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Topicort Side Effects Center
Medical Editor: John P. Cunha, DO, FACOEP
Topicort (desoximetasone) is used treat to the inflammation and itching caused by a number of skin conditions such as allergic reactions, eczema, and psoriasis. Topicort is a topical (for the skin) steroid. This medication is available in generic form. Common side effects include burning, itching, irritation, or dryness when this medication is first applied to the skin.
Topicort comes in a 0.05% dose ointment, applied in a thin film to the affected skin areas twice daily. It is not likely that other drugs you take orally or inject will have an effect on topically applied Topicort. But many drugs can interact with each other. Tell your doctor about all your prescription and over-the-counter medications, vitamins, minerals, herbal products, and drugs prescribed by other doctors. Do not start a new medication without telling your doctor. Topicort should be used only when prescribed during pregnancy. It is not known whether this drug, when applied to the skin, passes into breast milk. Other medications in this class, when taken by mouth, pass into breast milk. Consult your doctor before breast-feeding.
Our Topicort Side Effects Drug Center provides a comprehensive view of available drug information on the potential side effects when taking this medication.
This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
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Topicort in Detail - Patient Information: Side Effects
Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficult breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.
Stop using this medication and call your doctor at once if you have severe irritation of any treated skin, or if you show signs of absorbing desoximetasone topical through your skin, such as:
- blurred vision, or seeing halos around lights;
- mood changes;
- sleep problems (insomnia);
- weight gain, puffiness in your face; or
- muscle weakness, feeling tired.
Less serious side effects may include:
- mild skin itching, burning, peeling, or dryness;
- thinning or softening of your skin;
- skin rash or irritation around your mouth;
- swollen hair follicles;
- changes in color of treated skin;
- blisters, pimples, or crusting of treated skin; or
- stretch marks.
Read the entire detailed patient monograph for Topicort (Desoximetasone)
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Topicort FDA Prescribing Information: Side Effects
The following local adverse reactions are reported infrequently with topical corticosteroids, but may occur more frequently with the use of occlusive dressings. These reactions are listed in an approximate decreasing order of occurrence:
Burning, itching, irritation, dryness, folliculitis, hypertrichosis, acneiform eruptions, hypopigmentation, perioral dermatitis, allergic contact dermatitis, maceration of the skin, secondary infection, skin atrophy, striae, and miliaria.
In controlled clinical studies the incidence of adverse reactions was low (0.2%) for Topicort® (desoximetasone) Ointment USP, 0.05% and included mild burning sensation at the site of application.
Read the entire FDA prescribing information for Topicort (Desoximetasone)
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