Treats skin irritation, allergic reactions, plaque psoriasis, and other skin problems. This medicine is a corticosteroid.
There may be other brand names for this medicine.
Topicort, Topicort LP
When This Medicine Should Not Be Used
Do not use this medicine if you have had an allergic reaction to desoximetasone, betamethasone (Valisone®), hydrocortisone, or triamcinolone (Aristocort®).
How to Use This Medicine
Cream, Gel/Jelly, Ointment, Spray
- Your doctor will tell you how much of this medicine to use and how often. Do not use more medicine or use it more often than your doctor tells you to.
- This medicine is for use on the skin only. Do not get it in your eyes, nose, or mouth. Do not use it on skin areas that have cuts or scrapes. If it does get on these areas, rinse it off right away.
- You should not use this medicine on your face, neck, armpits, or groin area unless your doctor tells you to.
- Wash your hands with soap and water before and after using this medicine.
- Apply a thin layer to the affected area. Rub it in gently.
- Do not cover the treated area with a bandage unless your doctor has told you to.
- This medicine is not for long-term use.Do not use the spray for more than 4 weeks unless directed by your doctor.
- This medicine comes with patient instructions. Read and follow these instructions carefully. Ask your doctor or pharmacist if you have any questions.
If a dose is missed:
- If you miss a dose or forget to use your medicine, apply it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, wait until then to apply the medicine and skip the missed dose. Do not apply extra medicine to make up for a missed dose.
How to Store and Dispose of This Medicine
- Store the medicine in a closed container at room temperature, away from heat, moisture, and direct light. The spray bottle is flammable. Do not use it near heat, an open flame, or while you smoke.
- Ask your pharmacist, doctor, or health caregiver about the best way to dispose of the used medicine container and any leftover medicine after you have finished your treatment. You will also need to throw away old medicine after the expiration date has passed.Throw away any spray that you have not used after 30 days.
- Keep all medicine away from children and never share your medicine with anyone.
Drugs and Foods to Avoid
Ask your doctor or pharmacist before using any other medicine, including over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products.
- Tell your doctor if you use other corticosteroid medicines, such as betamethasone, hydrocortisone, triamcinolone, Cortaid®, or Lotrisone®.
- Do not use cosmetics or other skin care products on the treated skin areas.
Warnings While Using This Medicine
- Make sure your doctor knows if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, or if you have liver disease, Cushing disease, diabetes, glaucoma, tuberculosis, or a skin infection.
- Tell your doctor right away if you have dizziness or lightheadedness, unusual tiredness or weakness, loss of appetite, puffy face, or thin skin that bruises easily. These may be symptoms of an adrenal gland problem.
- Tell your doctor right away if your skin becomes irritated, dry, red, or swollen or starts to itch or burn. These may be signs of an infection.
- Do not use this medicine for a skin problem that has not been checked by your doctor.
- Your doctor will need to check your progress at regular visits while you are using this medicine. Be sure to keep all appointments.
Possible Side Effects While Using This Medicine
Call your doctor right away if you notice any of these side effects:
- Allergic reaction: Itching or hives, swelling in your face or hands, swelling or tingling in your mouth or throat, chest tightness, trouble breathing
- Color changes on the skin, dark freckles, easy bruising, muscle weakness
- Round, puffy face
- Severe itching, burning, irritation, redness, swelling, or thinning of the skin
- Weight gain around your neck, upper back, breast, or waist
If you notice these less serious side effects, talk with your doctor:
- Acne or pimples, rash
- Mild itching, burning, or dryness
- Poor healing of the skin