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Composition for DESOWEN

Desonide Topical(0.05%w/w)

food interaction for DESOWEN

alcohol interaction for DESOWEN

pregnancy interaction for DESOWEN

lactation interaction for DESOWEN

It can be taken with or without food, but it is better to take Desowen 0.05%w/w cream at a fixed time.
Interaction with alcohol is unknown. Please consult your doctor.
Desowen 0.05%w/w cream may be unsafe to use during pregnancy.
Either animal studies have shown adverse effect on fetus and there are no human studies or studies in human and animals are not available. It should be given only if potential benefits justifies risk to the fetus. Please consult your doctor.
Desowen 0.05%w/w cream is probably safe to use during breastfeeding. Please consult your doctor.


Desonide Topical(0.05%w/w)


Desowen 0.05%w/w cream is used for treating symptoms of skin discomfort such as redness, dryness, itching and crusting which may arise due to skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis or allergic reactions.

How it works

Desonide belongs to a class of medications called as corticosteroids. It activates certain chemicals in the body called as lipocortins, which inhibits the release of certain substances responsible for causing inflammation (swelling, itching and redness) of skin, thereby providing symptom relief.

Common side effects

Acne-like rash, Aphonia (loss of voice), Application site burning, Application site irritation, Body ache, Chills, Cough, Shortness of breath, Fatigue, Weakness, Inflammation of hair follicles, Headache, Lightening of skin color, Running nose, Nasal congestion, Sneezing, Sore throat, Stretch marks

Common Dosage

Patients taking this medicines

  • 73%
    One Time A Day
  • 22%
    Two Times A Day
  • 3%
    Three Times A Day
  • 1%
    Four Times A Day


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Expert advice for DESOWEN

  • Inform your doctor if you have/had diabetes, any conditions that affect the immune system such as acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) or severe combined immunodeficiency syndrome (SCID), Cushing's syndrome (condition caused by excess steroids in the body leading to rounding of face and belly, thinning of arms and legs, stretched and fragile skin, high blood pressure etc), problems related to blood circulation.
  • Do not use desonide for any other condition/skin problem which has not been examined by a doctor. 
  • Do not cover/wrap /apply bandage to the treated skin or do not use it on the groin or underarms, unless your doctor has advised to do so.
  • Do not wash or rinse the treated skin area directly after applying desonide.
  • Do not use cosmetics or other skin care products on the treated areas.
  • Consult your doctor if the symptoms do not improve or get worse after 2 weeks of treatment with desonide.
  • Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or are planning to become pregnant or are breastfeeding.
  • It should not take if patient is allergic to desonide or any of its ingredients.
  • It should not given to children <3 months of age.

Frequently asked questions for DESOWEN

Desonide Topical

Q. Is desonide a steroid?
Yes. Desonide belongs to a class of medicines called topical corticosteroids.
Q. Is desonide topical safe for face/eyelids?
Desonide topical can be applied to the affected area on face by taking the medicine in hands and then gently rubbing it to the affected area of the face. It should not be used on eyes/area around eyes. Always follow the instructions of the doctor regarding its use.
Q. Is desonide topical an antifungal/does it treat ringworm?
No, desonide topical is not an antifungal medicine and it does not treat ringworm.
Q. Is desonide cream used for acne?
No. Desonide is not used for treating acne. 
Q. Does desonide lighten skin/ thin skin?
Desonide may cause lightening of treated skin as a side effect. It is known to cause skin thinning if used for a long period of time or in overdose. Please follow your doctor’s instructions carefully about use of desonide.
Q. Is desonide cream safe for babies?
Use of desonide cream, lotion, and ointment in children, and the use of other formulations like desonide foam and gel in children below 3 months of age are not recommended due to the risk of serious side-effects, however, if required it will be determined by the doctor.


Content on this page was last updated on 13 July, 2016, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)