Generic Name: Desonide

  • What is this medication and its most common uses?

    Verdeso is a topical medicine (applied directly on the skin) used to treat eczema. Verdeso is available as foam.

  • What should I know when beginning and continuing on this medication?

    How does this medication work?

    Verdeso works by reducing skin irritation, such as swelling and itching, thereby improving your eczema symptoms.

    What are the beneficial effects of this medication and when should I begin to have results?

    What: Verdeso has been shown to clear or almost clear your eczema symptoms, such as redness and bumps.

    When: Everyone responds differently to treatment, so try to be patient and follow your healthcare provider's directions. It is important that you use Verdeso exactly as your healthcare provider has prescribed.

    How do I know it is working?

    You may notice an improvement in your eczema symptoms once you begin using Verdeso. This is a good indicator that your medication is working. Your healthcare provider may ask you questions to assess how well your symptoms are controlled.

  • What are the possible side effects of this medication?

    The following is not a full list of side effects. Side effects cannot be anticipated. If any develop or change in intensity, tell your healthcare provider as soon as possible. Only your healthcare provider can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking this medication.

    More common side effects may include: upper respiratory infection, cough, application-site burning, headache, increased blood pressure.

    Less common side effects may include:

    Adrenal insufficiency (a disorder where the body does not make enough of certain hormones), with symptoms such as tiredness that worsens and does not go away, nausea or vomiting, dizziness or fainting, muscle weakness, irritability and depression, loss of appetite, or weight loss.

    Cushing's syndrome (a hormone disorder), with symptoms such as weight gain, especially around your upper back and midsection; slow healing of cuts, insect bites, and infections; tiredness and muscle weakness; depression, anxiety, and irritability; roundness of your face (moon face); or new or worsening high blood pressure.

    High blood sugar, with symptoms such as excessive thirst, an increase in urination, increased appetite, weakness, confusion, fruity smelling breath, or feeling sick to your stomach.

    Skin reactions, with symptoms such as irritation or an infection.

  • Who should not take this medication?

    Do not use Verdeso if you are allergic to it or any of its ingredients.

  • What should I tell my healthcare provider before I take the first dose of this medication?

    Tell your healthcare provider about all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medications you are taking before beginning treatment with Verdeso. Also, talk to your healthcare provider about your complete medical history, especially if you have a skin infection, are taking other similar medicines (such as hydrocortisone), or plan to have surgery.

  • What is the usual dosage?

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

    Adults: Apply a thin layer twice a day to the affected area(s) as directed by your healthcare provider.

  • How should I take this medication?

    Use Verdeso exactly as prescribed by your healthcare provider. Do not use it more often or stop using it without first talking to your healthcare provider.

    Shake the can before using.

    Do not apply Verdeso directly on your face. Place it in your hands and gently massage the affected area(s) of your face until the medicine disappears. Do not get it in your eyes or on your lips.

    For areas other than the face, apply Verdeso directly on the affected area(s).

    Wash your hands after applying Verdeso.

    Verdeso is flammable. Do not go near fire, an open flame, or smoking while you are applying and right after you apply Verdeso.

    Do not use Verdeso for longer than 4 weeks in a row. If you do not see an improvement in your condition in 4 weeks, call your healthcare provider.

  • What should I avoid while taking this medication?

    Do not get Verdeso in your eyes, mouth, or vagina.

    Do not bandage or cover the skin treated with Verdeso unless your healthcare provider tells you to.

    Do not burn or puncture the container.

  • What are the possible food and drug interactions associated with this medication?

    No significant interactions have been reported with Verdeso at this time. However, always tell your healthcare provider about any medicines you take, including over-the-counter medications, vitamins, and herbal supplements.

  • May I receive this medication if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?

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

  • What should I do if I miss a dose of this medication?

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

  • How should I store this medication?

    Store at room temperature. Do not expose to heat. Do not refrigerate or freeze.

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