Generic Name: Desoximetasone

  • What is Topicort?

    Topicort is a steroid medication that is used to relieve inflammation and itching of skin conditions. It is available in cream, gel, and ointment forms.

  • What is the most important information I should know about Topicort?

    When you use Topicort, some of the medication may be absorbed through your skin and into your bloodstream. Too much absorption can lead to unwanted side effects elsewhere in your body. Topicort can cause a serious side effect involving certain glands and hormones. Children may be at higher risk and experience delayed growth and weight gain.

    Avoid using large amounts of Topicort over large areas; do not use Topicort for extended periods of time; and do not cover areas to which you have applied Topicort with airtight dressings such as plastic wrap or adhesive bandages, unless your doctor specifically tells you to. Parents or caregivers should avoid using tight-fitting diapers or plastic pants on a child being treated in the diaper area.

  • Who should not take Topicort?

    Do not take Topicort if you are allergic to desoximetasone or any of its ingredients.

    Topicort ointment is not approved for children <10 years of age.

  • What should I tell my doctor before I take the first dose of Topicort?

    Mention all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medications you are taking before beginning treatment with Topicort. Also, talk to your doctor about your complete medical history, especially if you have Cushing's syndrome, high blood sugar, or skin infections.

  • What is the usual dosage?

    The information below is based on the dosage guidelines your doctor uses. Depending on your condition and medical history, your doctor may prescribe a different regimen. Do not change the dosage or stop taking your medication without your doctor's approval.

    Adults: Apply a thin film of Topicort cream, gel, or ointment to the affected areas twice daily. Rub in gently.

    Children: Use the least amount of Topicort necessary to relieve symptoms. Ask your doctor for specific instructions. Topicort ointment is not recommended for children <10 years of age.

  • How should I take Topicort?

    Use Topicort only as directed by your physician. Topicort is only for use on the skin. Be sure to keep this medication out of your eyes.

    Apply a thin coating of Topicort to the affected area. Rub in gently. The treated area should not be covered unless your doctor has told you to do so.

  • What should I avoid while taking Topicort?

    Avoid getting Topicort in your eyes. Do not use it to treat any condition other than the one for which it was prescribed.

    Parents or caregivers should avoid using tight-fitting diapers or plastic pants on a child being treated in the diaper area. This can increase unwanted absorption of Topicort.

  • What are possible food and drug interactions associated with Topicort?

    No significant interactions have been reported with Topicort. However, always tell your doctor about any medicines you take, including over-the-counter drugs, vitamins, and herbal supplements.

  • What are the possible side effects of Topicort?

    Side effects cannot be anticipated. If any develop or change in intensity, tell your doctor as soon as possible. Only your doctor can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking this drug.

    Side effects may include: acne, burning of the skin, dryness, increased hair growth, infection, inflammation of hair follicles, irritation, itching, loss of skin pigmentation, prickly heat, rash, redness, skin inflammation around the mouth, softening of the skin, stretch marks on the skin, thinning of the skin

    Report any signs of side effects to your doctor.

  • Can I receive Topicort if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?

    The effects of Topicort during pregnancy and breastfeeding are unknown. Tell your doctor immediately if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.

  • What should I do if I miss a dose of Topicort?

    If you miss a dose of Topicort, apply the missed dose as soon as you remember it. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the one you missed and return to your regular dosing schedule. Do not take two doses at one time.

  • How should I store Topicort?

    Store at room temperature.

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