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Precautions and Warnings With Desonide Foam

Desonide foam may not be suitable for treating atopic dermatitis in some people, so make sure your healthcare provider knows if you have any allergies or if you are pregnant or breastfeeding. Other precautions for desonide foam include warnings of complications that may occur with long-term use, such as diabetes, Cushing's syndrome, or an inability for your body to make its own natural steroids.

What Should I Tell My Healthcare Provider?

You should talk with your healthcare provider prior to using desonide foam (Verdeso®) if you:
  • Are pregnant or thinking of becoming pregnant
  • Are breastfeeding
  • Have any allergies, including to foods, dyes, or preservatives.
You should also tell your healthcare provider about all other medications you are taking, including prescription and nonprescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.

Specific Desonide Foam Precautions and Warnings

Some warnings and precautions to be aware of before using this medicated skin foam include the following:
  • Desonide foam is a steroid and can cause serious side effects, such as Cushing's syndrome or diabetes. Although this is more likely to occur with oral or injectable steroids, it is still possible with topical steroids, including desonide foam. The more you apply and the longer you use the drug, the more likely these problems are to occur. Covering the medicine with a dressing (which is not recommended) may also increase this risk.
  • It is not recommended to use desonide foam for longer than four weeks at a time. Although the drug is quite effective, it should not be used on a long-term basis.
  • If you use this medication for an extended period, which is not recommended, it may lead to Cushing's syndrome. This condition is a group of symptoms caused by prolonged exposure to steroids. Contact your healthcare provider if you develop any signs of this condition, such as:
    • A rounded face
    • Unusual body fat distribution (more fat in the trunk, face, and neck, and less fat in the arms and legs)
    • High blood sugar levels.
  • Desonide foam can suppress the body's ability to make natural steroids. This typically happens when large doses are used over a long period, which is not recommended. In such circumstances, the medicine should be stopped gradually to give your body a chance to begin making its own natural steroids again. If this is not feasible, you might need to take an oral steroid for a while after which you will slowly be weaned off the oral steroid.
  • Like all steroids, desonide foam may slow down the growth rate of children and teenagers. Contact your child's healthcare provider if you are concerned about a slow growth rate in your child. In general, children may be more susceptible to side effects of steroids. Close monitoring is necessary for any child receiving long-term steroids.
  • If you develop a skin infection while using desonide foam, you will need to be treated with appropriate antibiotics or antifungal medications. If the infection does not clear up, you may need to stop using desonide foam.
  • The contents of the canister are flammable. Do not expose this product to flame or temperatures above 120°F.
  • Desonide foam is a pregnancy Category C medication. This means that it may not be safe for use during pregnancy, although the full risks are currently unknown (see Verdeso and Pregnancy).
  • It is unknown if desonide foam passes through breast milk. Therefore, if you are breastfeeding or plan to start, discuss this with your healthcare provider prior to using this skin foam (see Verdeso and Breastfeeding).
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