Desonide

Description

Desonide is a topical medicine used to relieve the adverse effects such as swelling and itching associated with steroid-responsive skin conditions. It is not recommended for use in patients less than 3 months of age.

Side effects

Major & minor side effects for Desonide

  • Dry or scaly skin
  • Burning and stinging
  • Itching, redness or irritation at application site
  • Skin Rash
  • Lightening of skin at the area of application
  • Acne

Uses of Desonide

What is it prescribed for?

  • Steroid-responsive Dermatoses
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Concerns

Commonly asked questions

  • Onset of action
    The amount of time required for this medicine to show its action is not clinically established.
  • Duration of effect
    The amount of time for which this medicine remains active in the body is not clinically established.
  • Safe with alcohol?
    Interaction with alcohol is unknown. It is advisable to consult your doctor before consumption.
  • Is it habit forming?
    No habit-forming tendencies were reported.
  • Usage in pregnancy?
    This medicine is not recommended for use in pregnant women unless absolutely necessary. All the risks and benefits should be discussed with the doctor before using this medicine.
  • Usage while breast-feeding?
    This medicine is not recommended for use in breastfeeding women unless absolutely necessary. All the risks and benefits should be discussed with the doctor before using this medicine.

Allergy

This medicine is not recommended for use in patients with a known allergy to desonide or any other inactive ingredients present along with it.
Warnings for special population

Pregnancy

This medicine is not recommended for use in pregnant women unless absolutely necessary. All the risks and benefits should be discussed with the doctor before using this medicine.

Breast-feeding

This medicine is not recommended for use in breastfeeding women unless absolutely necessary. All the risks and benefits should be discussed with the doctor before using this medicine.
General warnings

Growth Retardation

This medicine may cause growth retardation in some children. Therefore, children receiving this medicine should be monitored closely with regard to growth parameters. The dose should be titrated to the minimum effective dose to reduce the chances of such side effects. Replacement with a suitable alternative may be necessary in some cases based on the clinical condition.

Kaposi's Sarcoma

This medicine may increase the risk of Kaposi's sarcoma, a type of cancer. This risk is especially higher if the medicine is used for a prolonged period of time. Report any unusual symptoms to the doctor on priority. An alternative treatment option may be necessary based on the clinical condition.

Contact Dermatitis

This medicine may increase the risk of contact dermatitis, a type of skin rash that may develop on contact with a particular substance. Report any unusual symptoms to the doctor on priority. An alternative treatment option may be necessary based on the clinical condition in such cases.

Cushing's syndrome

This medicine may cause hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis suppression and Cushing's syndrome in patients receiving high doses for a prolonged period of time. Any symptoms such as swelling of the face, increase in blood glucose levels, etc. should be informed to the doctor on priority. An alternative treatment option may be necessary in some cases based on the clinical condition.

Missed Dose

Apply the missed dose as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose. Do not apply a double dose to make up for the missed one.

Overdose

An overdose of this medicine is not likely to cause severe symptoms unless it is applied for a prolonged period of time in large volumes. However, ingestion of this medicine may cause harm and immediate medical intervention may be required. Symptoms of an overdose may include diarrhea, bloody diarrhea, abdominal pain, etc.
All drugs interact differently for person to person. You should check all the possible interactions with your doctor before starting any medicine.
Interaction with Alcohol

Description

Interaction with alcohol is unknown. It is advisable to consult your doctor before consumption.

Instructions

Interaction with alcohol is unknown. It is advisable to consult your doctor before consumption.
Interaction with Medicine

Antidiabetic drugs

BCG vaccine

Disease interactions

Diabetes

This medicine should be used with caution in patients with diabetes since it may increase the blood glucose levels in such patients. Report any unusual symptoms to the doctor on priority. Close monitoring of blood glucose levels is necessary for these patients. Appropriate dose adjustments or replacement with a suitable alternative may be required in some cases based on the clinical condition.

Diaper rash

This medicine should not be applied to diaper rashes since the risks of systemic absorption and associated complications are significantly high. Replacement with a suitable alternative should be considered based on the clinical condition of the patient.

Hyperadrenocorticism

This medicine should be used with caution in patients with a known history of hyperadrenocorticism due to the increased risk of worsening of the patient's condition. Report any unusual symptoms to the doctor on priority. You may require a dose adjustment and more frequent clinical monitoring to safely use this medicine. An alternative treatment option may be necessary in some cases based on the clinical condition.

Infections

This medicine should be used with caution in patients with latent or active infections because it can suppress the immune system, especially if it is applied for a prolonged period of time in large amounts. Replacement with a suitable alternative may be necessary based on the clinical condition of the patient.

Ocular Toxicities

This medicine should be used with caution due to the increased risk of ocular toxicities such as glaucoma, increased intraocular pressure, etc. This risk is especially higher in patients with a history of eye diseases. Report any unusual symptoms to the doctor immediately. Appropriate dose adjustments or replacement with a suitable alternative may be required based on the clinical condition of the patient.
Food interactions
Information not available.
Lab interactions
Information not available.
Apply a thin layer of the medicine to the affected area as instructed by the doctor. Follow all the usage instructions mentioned on the label or the package insert. Do not apply in larger or smaller quantities or for durations longer or shorter than recommended.
Miscelleneous

Usage does not depend on food timings

To be taken as instructed by doctor

Does not cause sleepiness

How it works
It works by inhibiting the release of certain chemical substances that cause symptoms such as redness, rashes, and swelling.
Legal Status

Approved

Approved

Unknown

Unknown

Classification

Category

Topical steroids

Schedule

Schedule H

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https://www.perrigo.com/files/rx/pdfs/p-1a700rcj3.pdf

Desonide Topical: MedlinePlus Drug Information [Internet]. Medlineplus.gov. 2018 [cited 11 September 2018]. Available from:

https://medlineplus.gov/druginfo/meds/a605025.html

[Internet]. Accessdata.fda.gov. 2018 [cited 11 September 2018]. Available from:

https://www.accessdata.fda.gov/drugsatfda_docs/label/2013/021978s010lbl.pdf

DailyMed - Desonide lotion [Internet]. Dailymed.nlm.nih.gov. 2018 [cited 11 September 2018]. Available from:

https://dailymed.nlm.nih.gov/dailymed/drugInfo.cfm?setid=a7e5f030-b849-4805-94e6-f45631eaa37f

Desonide - DrugBank [Internet]. Drugbank.ca. 2019 [cited 7 January 2019]. Available from:

https://www.drugbank.ca/drugs/DB01260

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Information on this page was last updated on 7 Jan 2019

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