What is Desoximetasone used for: Side effects & Precautions

Why is Desoximetasone topical prescribed?

In the treatment of the various skin conditions such as eczema, dermatitis, allergies, rash, itching, redness, dryness, crusting, scaling, inflammation desoximetasone topical is used.  Desoximetasone is in a class of medications known as corticosteroids and a prescription drug. It reduces swelling, redness, and itching in the skin by activating natural substances. And this is a medium-strength corticosteroid.

Desoximetasone topical sold under the brand name Topicort and also available as a generic drug. Usually, the cost of generic drugs is less than the brand-name version. But the generic drug is not always available in every strength. It is also used for as part of a combination therapy

How should I use Desoximetasone medication?

Desoximetasone topical is available in various strengths and forms like ointment, cream, and spray. Desoximetasone topical is used for the treatment of redness, swelling, itching, and dermatoses. You can use them on the skin or scalp. If you are using the desoximetasone in the ointment, cream form then it is usually used two times a day. Always use this medication around the same times each and every day.

Always remember that the directions written on your prescription label, follow them very carefully, and use desoximetasone medication exactly as directed by your doctor or pharmacist. If anything that you don’t understand asks your doctor or pharmacist to explain it again. If you are using this medication and you are feeling well then continue to use desoximetasone. Don’t try to stop using it without consulting your health care professional or don’t try to use desoximetasone medication more or less often than prescribed or directed by your healthcare professionals.

How to apply Desoximetasone ointment, cream, and spray?

  • Before using Desoximetasone topical, wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water very gently.
  • Before applying this medication, always clean and dry first the affected area.
  • As directed by your health care professional, if you are using ointment, cream, or spray then apply the thin film of this medication four times a day to the affected area and rub it gently. Unless directed to do so by your health care professional, do not try to cover or wrap the affected area after applying the medication.
  • If you are using this medication over the infant in the diaper area, then do not use tight-fitting diapers or plastic pants, it can increase the side effects.
  • In the end, wash your hands again to remove the medication.

Use the desoximetasone spray very carefully because it can catch the fire and don’t try to smoke or try to stay away from open fire, or flames while you are using the desoximetasone spray.

Desoximetasone medication is only created for the use of skin infection or for the treatment of skin conditions. If you are using this medication near your eye, nose, or mouth then try to avoid getting this medication into your eyes this may worsen. In case you get the desoximetasone topical in your eye, nose, or mouth then rinse with plenty of water.

When you are using this medication to treat the affected area and your skin condition should improve during the first four weeks of your treatment then talk to your doctor or pharmacist if your symptoms do not improve during this time. And there are some others product also available for the treatment of rash, itching, redness such as Fluocinolone topical that you can use for diseases.

Notes: Don’t ever try to share this medication to other people. And always remember that this medication is only used for skin infections and doctors prescribed this medicine only for current  conditions and don’t use it later.

What is the dosage of desoximetasone medication?

The directions written on your prescription label, follow them very carefully, because the dosages of this medicine totally depend upon the patient’s condition. Don’t try to change your dosage quantity without consulting your doctor because the amount of medicine that you take depends on the strength of the medicine.

For cream, gel, and ointment dosage:

  • For adults: For the treatment of the redness, itching, and swelling of the skin apply this medication to the affected area two times a day.
  • For children: For the treatment of the redness, itching, and swelling of the skin, apply this medication to the affected area as directed by your children’s doctor.

For topical dosage:

  • For adults: For the treatment of plaque psoriasis apply this medication to the affected area two times a day.
  • For children: For the treatment of plaque psoriasis apply this medication to the affected area as directed by your children’s doctor.

What are other uses of this medication?

There are some other uses of this medicine that it’s prescribed by your health care professional. Ask your doctor or pharmacist for more information about the prescribed treatments for other diseases of desoximetasone topical.

What special dietary plans should I follow?

Ask your doctor or health care professional for instructions about any restrictions on food, beverages, or activity. Or you can continue your normal diet if your doctor or health care professional didn’t give you any instructions.

What special precautions could I take?

Some special precaution of fluocinolone medication you should have followed before using this medication:

  • If you have a skin rash, burning, stinging, swelling, or irritation on the skin then tell your doctor and pharmacist.
  • If you are allergic to desoximetasone, any other medications, or any of the ingredients in desoximetasone topical products then tell your doctor and pharmacist.
  • If you are having surgery, including dental surgery while you are using the desoximetasone topical then tell your doctor and pharmacist.
  • If you are breastfeeding, pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or If you become pregnant while taking desoximetasone topical then tell your doctor and pharmacist.
  • If you have any medical history, especially of poor blood circulation, immune system problems, any infection, ever had diabetes, or any other skin problems then tell your doctor and pharmacist.
  • If you are using this medication over the infant in the diaper area, then do not use tight-fitting diapers or plastic pants.
  • Don’t use the desoximetasone medication while you are using any other medication such as betamethasone, triamcinolone, Cortaid, hydrocortisone, or Lotrisone. In case you want to use the medication then tell your doctor and pharmacist.

