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Desonate is a skin gel used to treat atopic dermatitis, a skin condition commonly referred to as eczema. It belongs to a group of drugs known as corticosteroids ("steroids"). To use this medication, apply a small amount to the affected area twice daily. Although most people tolerate this product well, side effects are possible and may include things such as burning, itching, or a rash.

What Is Desonate?

Desonate® (desonide gel) is a prescription skin medication. It belongs to a group of medications known as topical steroids and is used to treat mild-to-moderate atopic dermatitis in people age three months and older. Atopic dermatitis is commonly referred to as "eczema."
(Click Desonate Uses for more information on this topic, including possible off-label uses.)

Who Makes Desonate?

Brand-name Desonate is made by Contract Pharmaceuticals Limited for Intendis.

How Does It Work?

Desonate 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. Desonate works for atopic dermatitis by decreasing inflammation or suppressing an overactive immune system.

When and How to Use Desonate

Some general considerations to keep in mind during treatment with Desonate include the following:
  • This medication is usually applied to the affected area(s) twice a day.
  • Apply Desonate sparingly and gently rub it in. More is not better. Only a thin film is necessary.
  • Do not cover the medication with a dressing or bandage.
  • For this product to work properly, it must be used as prescribed.

Desonate Medication Information

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