Desoximetasone is a medication belonging to the family of medications known as topical corticosteroids. It is used for the relief of various skin conditions, including rashes. It helps to reduce redness, itching, and irritation. Desoximetasone is a synthetic corticosteroid, a class of primarily synthetic steroids used as anti-inflammatory and anti-pruritic agents.
There are two brand name products:
- Topicort Emollient Cream (0.25% desoximetasone)
- Topicort LP Emollient Cream (0.05% desoximetasone)
When using desoximetasone, some of the medication may be absorbed through the skin and into the bloodstream. Too much absorption can lead to unwanted side effects elsewhere in the body. To keep this problem to a minimum, avoid using large amounts of desoximetasone over large areas, do not use it for extended periods of time, and do not cover it with airtight dressings such as plastic wrap or adhesive bandages unless specifically told to by your doctor. Children may absorb more medication than adults do. Desoximetasone is for use only on the skin and should be kept out of the eyes.
Desoximetasone can also be used to treat some types of psoriasis.