Desoximetasone (On the skin)


Desoximetasone (des-ox-i-MET-a-sone)
Treats skin irritation, allergic reactions, and other skin problems. Belongs to a class of drugs called corticosteroids.

Brand Name(s)

There may be other brand names for this medicine.

Topicort, Desoximetasone, Topicort LP

When This Medicine Should Not Be Used

You should not use this medicine if you have had an allergic reaction to desoximetasone, hydrocortisone, triamcinolone (Aristocort®), or betamethasone (Valisone®).

How to Use This Medicine

Cream, Gel/Jelly, Ointment
  • Your doctor will tell you how much to use and how often.
  • Use on the skin only.
  • Put a thin layer of medicine on the affected area. Rub in gently.
  • Do not cover with a bandage unless your doctor tells you to do so.
If a dose is missed:
  • Apply the missed dose as soon as possible.
  • Skip the missed dose if it is almost time for your next regular dose.
  • You should not use twice as much for the next dose if you miss a dose.

How to Store and Dispose of This Medicine

  • Store at room temperature away from heat, moisture, and direct light. Do not freeze.
  • Keep all medicine out of the reach of children.

Drugs and Foods to Avoid

Ask your doctor or pharmacist before using any other medicine, including over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products.
  • Unless approved by your doctor, do not mix or use other skin medicines with this medicine.

Warnings While Using This Medicine

  • If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, talk to your doctor before using this medicine.
  • Make sure your doctor knows if you have glaucoma, tuberculosis, diabetes, or a skin infection before you use this medicine.
  • You should not use in or around your eyes.
  • You should not use this medicine on your face or neck unless your doctor tells you to do so.
  • You should not use this medicine more often or for a longer time than your doctor ordered.

Possible Side Effects While Using This Medicine

Call your doctor right away if you notice any of these side effects:
  • Severe itching, burning, or skin irritation
  • Signs of infection such as redness, swelling, or drainage or pus from the area
If you notice these less serious side effects, talk with your doctor:
  • Mild, temporary stinging
  • Skin irritation, burning, or redness
  • Raised spots on skin
  • Thinning of skin or bruising
  • Poor healing of skin
  • Acne-like skin changes

If you notice other side effects that you think are caused by this medicine, tell your doctor

Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088
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