Diflorasone diacetate is a topical prescription drug used to treat eczema, dermatitis, and a variety of other skin conditions. It comes in the form of a regular cream, an emollient cream, and an ointment, and is typically applied to the affected areas one to three times a day. Side effects are possible and may include burning, irritation, and dryness.
What Is Diflorasone Diacetate?
Diflorasone diacetate is a prescription skin medication. This is a topical steroid that is used to treat a wide variety of skin conditions, such as eczema, psoriasis, dermatitis, and allergic reactions. It comes in the form of a cream, an ointment, and an emollient cream (emollient creams are more moisturizing, compared to regular creams, while still being nongreasy).
The emollient cream is sold under the brand name ApexiCon® E Cream. The regular ointment and cream were originally sold under various brand names, but are currently available only in generic form.
Brand-name ApexiCon E Cream is made by PharmaDerm. Generic diflorasone diacetate products are made by various manufacturers, such as E. Fougera & Co. and Taro Pharmaceuticals.
How Does It Work?
Diflorasone diacetate is part of a group of medications known as glucocorticoids. Glucocorticoids 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. Diflorasone diacetate works for most conditions by decreasing inflammation or suppressing an overactive immune system.
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