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Desonide Ointment

What If I Forget a Dose of Desonide Ointment?

If you forget a dose, apply it as soon as possible, unless it is almost time for the next dose. In this case, simply skip the missed dose and continue with your regular schedule. Do not use a double dose.

How Does It Work?

Desonide ointment is part of a group of medications known as glucocorticoids, which 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. Desonide ointment works for most conditions by decreasing inflammation or suppressing an overactive immune system.

When and How to Use This Medicine

Some general considerations to keep in mind during treatment with desonide ointment include the following:
  • This medication is usually applied to the affected area(s) of the skin two to three times a day.
  • Apply the medication sparingly; only a thin film is necessary.
  • It is not recommended to use a nonbreathable dressing, such as a bandage, over desonide ointment.
  • For the medication to work properly, it must be used as prescribed.

Storage Information

Desonide ointment should be stored at room temperature. Keep this and all other medications out of the reach of children and pets.

Is There a Generic Version?

Generic versions of desonide ointment are available (see Generic DesOwen).

Who Makes Desonide Ointment?

Brand-name desonide ointment (sold under the name DesOwen) is made by DPT Laboratories, Ltd., for Galderma Laboratories, L.P. Generic versions are made by various manufacturers.
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