Before you begin using a medication, be sure to inform your doctor of any medical conditions or allergies you may have, any medications you are taking, whether you are pregnant or breast-feeding, and any other significant facts about your health. These factors may affect how you should use this medication.
Absorption through the skin: Using this medication over large areas of skin for prolonged periods of time, or under dressings or bandages that don't breathe, may result in more of this medication being absorbed through the skin and causing unwanted
side effects. Do not cover any treated areas of skin with dressings or bandages.
If you experience symptoms of absorption of this medication through the skin, such as slowed healing of cuts, increased body hair, tiredness, weakness, increased thirst, or increased urination, contact your doctor as soon as possible.
Certain skin conditions: If you have a skin condition that impairs circulation to the skin, discuss with your doctor how this medication may affect your medical condition, how your medical condition may affect the dosing and effectiveness
of this medication, and whether any special monitoring is needed.
Eyes: Use this medication with caution on lesions close to the eye. Take care to ensure that it does not enter the eye, as glaucoma may result. Cataracts have been reported following internal use of corticosteroids.
Infections: Corticosteroids such as desonide foam can increase the risk of developing a skin infection. If you notice any signs of infection (e.g., redness, swelling, warmth, or pain) around where the medication is applied, contact your doctor.
Pregnancy: This medication should not be used during pregnancy unless the benefits outweigh the risks. If you become pregnant while taking this medication, contact your doctor immediately.
Breast-feeding: It is not known if desonide applied to the skin passes into breast milk. If you are a breast-feeding mother and are taking this medication, it may affect your baby. Talk to your doctor about whether you should continue breast-feeding.
Children: The safety and effectiveness of using this medication have not been established for children less than 1 year old. Children are at a greater risk of experiencing side effects (e.g., slowing down of growth, delayed weight gain) especially
when large amounts of this medication are used for long periods of time. Children should receive the smallest amount of this medication for the shortest period of time needed to effectively treat their skin condition.
Seniors: Seniors may be more likely to experience side effects from this medication. If you are a senior, you should discuss with your doctor whether any special monitoring is needed.