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Desonide Foam Side Effects

Common Side Effects

Desonide foam has been studied extensively in clinical trials. In these studies, one group of people received desonide foam, while another group was given a placebo (a foam that does not contain any active ingredients). As a result, it was possible to see what side effects occurred, how often they appeared, and how they compared to the placebo.
In clinical trials, the most common reactions to desonide foam included:
  • Upper respiratory tract infections (such as the common cold) -- in up to 10 percent of people
  • Cough -- up to 4 percent
  • Burning at the application site -- up to 3 percent
  • Viral infections -- up to 2 percent
  • Increased blood pressure -- up to 2 percent
  • Headache -- up to 2 percent.
Other common adverse reactions, each occurring in 1 percent of people, included:
  • Asthma
  • Irritability
  • A sore throat
  • Weakening and thinning of the skin
  • Reactions at the application site, such as:
In general, side effects are more likely to occur if a dressing, such as a bandage, is used to cover the medicine. Do not use a dressing unless your healthcare provider specifically recommends that you do so.

Long-Term Side Effects of Desonide Foam

Using steroids like desonide foam over long periods can cause a different set of side effects. These reactions are most likely to be seen in people who use this medicine over a large area of the body for a long time. Some of the problems seen with long-term use might include:
  • Weight gain
  • Bulging eyes
  • Fluid retention
  • Osteoporosis
  • Loss of muscle
  • Fat deposits on the face and back, causing a round face and a fatty hump on back of the neck
  • Diabetes
  • Cataracts
  • Stunted growth (in children).
Keep in mind that these problems are more common with systemic steroids, which are taken by mouth or injection, and are probably quite rare with desonide foam. In addition, it is not recommended to use desonide foam for longer than four weeks at a time.
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