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When and How to Take Desonide

Some general considerations to keep in mind during treatment with desonide include the following:
 
  • This medication is usually applied to the affected area(s) two to three times a day (for the lotion, ointment, or cream) or twice a day (for the foam or gel).
     
  • Apply desonide sparingly. More is not better. Only a thin film is necessary.
     
  • It is not recommended to use a nonbreathable dressing, such as a bandage, over desonide.
     
  • When using the lotion, be sure to shake the bottle well before each use.
     
  • For desonide to work properly, it must be used as prescribed.
     

Dosing Information

The dose of desonide your healthcare provider recommends will vary, depending on the particular product and the severity and type of medical condition being treated. As always, do not adjust your dose unless your healthcare provider specifically tells you to do so.
 
(Click Desonide Dosage for more information.)
 

Drug Interactions

Desonide may react with a few other medications (see Drug Interactions With Desonide).
 

What If I Take an Overdose?

An overdose with this medication can cause serious problems. This is especially true if too much is used over an extended period. If you or someone else may have taken too much desonide or taken this medication by mouth, seek immediate medical attention.
 
(Click Desonate Overdose, DesOwen Overdose, or Verdeso Overdose for more information.)
 
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Last reviewed by: Kristi Monson, PharmD;
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