What Is Desoximetasone Ointment Used For?
If you have a skin condition like poison ivy or eczema, your healthcare provider may recommend using desoximetasone ointment. Other approved uses include treating dermatitis, psoriasis, and seborrhea. This medicine works by suppressing an overactive immune system and reducing inflammation. In some cases, the ointment is prescribed off-label to treat vitiligo and penile or labial adhesions.
An Overview of Uses for Desoximetasone OintmentDesoximetasone ointment (Topicort®) is a prescription skin medication approved to treat inflammation and itching due to a wide variety of conditions. Some of these conditions include but are not limited to:
Desoximetasone ointment is approved to treat any skin condition that is responsive to corticosteroids.
There are two other desoximetasone products available (a cream and a gel). The ointment is greasy, while the gel and cream are easier and less messy to apply. The gel tends to be more drying and more irritating to the skin than the ointment or cream. The different products also vary in their potency.
The following desoximetasone products are "Class II" (high potency) steroids:
- Desoximetasone 0.25% cream
- Desoximetasone 0.25% ointment
- Desoximetasone 0.05% gel.
Desoximetasone LP 0.05% cream is a "Class IV" (medium potency) steroid.
How Does This Medicine Work?Desoximetasone 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. Desoximetasone ointment works for most conditions by decreasing inflammation or suppressing an overactive immune system.