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Desonide Gel Side Effects

In clinical trials, the most common side effects of desonide gel included itching, rash, and burning at the application site. However, most people are able to use this medication without any problems. Notify your healthcare provider if you are using desonide gel and develop symptoms such as ruptured tendons, severe fluid retention, or high blood pressure.

An Introduction to Desonide Gel Side Effects

Just like any medicine, side effects are possible with desonide gel (Desonate®). However, not everyone who uses the medication will experience problems. In fact, most people tolerate it quite well. If side effects do occur, in most cases, they are minor and either require no treatment or are treated easily by you or your healthcare provider.
(This article covers many, but not all, of the possible side effects with desonide gel. Your healthcare provider can discuss a more complete list with you.)

Side Effects of Desonide Gel to Report

Some side effects of steroids such as desonide gel are potentially serious and should be reported immediately to your healthcare provider. These include but are not limited to:
  • High blood pressure (hypertension)
  • High blood sugar (hyperglycemia) or diabetes
  • Infections
  • Ruptured tendons
  • Psychotic reactions, such as hallucinations or extreme aggression
  • Glaucoma
  • Severe fluid retention
  • Signs of an allergic reaction, including unexplained rash, hives, itching, and unexplained swelling.
In general, these serious reactions are extremely unlikely to occur when desonide gel is used as directed for a short time (four weeks or less). Applying too much over too large an area and for too long may increase the risk of serious steroidal side effects.

Desonide Gel Information

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