Topicort (desoximetasone topical)

  • Pharmacy Author:
    Omudhome Ogbru, PharmD

    Dr. Ogbru received his Doctorate in Pharmacy from the University of the Pacific School of Pharmacy in 1995. He completed a Pharmacy Practice Residency at the University of Arizona/University Medical Center in 1996. He was a Professor of Pharmacy Practice and a Regional Clerkship Coordinator for the University of the Pacific School of Pharmacy from 1996-99.

  • Medical and Pharmacy Editor: Jay W. Marks, MD
    Jay W. Marks, MD

    Jay W. Marks, MD

    Jay W. Marks, MD, is a board-certified internist and gastroenterologist. He graduated from Yale University School of Medicine and trained in internal medicine and gastroenterology at UCLA/Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.

What is desoximetasone-topical, and how does it work (mechanism of action)?

  • Desoximetasone is a synthetic (man-made) corticosteroid that is used on the skin (topically). The naturally-occurring corticosteroid is cortisol or hydrocortisone produced by the adrenal gland. Corticosteroids have potent anti-inflammatory actions and also suppress the immune response.
  • The FDA approved desoximetasone in March 1982.

What brand names are available for desoximetasone-topical?

Topicort

Is desoximetasone-topical available as a generic drug?

GENERIC AVAILABLE: Yes

Do I need a prescription for desoximetasone-topical?

Yes

What are the uses for desoximetasone-topical?

What are the side effects of desoximetasone-topical?

Common side effects of Topicort include:

  • Burning
  • Itching
  • Irritation
  • Dryness

Other side effects include:

Other less common side effects include:

Possible serious side effects include:

  • Maceration of the skin
  • Secondary infection
  • Skin atrophy

Prolonged use (greater than two weeks) of high doses of Topicort can depress the ability of the body's adrenal glands to produce corticosteroids. Abruptly stopping Topicort in these individuals can cause symptoms of corticosteroid insufficiency, along with:

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 8/30/2016

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