cause some unwanted effects. Although not all of these side effects may occur, if they do occur they may need medical attention.

Check with your doctor immediately if any of the following side effects occur while taking desonide topical:

Less common
  • Blistering, burning, crusting, dryness, or flaking of the skin
  • burning, itching, redness, skin rash, swelling, or soreness at the application site
  • flushing or redness of the skin
  • irritation
  • itching, scaling, severe redness, soreness, or swelling of the skin
  • peeling of the skin
  • raised, dark red, wart-like spots on the skin, especially when used on the face
  • stinging and burning
  • unusually warm skin
Incidence not known
  • Redness and scaling around the mouth
  • thinning of the skin with easy bruising, especially when used on the face or where the skin folds together (e.g., between the fingers)

Some side effects of desonide topical may occur that usually do not need medical attention. These side effects may go away during treatment as your body adjusts to the medicine. Also, your health care professional may be able to tell you about ways to prevent or reduce some of these side effects. Check with your health care professional if any of the following side effects continue or are bothersome or if you have any questions about them:

More common
  • Body aches or pain
  • chills
  • cough
  • difficulty with breathing
  • ear congestion
  • fever
  • headache
  • loss of voice
  • nasal congestion
  • runny nose
  • sneezing
  • sore throat
  • unusual tiredness or weakness
Less common
  • Cold flu-like symptoms
  • congestion
  • cough
  • hoarseness
  • irritability
  • noisy breathing
  • shortness of breath
  • tender, swollen glands in the neck
  • tightness in the chest
  • trouble with swallowing
  • voice changes
  • wheezing
Incidence not known
  • Acne or pimples
  • burning and itching of the skin with pinhead-sized red blisters
  • burning, itching, and pain in hairy areas, or pus at the root of the hair
  • lightening of normal skin color
  • lightening of treated areas of dark skin
  • reddish purple lines on the arms, face, legs, trunk, or groin

For Healthcare Professionals

Applies to desonide topical: compounding powder, topical cream, topical foam, topical gel, topical kit, topical lotion, topical ointment

Endocrine

Endocrinologic side effects of topical corticosteroids have been rare. Rarely, the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis has been suppressed. This suppression was more likely when higher potency topical steroids were used over extensive areas and when occlusive dressings were used.

Local

Skin on the face, axillae, and groin appear to be most susceptible to the adverse, long-term effects of topical steroids.

Topical corticosteroid use may inhibit local immune response rendering the skin more susceptible to infections. Folliculitis has occasionally been reported.

Perioral dermatitis or rosacea-like dermatitis has occurred in patients treated with potent topical corticosteroids who are of seborrheic skin type. This condition may flare temporarily upon discontinuation of topical steroids, prompting patients to continue their use. If topical corticosteroids are discontinued, this flare and the initial dermatitis generally resolves over a few weeks.

Local side effects have commonly included burning, itching, or irritation, especially when applied to denuded skin or with occlusive dressings. Long-term use of topical corticosteroids has resulted in skin atrophy and thinning, and the development of striae, telangiectasia, subcutaneous hemorrhage, and easy bruising and bleeding. Allergic contact dermatitis has been occasionally reported.

General

The use of low potency topically applied corticosteroids has been generally well tolerated.

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