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Topicort Gel is a medical product consisting of a potent steroid called desoximetasone. We carry the brand choice of this medication in 0.05%!
Topicort Gel is used to help treat the inflammation resulting from plaque psoriasis or other skin conditions. Psoriasis is a long term skin disease where the skin cells have a much faster rate of growth and because of this, the surface of the skin will collect a buildup of cells. The buildup will form red, raised patches that are covered with silver-colored scales.
Topicort Gel (desoximetasone) is effective at treating inflammation caused by skin conditions such as plaque psoriasis because as a steroid, it can reduce the inflammation.
Do not use this medication through the mouth; it is meant for skin use only. If you get it in your eyes, rinse them out well with water. Ensure you follow your doctor’s instructions on how to use this medication very carefully.
To use this medication, wash your hands and ensure they are dry before proceeding. Apply a small thin layer of Gel to the affected areas of skin; rub it in gently.
Do not use Topicort Gel (desoximetasone)
Do not use this medication if you are allergic to desoximetasone.
Topicort Gel is not approved for those under the age of 18 years old.
Dose adjustment or special precautions may be required
Tell your doctor if you have ever had any type of skin infection, a skin reaction to any type of steroid medication, liver disease, diabetes, or an adrenal gland disorder.
Those with diabetes should be aware that this medication can increase the sugar levels in the blood or urine.
Children are more likely to experience side effects because they are able to absorb larger amounts of medication through the skin.
It has not yet been established if this medication will harm an unborn child. You should speak with your doctor before using this product.
Breast feeding may not be safe to do while using Topicort Gel. If you are breast feeding, it is recommended you speak with your doctor before starting treatment.
Common side effects of Topicort Gel (desoximetasone) may include:
The above side effects should not alarm you.
Serious side effects of Topicort Gel (desoximetasone) may include:
high blood sugar; increased thirst, increased urination, dry mouth, fruity breath odor.
If you have any of the above side effects or signs of complications, contact your doctor right away.
Please note this is not a complete list of side effects. Not everyone experiences side effects; they are not guaranteed. If you do have side effects and they become unmanageable, consult your doctor about alternate medications.
What is the difference between Topicort Cream and Topicort Gel?
They treat the same conditions, contain the same drug (desoximetasone), and even share some strengths; however, there are differences between the two. Creams are thicker than gels and usually more moisturizing; creams are ideal for those with dry, rough, or sensitive skin. Gels absorb into the skin faster, they have more of a watery and lighter structure than creams do and allow for a more hydrated finish than greasy; gels are ideal for those with oily or greasy skin.
Does this medication have any drug interactions?
Topical medications very rarely interact with other drugs, but with that being said, there are a lot of different drug interactions possible out there, some we may not know about. Tell your doctor about all medications you use, including; prescription medications, over-the-counter medications, herbal products, vitamins, and supplements.
What should I avoid while being treated with Topicort Gel?
Avoid using this medication on your face, groin, or underarms, applying the medication to a skin condition it was not prescribed for, and using any other type of topical (skin) medication, unless your doctor has specifically stated that you are allowed too.
How long until I start feeling relief?
You should begin feeling relief by the end of the first week of treatment. If your condition does not improve after two weeks, consult your doctor.
What happens if I miss a dose?
Apply the missed dose as soon as you remember or skip it if your next dose is approaching soon. Do not attempt to make up for a missed dose by doubling up on Gel during your next dose.
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