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All about: Desonide Foam

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Generic Name: Desonide Foam (DES-oh-nide)
Brand Name: Verdeso

Desonide Foam is used for:

Treating mild to moderate itching, redness, and swelling caused by certain skin conditions.

Desonide Foam is a topical corticosteroid. It works by reducing skin inflammation (redness, swelling, itching, and irritation).

Do NOT use Desonide Foam if:

  • you are allergic to any ingredient in Desonide Foam

Contact your doctor or health care provider right away if any of these apply to you.

Before using Desonide Foam:

Some medical conditions may interact with Desonide Foam. Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have any medical conditions, especially if any of the following apply to you:

  • if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding
  • if you are taking any prescription or nonprescription medicine, herbal preparation, or dietary supplement
  • if you have allergies to medicines, foods, or other substances
  • if you have any kind of skin infection, cuts, scrapes, or lessened blood flow to your skin
  • if you have measles, tuberculosis (TB), a positive TB skin test, chickenpox, or shingles, or if you have recently had a vaccination
  • if you are taking an oral corticosteroid (eg, prednisone)

Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with Desonide Foam. Because little, if any, of Desonide Foam is absorbed into the blood, the risk of it interacting with another medicine is low.

Ask your health care provider if Desonide Foam may interact with other medicines that you take. Check with your health care provider before you start, stop, or change the dose of any medicine.

How to use Desonide Foam:

Use Desonide Foam as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.

  • Wash your hands before using Desonide Foam.
  • Shake well before each use.
  • Hold canister upside down to dispense the medicine. Apply the smallest amount necessary to cover the entire affected area as directed by your doctor. Gently rub the medicine in until it is evenly distributed.
  • If you are using Desonide Foam on the face, do NOT dispense it directly onto the face. Dispense it into your hands, and then gently message onto the face until the medicine disappears.
  • Wash your hands immediately after applying Desonide Foam, unless your hands are part of the treated area.
  • Do not cover the treated area(s) with bandages or other dressings unless advised to do so by your health care provider.
  • If you miss a dose of Desonide Foam, use it as soon as possible. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not use 2 doses at once.

Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use Desonide Foam.

Important safety information:

  • Desonide Foam is for external use only. Do not get it in your eyes, nose, or mouth. If you get it any of these areas, flush right away with cool tap water.
  • Do NOT use more than the recommended dose or use for longer than 4 weeks without checking with your doctor.
  • If your symptoms do not get better within 4 weeks or if they get worse, contact your doctor.
  • Talk with your doctor before you use any other medicines or cleansers on your skin.
  • Do not apply Desonide Foam over large areas of the body, to open wounds, or to scraped, infected, or burned skin without first checking with your doctor.
  • Do not use Desonide Foam for other skin conditions at a later time.
  • If Desonide Foam is being used to treat the diaper area of a child, avoid using tight-fitting diapers or plastic pants.
  • Check with your doctor before you receive any vaccine while you are using Desonide Foam.
  • Tell your doctor or dentist that you take Desonide Foam before you receive any medical or dental care, emergency care, or surgery.
  • Desonide Foam is flammable. Do not store or use near an open flame or while smoking.
  • Caution is advised when using Desonide Foam in CHILDREN; they may be more sensitive to its effects.
  • Corticosteroids may affect growth rate in CHILDREN and teenagers in some cases. They may need regular growth checks while they use Desonide Foam.
  • Desonide Foam should be used with extreme caution in CHILDREN younger than 3 years old; safety and effectiveness in these children have not been confirmed.
  • PREGNANCY and BREAST-FEEDING: If you become pregnant, contact your doctor. You will need to discuss the benefits and risks of using Desonide Foam while you are pregnant. It is not known if Desonide Foam is found in breast milk after topical use. If you are or will be breast-feeding while you use Desonide Foam, check with your doctor. Discuss any possible risks to your baby.

Possible side effects of Desonide Foam:

All medicines may cause side effects, but many people have no, or minor, side effects. Check with your doctor if any of these most COMMON side effects persist or become bothersome:

Mild, temporary stinging when first applied.

Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur:

Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue); acne-like rash; fever, chills, sore throat, or persistent cough; severe or persistent burning, irritation, redness, or swelling of the skin; thinning, softening, or discoloration of the skin.

This is not a complete list of all side effects that may occur. If you have questions or need medical advice about side effects, contact your doctor or health care provider. You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 (1-800-332-1088) or at http://www.fda.gov/medwatch.

If OVERDOSE is suspected:

Contact 1-800-222-1222 (the American Association of Poison Control Centers), your local poison control center (http://www.aapcc.org/findyour.htm), or emergency room immediately. Symptoms may include increased thirst or urination; muscle weakness; unusual weight gain, especially in the face.

Proper storage of Desonide Foam:

Store Desonide Foam at room temperature, between 68 and 77 degrees F (20 and 25 degrees C). Store in a tightly closed container. Store away from heat, moisture, and light. Do not expose to heat or store at temperatures above 120 degrees F (49 degrees C). Do not puncture, break, or burn the canister even if it appears to be empty. Keep Desonide Foam out of the reach of children and away from pets.

General information:

  • If you have any questions about Desonide Foam, please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
  • Desonide Foam is to be used only by the patient for whom it is prescribed. Do not share it with other people.
  • If your symptoms do not improve or if they become worse, check with your doctor.

This information is a summary only. It does not contain all information about Desonide Foam. If you have questions about the medicine you are taking or would like more information, check with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.

Issue Date: September 5, 2007
Database Edition
Copyright © 2007 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc.

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