Desowen (Generic Desonide Topical)
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Why is this medication prescribed?
Desonide is used to treat a variety of skin problems, such as psoriasis (a skin ailment in which red, scaly patches appear on some parts of the body) and eczema, for their associated redness, swelling, itching, and irritation (a skin disease that causes the skin to be dry and itchy and to sometimes develop red, scaly rashes). Desonide belongs to the group of drugs known as topical corticosteroids. It reduces swelling, redness, and itching by causing natural chemicals in the skin to become active.
How should this medicine be used?
Desonide can be applied to the skin as a cream, ointment, gel, foam, and lotion. Typically, desonide topical is administered twice to four times each day. Apply it daily at roughly the same times. Ask your doctor or pharmacist to explain any instructions on your prescription label that you are unsure about following. Follow the desonide instructions exactly. Do not use more, less, or more frequently than advised by your doctor. Unless your doctor instructs you to, avoid using it on other parts of your body or to treat other skin disorders.
During the first two weeks of treatment with the cream, ointment, or lotion or the first four weeks of treatment with the gel or foam, your skin condition ought to improve. If your symptoms do not get better during this period, call your doctor.
Before each usage, thoroughly shake the lotion to combine the medication.
Only the skin should be used to apply this medication. Avoid getting desonide topical in your mouth, nose, or eyes, and avoid swallowing it. Unless as advised by your doctor, avoid using this product in the vaginal and rectal areas, as well as in skin folds and armpits.
Use a tiny amount of ointment, cream, gel, or lotion to cover the affected area of the skin with an even, thin film and then gently rub it in to use desonide topical.
Use a tiny amount of desonide foam to cover the affected region of skin with a thin, even film and gently rub it in. Shake well before each use. Desonide foam should not be applied directly to your face; instead, place some foam into your palms and gently rub the medication into the damaged parts of your face. If you use desonide foam, wash your hands afterward.
Avoid covering the diaper area of a child with plastic trousers or tight-fitting diapers while desonide is being applied to the area.
Only bandage or wrap the treated area if your doctor instructs you to. Such use could exacerbate negative effects.
Desonide foam could ignite. While applying desonide foam and for a short while afterward, stay away from open flames, fire, and smoke.
Other uses for this medicine
Ask your doctor or pharmacist for more details if you believe this drug should be used for something else.
What special precautions should I follow?
Before using desonide,
- If you have an allergy to desonide, any other drugs, or any of the chemicals in topical desonide products, let your doctor and pharmacist know right away. To obtain a list of the ingredients, ask your pharmacist.
- Inform your doctor and pharmacist about any additional prescription and over-the-counter drugs, vitamins, dietary supplements, and herbal products you are now taking or intend to use. Provide the following information: more topical treatments and additional corticosteroid medications.
- Inform your doctor if you have diabetes, Cushing’s syndrome (an abnormal condition brought on by an excess of hormones called corticosteroids), or liver issues if you do or have had had any of these conditions.
- Inform your physician if you are nursing a baby, intend to get pregnant, or are already pregnant. Call your doctor if you become pregnant while taking desonide.
- Inform the surgeon or dentist that you are using desonide foam if you are undergoing surgery, including dental surgery.
What should I do if I forget a dose?
As soon as you realise you missed a dose, administer it. If the next dose is soon due, skip the missed one and carry on with your regular dosing plan. To make up for a missing dose, avoid applying a second dose.
What side effects can this medication cause?
Effects of desonide topical usage are possible. If any of these symptoms are severe or do not go away, let your doctor know right once:
- Skin stinging, burning, itching, rashes, peeling, dryness, and redness
- Rash or small red pimples around the mouth
- Little skin lumps that are white or red
- Alteration in skin tone
Some side effects can be serious. The following symptoms are uncommon, but if you experience any of them, call your doctor immediately:
- Skin infection may show up as redness, swelling, leaking pus, or other symptoms where desonide was applied to the skin
- Severe rash
Desonide use in children may raise the risk of adverse consequences like decreased growth and delayed weight gain. The dangers of applying this medication to your child’s skin should be discussed with your child’s doctor.
Further negative effects of desonide are possible. If you experience any strange issues while taking this medicine, contact your doctor right away.
You or your doctor can submit a report to the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) MedWatch Adverse Event Reporting programme online or by phone if you have a serious side event (1-800-332-1088).
What should I know about storage and disposal of this medication?
Keep this medication tightly closed in the original container and out of the reach of children. Keep it away from excessive heat and moisture at room temperature (not in the bathroom). Medication that has expired or is no longer required should be thrown away. See your pharmacist for advice on how to properly dispose of your medications.
Although many containers (such as weekly pill minders and those for eye drops, creams, patches, and inhalers) are not child-resistant and are simple for young children to open, it is crucial to keep all medications out of sight and out of reach of children. Always lock safety caps and promptly stash medication up and away from young children where it is out of their sight and reach to prevent poisoning. http://www.upandaway.org
In case of emergency/overdose
Dial 1-800-222-1222 to reach your local poison control centre if someone ingests desonide topical. Dial 911 to reach the nearest emergency services if the sufferer has collapsed or has stopped breathing.
What other information should I know?
Keep all of your doctor’s appointments.
Do not share your medication with anybody else. Any queries you may have regarding medication refills should be directed to your pharmacist.
You should keep a written record of every medication you take, including any over-the-counter (OTC) items, prescription drugs, and dietary supplements like vitamins and minerals. This list should be brought with you whenever you see a doctor or are admitted to the hospital. You should always have this information with you in case of emergencies.