Generic drug: desonide

Brand name: DesOwen

What is DesOwen (desonide), and how does it work?

DesOwen (desonide) is a topical (for the skin) steroid used to treat the inflammation and itching caused by a number of skin conditions such as allergic reactions, eczema, and psoriasis. DesOwen is available in generic form.

What are the side effects of DesOwen?

Common side effects of DesOwen include burning, stinging, itching, irritation, dryness, peeling, or redness when DesOwen is first applied to the skin. These side effects should disappear in a few days as your body adjusts to DesOwen. Other side effects of DesOwen include:

  • scaly skin,
  • thinning or softening of your skin,
  • skin rash or irritation around your mouth,
  • swollen hair follicles,
  • changes in color of treated skin,
  • blisters,
  • pimples,
  • crusting of treated skin, or
  • stretch marks.

Tell your doctor if you have signs of absorbing DesOwen through your skin including:

For Dermatologic Use Only -

Not for Ophthalmic Use -

What is the dosage for DesOwen?

DesOwen Cream or Lotion should be applied to the affected areas as a thin film two or three times daily depending on the severity of the condition.

SHAKE LOTION WELL BEFORE USING.

As with other corticosteroids, therapy should be discontinued when control is achieved. If no improvement is seen within 2 weeks, reassessment of diagnosis may be necessary.

DesOwen Cream and Lotion should not be used with occlusive dressings.

What drugs interact with DesOwen?

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Is DesOwen safe to use while pregnant or breastfeeding?

  • Corticosteroids have been shown to be teratogenic in laboratory animals when administered systemically at relatively low dosage levels.
  • Some corticosteroids have been shown to be teratogenic after dermal application in laboratory animals. Animal reproduction studies have not been conducted with DesOwen Cream or Lotion.
  • It is also not known whether DesOwen Cream or Lotion can cause fetal harm when administered to a pregnant woman or can affect reproduction capacity.
  • DesOwen Cream and Lotion should be given to a pregnant woman only if clearly needed.
  • Systemically administered corticosteroids appear in human milk and could suppress growth, interfere with endogenous corticosteroid production, or cause other untoward effects.
  • It is not known whether topical administration of corticosteroids could result in sufficient systemic absorption to produce detectable quantities in human milk.
  • Because many drugs are excreted in human milk, caution should be exercised when DesOwen Cream or Lotion is administered to a nursing woman.

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Summary

DesOwen (desonide) is a topical (for the skin) steroid used to treat the inflammation and itching caused by a number of skin conditions such as allergic reactions, eczema, and psoriasis. DesOwen is available in generic form. Common side effects of DesOwen include burning, stinging, itching, irritation, dryness, peeling, or redness when DesOwen is first applied to the skin.

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Medically Reviewed on 3/31/2021
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