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What Is Desoximetasone Gel Used For?

If you have poison ivy, eczema, or certain other skin problems, you may benefit from a topical steroid called desoximetasone gel. This skin gel is also licensed to treat psoriasis, dermatitis, and seborrhea. It is only approved for use in adults, as children may have a higher risk for side effects. Possible off-label (unapproved) uses for desoximetasone gel may include treating penile or labial adhesions.

An Overview of Uses for Desoximetasone Gel

Desoximetasone gel (Topicort®) is a prescription skin medication used to treat inflammation and itching due to a wide variety of conditions. Some of these conditions include but are not limited to:
Desoximetasone gel is approved to treat any skin condition that is responsive to corticosteroids.
There are two other desoximetasone products available (a cream and an ointment). The ointment is greasy, while the gel and cream are easier and less messy to apply. The gel tends to be more drying and more irritating to the skin than the ointment or cream. The different products also vary in their potency.
The following desoximetasone products are "Class II" (high potency) steroids:
  • Desoximetasone 0.25% cream
  • Desoximetasone 0.25% ointment
  • Desoximetasone 0.05% gel.
Desoximetasone LP 0.05% cream is a "Class IV" (medium potency) steroid.

How Does This Medicine Work?

Desoximetasone gel is part of a group of medications known as glucocorticoids, which are a type of corticosteroid (or "steroid" for short). Although glucocorticoids have numerous effects in the body, they are used mostly for their anti-inflammatory or immune-suppressing properties. Desoximetasone gel works for most conditions by decreasing inflammation or suppressing an overactive immune system.

Desoximetasone Gel Information

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