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What Is Desoximetasone Spray Used For?

Desoximetasone spray is prescribed to treat plaque psoriasis in adults. This extremely potent steroid works by decreasing inflammation and suppressing an overactive immune system. Healthcare providers may occasionally recommend people use desoximetasone spray for off-label (unapproved) reasons, such as treating eczema, poison ivy, and atopic dermatitis.

An Overview of Uses for Desoximetasone Spray

Desoximetasone spray (Topicort®) is a prescription skin medication approved to treat plaque psoriasis in adults. It is a very strong steroid medication.
Other steroids (including other forms and strengths of desoximetasone, such as cream, gel, or ointment) are approved for various medical conditions, such as eczema and atopic dermatitis. However, desoximetasone spray is approved only for the treatment of plaque psoriasis because it is a very potent steroid (too potent for use for other medical conditions). Desoximetasone spray is classified as a "Class I" (super potency) steroid.
Psoriasis is a chronic (long-term) skin disease. It is thought to be caused by an overactive immune system (see Psoriasis Causes for more information). There are several different types of psoriasis. The symptoms may vary, depending on the type. Plaque psoriasis is characterized by thickened, swollen, and red skin, often covered with silver scales.
Psoriasis treatment may include:
  • Medicines applied to the skin (topical treatment)
  • Light treatments (phototherapy)
  • Medications, whether by mouth or injection, that treat the whole immune system (systemic therapy).
Desoximetasone spray is a topical psoriasis medication. Because it is such a strong steroid, only short-term use (no more than four weeks at a time) is recommended.

Desoximetasone Spray Information

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