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Common and Long-Term Problems With Desoximetasone

Reported Side Effects

For many medications (particularly newly approved medications), the prescribing information carefully explains the exact percentage of side effects that were seen in clinical trials. However, the prescribing information for almost all older medications, including desoximetasone, includes only vague information on potential side effects. Therefore, it can be difficult to know exactly how often the side effects occur.
 
Common side effects of all topical steroids, including desoximetasone, include but are not limited to:
 
  • Drying
  • Inflammation or infection of skin follicles (folliculitis)
  • Increased sweating
  • Burning
  • Itching
  • Irritation
  • Allergic contact dermatitis (allergic skin reactions)
  • Soft, whitened skin (much like skin that is constantly wet)
  • Weakening and thinning of the skin
  • Acne
  • Decreased skin pigmentation
  • A rash around the mouth
  • Stretch marks
  • Heat rash.
 
In general, side effects are more common when a dressing, such as a bandage, is used to cover the medication. Do not use a dressing unless your healthcare provider specifically recommends that you do so.
 

Long-Term Side Effects of Desoximetasone

Using steroids like desoximetasone over long periods of time can cause a different set of side effects. These reactions are most likely to be seen 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.
 

Desoximetasone Medication Information

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