Desonate

(desonide)

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Treats itchy, red, and dry skin rashes.

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Our bottom line

Desonate (desonide) is a cheap and effective topical treatment for mild skin rashes, but may not treat more serious skin conditions.

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Quick facts about Desonate
  • Drug class: Dermatologic
  • Rx status:
  • Generic status: Lower-cost generic available (desonide)

Upsides

  • Can be used in children as young as 3 months old and in adults.
  • Available in cheaper, generic version.
  • Compared to oral alternatives, this medicine has less side effects only if used sparingly for 4 weeks or less.
  • Pregnant women can use Desonate (desonide) if approved by their doctor.
  • Desonate (desonide) is mild strength so it likely won't cause many side effects.
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Downsides

  • Using this medication long-term or using it too much can disturb your body's hormone balance.
  • Must apply 2-3 times daily.
  • Cannot use for more than 4 consecutive weeks at a time.
  • As a milder steroid, it may not help serious skin conditions.
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How it works

Desonate (desonide) is a mild to moderate strength topical corticosteroid that helps treat skin disorders by decreasing inflammation, redness, and itchiness.

Quick facts about Desonate
  • Drug class: Dermatologic
  • Rx status:
  • Generic status: Lower-cost generic available (desonide)

Dosage forms

  • Cream
  • Gel
  • Ointment
  • Foam
  • Lotion
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What to expect when you take Desonate (desonide) for Skin inflammation disorders

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  • Possible side effects
  • Burning sensation
  • Rash
  • Itchiness
  • Headache
  • Skin thinning
  • Discoloration of skin
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Side effect rates for Desonate (desonide)

From 582 clinical trials of Desonate when taken for skin inflammation disorders
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The placebo bar shows how common a side effect was for people taking a sugar pill instead of Desonate.

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Risks and Warnings for Desonate (desonide)

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    • Higher risk if:
    • Prolonged use (>4 weeks) of Desonate (desonide).
    • Applying Desonate (desonide) to a large area of your body (>35% body surface area).
    • Applying excessive amounts of Desonate (desonide) to your skin.
    • Children.

    Using Desonate (desonide) at high doses, for long periods of time, or in children can cause the body to make less of certain hormones that are important for many bodily functions. Use Desonate (desonide) as directed by your doctor. Avoid using this medication longer than 2 weeks. Children may need regular growth checks after taking this medication.