In this drug factsheet:DIN (Drug Identification Number)
|02115514 ||DESOCORT 0.05% LOTION|
|02115522 ||DESOCORT 0.05% OINTMENT|
How does this medication work? What will it do for me?
Desonide belongs to the group of medications known as topical corticosteroids. It is used to treat various skin conditions, including rashes. It works by reducing inflammation and itching.
This medication may be available under multiple brand names and/or in several different forms. Any specific brand name of this medication may not be available in all of the forms or approved for all of the conditions discussed here. As well, some forms of this medication may not be used for all of the conditions discussed here.
Your doctor may have suggested this medication for conditions other than those listed in these drug information articles. If you have not discussed this with your doctor or are not sure why you are being given this medication, speak to your doctor. Do not stop using this medication without consulting your doctor.
Do not give this medication to anyone else, even if they have the same symptoms as you do. It can be harmful for people to use this medication if their doctor has not prescribed it.
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How should I use this medication?
The usual recommended dose of desonide is 2 or 3 daily applications rubbed gently onto the affected area, or use as directed by your doctor.
Shake the lotion form of this medication well before applying it.
For treatment of certain conditions (e.g., psoriasis), your doctor may advise you to cover the area being treated with an occlusive dressing (a dressing that doesn't breathe), such as plastic wrap, for more effective treatment. If your doctor has not suggested this, do not cover the area as this may cause unwanted effects. If an infection occurs in this area, remove the dressing and call your doctor as soon as possible.
Do not apply desonide in or near the eyes.
Many things can affect the dose of medication that a person needs, such as body weight, other medical conditions, and other medications. If your doctor has recommended a dose different from the suggestion above, do not change the way that you are using the medication without consulting your doctor.
It is important to use this medication exactly as prescribed by your doctor. If you miss a dose, apply it as soon as possible and continue with your regular schedule. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and continue with your regular dosing schedule. Do not apply a double dose to make up for a missed one. If you are not sure what to do after missing a dose, contact your doctor or pharmacist for advice.
Store this medication at room temperature and keep it out of the reach of children.
Do not dispose of medications in wastewater (e.g. down the sink or in the toilet) or in household garbage. Ask your pharmacist how to dispose of medications that are no longer needed or have expired.
What form(s) does this medication come in?
Each bottle contains desonide 0.05% in a water base lotion. Nonmedicinal ingredients: cetyl alcohol, glyceryl stearate SE, methyl paraben, mineral oil, propyl paraben, propylene glycol, purified water, sodium lauryl sulfate, sorbitan monostearate, stearyl alcohol, and tetrasodium EDTA. May contain sodium hydroxide and/or citric acid to adjust pH.
Each tube contains desonide 0.05%. Nonmedicinal ingredients: mineral oil and polyethylene.
Who should NOT take this medication?
Do not take this medication if you:
- are allergic to desonide or to any of the ingredients of the medication
- have any viral skin lesions
- have chickenpox
- have herpes simplex
- have tuberculosis of the skin
- have untreated fungal or bacterial skin lesions
- have vaccinia