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Desoximetasone Spray Side Effects

Common Side Effects

Desoximetasone spray has been studied extensively in clinical trials. In these studies, one group of people was given the medication and a similar group of people was given a placebo (a spray with no active ingredients). As a result, it was possible to see what side effects occurred, how often they appeared, and how they compared to the placebo.
In these studies, the most common desoximetasone spray side effects included:
  • Dry skin at the application site
  • Irritation at the application site
  • Itching at the application site.
All three of these "side effects" were actually more common with the placebo spray than with desoximetasone spray. This suggests that either these are not true side effects or that perhaps the dry, itchy, irritated skin was caused by inactive ingredients in the spray (the placebo and the desoximetasone spray had the same inactive ingredients).

Long-Term Side Effects of Desoximetasone Spray

Using steroids like desoximetasone spray over long periods of time can cause a different set of side effects. These reactions are most likely to occur in people who use this medicine over a large area of the body for a long period of time. Some of the problems seen with long-term use might include:
  • Weight gain
  • Bulging eyes
  • Fluid retention
  • Osteoporosis
  • Loss of muscle
  • Fat deposits on the face and back (causing a round face and a fatty hump on the back of the neck)
  • Diabetes
  • Cataracts
  • Stunted growth (in children).
Keep in mind that these problems are more common with systemic steroids, which are taken by mouth or injection, and are probably quite rare with desoximetasone spray. However, desoximetasone spray is an extremely potent steroid, so short-term use (no longer than four weeks at a time) is recommended in order to avoid these serious side effects.

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