DesOwen Side Effects

There is only vague information available about the possible side effects of older medications, including DesOwen. However, it is known that burning and stinging are the most common reactions reported with this skin medicine. In most cases, reactions are mild and easy treated. However, notify your healthcare provider immediately if you develop potentially serious side effects, such as difficulty breathing, hallucinations, or fluid retention.

An Introduction to DesOwen Side Effects

Just like any medicine, DesOwen® (desonide) can cause side effects. However, not everyone who uses the medication will have problems. In fact, most people tolerate it quite well. If side effects do occur, in most cases, they are minor and either require no treatment or are treated easily by you or your healthcare provider.
(This article covers many, but not all, of the possible side effects with DesOwen. Your healthcare provider can discuss a more complete list with you.)

Reported Side Effects of DesOwen

For many medications (particularly newly approved medications), the prescribing information carefully explains the exact percentage of side effects that were seen in clinical trials. However, the prescribing information for almost all older medications, including DesOwen, includes only vague information on potential side effects. Therefore, it can be difficult to know exactly how often the side effects occur.
Based on this limited information, the most common side effects of DesOwen are stinging and burning, occurring in approximately 3 percent of people. Other reported side effects, occurring in less than 3 percent of people, include:
  • Irritation
  • Contact dermatitis (an itchy red rash caused by direct contact with an irritating substance)
  • Worsening of the skin condition
  • Peeling of the skin
  • Itching
  • Intense, temporary redness
  • Dryness
  • Scaliness.
In general, side effects are more common when a dressing, such as a bandage, is used to cover the medication. Do not use a dressing unless your healthcare provider specifically recommends that you do so. In most cases, dressings are not usually recommended.

DesOwen Drug Information

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