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All about: DesOwen Lotion

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Generic Name: Desonide Lotion (DESS-oh-nide)
Brand Name: Examples include DesOwen and LoKara

DesOwen Lotion is used for:

Relieving swelling and itching caused by certain skin conditions.

DesOwen Lotion is a topical adrenocortical steroid. The precise way it works is unclear, but it is thought to reduce skin inflammation (redness, swelling, itching, and irritation) by stopping the production of certain chemicals in the body.

Do NOT use DesOwen Lotion if:

  • you are allergic to any ingredient in DesOwen Lotion

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

Before using DesOwen Lotion:

Some medical conditions may interact with DesOwen Lotion. 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 a skin infection, measles, thinning of the skin, tuberculosis (TB), chicken pox, or shingles, a positive TB skin test, or have recently had a vaccination

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

Ask your health care provider if DesOwen Lotion 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 DesOwen Lotion:

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

  • Shake well before each use.
  • Apply a small amount of DesOwen Lotion to the affected area(s). Gently rub the medicine in until it is evenly distributed.
  • Wash your hands immediately after applying DesOwen Lotion, 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 DesOwen Lotion, 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 DesOwen Lotion.

Important safety information:

  • DesOwen Lotion is for external use only. Do not get it in your eyes, nose, or mouth. If you get it your eyes, flush right away with cool tap water.
  • Do NOT use more than the recommended dose or use for longer than prescribed without checking with your doctor.
  • Do not use DesOwen Lotion for other skin conditions at a later time.
  • If DesOwen Lotion was prescribed to treat the diaper area of a child, avoid using tight-fitting diapers or plastic pants.
  • DesOwen Lotion should be used with extreme caution in CHILDREN; safety and effectiveness in children have not been confirmed.
  • Corticosteroids may affect growth rate in CHILDREN and teenagers in some cases. They may need regular growth checks while they use DesOwen Lotion.
  • PREGNANCY and BREAST-FEEDING: If you become pregnant, contact your doctor. You will need to discuss the benefits and risks of using DesOwen Lotion while you are pregnant. It is not known if DesOwen Lotion is found in breast milk. If you are or will be breast-feeding while you use DesOwen Lotion, check with your doctor. Discuss any possible risks to your baby.

Possible side effects of DesOwen Lotion:

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); failure of wounds to heal; itching, burning, redness, or swelling not present before using DesOwen Lotion; skin thinning and discoloration.

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.

Proper storage of DesOwen Lotion:

Store DesOwen Lotion between 59 and 86 degrees F (15 and 30 degrees C). Store in a tightly closed container. Store away from heat, moisture, and light. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep DesOwen Lotion out of the reach of children and away from pets.

General information:

  • If you have any questions about DesOwen Lotion, please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
  • DesOwen Lotion 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 DesOwen Lotion. 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 07.3.1.003
Copyright © 2007 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc.

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