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All of the patents for DesOwen (desonide) have expired, and generic versions of the medicine are available. Generic DesOwen is sold under the name Desonide and comes as a cream, an ointment, or a lotion. All of the generic versions of the drug have received an "AB" rating by the FDA, meaning these generic products are as good as brand-name DesOwen.

Can I Buy Generic DesOwen?

DesOwen® (desonide) is a prescription medication used to treat a wide variety of skin conditions, such as psoriasis and eczema. It is a topical steroid, which is applied directly on the affected areas of the skin two to three times day. It comes in the form of an ointment, a cream, and a lotion.
Brand-name DesOwen is made by DPT Laboratories, Ltd., for Galderma Laboratories, L.P. However, the patents for DesOwen have expired, and generic versions are also available.

Available Strengths

Generic DesOwen is available in the following strengths:
  • Desonide 0.05% cream
  • Desonide 0.05% ointment
  • Desonide 0.05% lotion.
Generic versions of this medicine are made by various manufacturers, including:
  • Taro Pharmaceuticals
  • Perrigo
  • Fougera.
It should be noted that the cream, ointment, and lotion are not interchangeable. For instance, if your healthcare provider writes you a prescription for the lotion, then you can receive only the lotion, not the cream or ointment.

Is Generic Desonide as Good as DesOwen?

All generic medications must undergo certain tests to compare them to brand-name medications. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) then looks at these tests to decide if the generics are equivalent to the brand-name medications and assigns each generic a rating. An "AB" rating means that the FDA has determined that a generic medication is equivalent to a brand-name drug.
All of the generic versions of desonide currently available have an "AB" rating, meaning they should be equivalent to DesOwen.
However, generic medications are allowed to have different inactive ingredients than the brand-name medicine. This might include fillers, dyes, or other ingredients that may cause problems for people with allergies or sensitivities.
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