Desonate® (desonide gel) is a topical steroid used to treat atopic dermatitis. It comes in the form of a gel that is applied directly to the affected skin twice a day. As a steroid medication, this product is very effective at reducing inflammation and suppressing an overactive immune system.
This medicine is generally well tolerated. If side effects do occur, they typically involve minor symptoms, such as itching or a rash.
However, this medication is not right for everyone. Before you start treatment with Desonate, inform your healthcare provider if you have any allergies or are pregnant or breastfeeding. In addition, tell your healthcare provider about any other drugs you are taking, including nonprescription products and supplements.
(For more information on this medication, including how it works, dosing tips, and available strengths, click Desonate.)
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