What side effects can desoximetasone medication cause?

Don’t use it for a longer time period than prescribed, but in case, if you’re using this medication for prolonged or repeated long periods then it may result in some serious side effects. If you notice or feel any of the new or worsening symptoms then tell your doctor or pharmacist.

This medication only uses serious side effects because people that are using desoximetasone topical have some serious side effects. Don’t use this medication without your doctor’s prescription, Doctors will suggest desoximetasone topical medication by judging the benefit to you is greater than the risk of side effects.

Some common side effects of desoximetasone topical:

Stop taking or using desoximetasone topical if you experience any of these common side effects or symptoms and do not go away, then call your doctor immediately:

  • You’ll feel red or purple blotches or lines under the skin.
  • You’ll feel thin, fragile, or dry skin.
  • You’ll feel changes in skin color.
  • You’ll feel burning, itching, irritation, redness, or dryness of the skin.
  • You’ll feel tiny red bumps or rash around the mouth.
  • You’ll feel unwanted hair growth.
  • You’ll feel acne.
  • You’ll feel small white or red bumps on the skin.
  • You’ll feel bruising or shiny skin.

Some serious side effects of desoximetasone topical:

Stop taking or using desoximetasone topical if you experience any of these serious side effects or symptoms and do not go away, then call your doctor immediately:

  • You’ll severing rash
  • You’ll feel difficulty breathing or swallowing.
  • You’ll feel redness, swelling, oozing pus, or other signs of skin infection at the affected area.
  • You’ll feel stretch marks or skin thinning/discoloration
  • You’ll feel extreme/unwanted hair growth or hair bumps.

This medication can absorb the bloodstream from the skin. These side effects are more likely found in the people who are using this medication for a very long time or in children. This medication can also lead to side effects of too much corticosteroid. Before using it on your children, talk to your child’s doctor because desoximetasone topical may have an increased risk of side effects including slowed growth and delayed weight gain. 

It can also cause other side effects because this is not the complete list of all symptoms and side effects of desoximetasone topical. If you have any unusual problems apart from these then immediately contact your doctor or pharmacist.

Desoximetasone topical interactions with other drugs

Your healthcare professionals can already be aware of any drug interactions. Don’t try to stop or start the dosage of any medicine before checking or before talking to your healthcare professionals.

Drug interaction can change the working of this drug or it can increase your risk for serious side effects. It[‘s impossible to mention all the interactions with this drug so if you want to safely keep a list of all the medication or products that you are using such as prescription, non-prescription drugs, and herbal products, and then share it with your doctor and pharmacist. 

What can I do after I forget a dose?

If you forgot to take desoximetasone topical and if it is near the time of your next dose then we suggest you please skip that dose and take it at the next dose at the regular time. Don’t take the dose at irregular times. It makes your dose double and it would be harmful to you.

Always remember that when you start to take desoximetasone topical, always remember to write down all of the instructions that your healthcare professionals tell you when you ask a question: what can I do if I forget a dose?

What happens if I overdose?

Talk to your doctor or pharmacist if you have experienced any of the following symptoms or side effects immediately. Some of the symptoms or side effects that can occur because of an overdose of desoximetasone topical.

What can I know about the storage and disposal of this medication?

Store this medication at room temperature and keep them away from light or excessive heat and moisture. And put them away from the reach of the pets and children, we suggest you put that medicine in a tightly closed container in which they came. 

You should have disposed of all the medication that is unneeded in a special way to ensure that children, pets, and other people can’t consume them. You can not flush them or pour them into the drain. You can return them to the pharmacist or the best way is that you can take back the program for returning your medicines.

What other information should I know?

Don’t miss any of your doctor and laboratory appointments because your doctor will check the response of this medicine then he/she will tell you the update or other pieces of information. So, keep all your appointments with your doctor, pharmacist, and the laboratory. 

Talk to your doctor or pharmacist if you feel your health condition is getting worse or your dose may need to be adjusted.

It is very important to tell your pharmacist about all your prescriptions and non-prescription you were taking and make a list of them and carry the list all the time. It would help you in case of emergencies. When you meet or visit your doctor you should bring the list. It’s important to your doctor.

And ensure that no one is taking your medicine or no one has them. And every time when you meet your pharmacist or doctor asks them any of the questions you have about refilling your prescription.


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