Generic Medicine Info
Indications and Dosage
Corticosteroid-responsive dermatoses
Adult: As 0.05% cream, oint, or lotion: Apply sparingly onto the affected areas 2-4 times daily until optimal response is achieved. Max duration of therapy: 8 wk.
Child: ≥ 2 yr Same as adult dose.

Atopic dermatitis
Adult: As 0.05% foam or gel: Apply to affected area(s) bid. Max duration of therapy: 4 wk.
Child: ≥3 mth Same as adult dose.
Viral skin infections (e.g. vaccinia, herpes simplex), TB, acne and rosacea; ulcerated lesions.
Special Precautions
Childn. Pregnancy and lactation.
Adverse Reactions
Pruritus, pain, folliculitis, rash, peripheral oedema, pustular rash, sweating, erythema, irritation, burning, itching, dryness, hypertrichosis, acneiform eruptions, hypopigmentation, perioral dermatitis, allergic contact dermatitis, skin maceration/atrophy, secondary infection, striae and miliaria. Adrenal suppression, manifestations of Cushing syndrome, hyperglycaemia or glycosuria, facial swelling, withdrawal syndrome, growth retardation in childn (systemic).
Patient Counseling Information
Avoid use w/ occlusive dressing. Desonide foam is flammable, do not smoke during or immediately after application.
Monitoring Parameters
Monitor for hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis suppression thru ACTH stimulation test, plasma cortisol test and urinary free cortisol test; signs and symptoms of bacterial or fungal infection.
Drug Interactions
Enhanced effect w/ other topical corticosteroids.
Mechanism of Action: Desonide is a synthetic corticosteroid that induces phospholipase A2 inhibitory proteins (lipocortins) and sequentially inhibits release of arachidonic acid, hence depresses the formation, release, and activity of chemical inflammatory mediators.
Absorption: Absorbed through normal skin; increased percutaneous absorption in traumatised or inflamed skin.
Metabolism: Metabolised in the liver.
Excretion: Mainly via urine; bile.
Chemical Structure

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Source: National Center for Biotechnology Information. PubChem Database. Desonide, CID=5311066, (accessed on Jan. 20, 2020)

Store between 20-25°C.
MIMS Class
Topical Corticosteroids
ATC Classification
D07AB08 - desonide ; Belongs to the class of moderately potent (group II) corticosteroids. Used in the treatment of dermatological diseases.
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