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Generic name: Desonide
Brand names: Tridesilon, DesOwen

Why is Desonide prescribed?

Tridesilon is a steroid preparation that relieves the itching and inflammation of a variety of skin problems. It is applied directly to the skin.

Most important fact about Desonide

When you use Tridesilon, you inevitably absorb some of the medication through your skin and into the bloodstream. Too much absorption can lead to unwanted side effects elsewhere in the body. To keep this problem to a minimum, avoid using large amounts of Tridesilon over large areas, and do not cover it with airtight dressings such as plastic wrap or adhesive bandages unless specifically told to by your doctor.

How should you use Desonide?

Use Tridesilon exactly as directed by your doctor. Shake lotion well before using.

Tridesilon is for use only on the skin. Be careful to keep it out of your eyes.

Remember to avoid wrapping the treated area with bandages or other coverings unless your doctor has told you to do so.

--If you miss a dose...

Apply it as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for the next dose, skip the one you missed and go back to your regular schedule.

--Storage instructions...

Store at room temperature.

What side effects may occur?

Side effects cannot be anticipated. If any develop or change in intensity, notify your doctor as soon as possible. Only your doctor can determine if it is safe for you to continue using Tridesilon. Many of the side effects listed below are rare, but may occur more often if the affected area is covered with a bandage or treated for a long time.

  • More common side effects may include:
    Acne, additional infections, allergic reactions of the skin, burning and stinging, dryness, excessive hair growth, irritation, itching, loss of skin color, prickly heat, rash, scaly skin, skin inflammation around the mouth, skin loss, skin peeling or redness, skin softening, stretch marks, worsening of the condition
  • Side effects that may occur in children include:
    Delayed weight gain, headaches, slowed growth

Why should Desonide not be prescribed?

You should not take Desonide if you are sensitive or allergic to any of its ingredients.

Because steroid medications may interfere with their growth and development, children should be given the lowest strength that provides effective therapy. Safety and effectiveness of DesOwen in children have not been established.

Special warnings about Desonide

If an irritation develops, or if your skin condition does not heal within 2 weeks, inform your doctor.

Avoid covering a treated area with waterproof diapers or plastic pants. They can increase unwanted absorption of Tridesilon.

Large doses of steroids applied over a large area, and long-term use of these preparations, especially when the treated areas are covered, can cause increases in blood sugar or sugar in the urine, Cushing's syndrome (a condition characterized by a moon-shaped face, emotional disturbances, high blood pressure, weight gain, and, in women, growth of body hair), and effects on the adrenal gland, pituitary, and hypothalamus.

Possible food and drug interactions when taking Desonide

No interactions have been reported.

Special information if you are pregnant or breastfeeding

Although Tridesilon is applied to the skin, there is no way of knowing how much medication is absorbed into the bloodstream. The more powerful steroids have caused birth defects in animals. In general, these preparations should not be used extensively, in large amounts, or for prolonged periods of time by pregnant women. They should be used only if the potential benefits outweigh the potential risks to the unborn baby. If you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant, inform your doctor immediately. It is not known whether steroid creams and ointments are absorbed in sufficient amounts to appear in breast milk. If your doctor considers Tridesilon essential to your health, he or she may advise you to stop breastfeeding until your treatment with the medication is finished.

Recommended dosage

ADULTS AND CHILDREN

Tridesilon should be applied to the affected area as a thin film, from 2 to 4 times a day, depending on the severity of the condition. Apply DesOwen 2 or 3 times daily.

A bandage or other covering may be prescribed by your doctor to apply over the affected area for psoriasis or conditions that are not responding as well as expected.

Overdosage

Any medication taken in excess can have serious consequences. With overuse or misuse of Tridesilon, too much medicine can enter the body, causing increases in blood sugar and Cushing's syndrome, with symptoms such as a moon-shaped face, emotional disturbances, high blood pressure, weight gain, and, in women, growth of body and facial hair.

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