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Topicort Gel is a topical medication used as anti-inflammatory and anti-pruritic agents. It can be prescribed as a potent topical corticosteroid for treating the symptoms of redness, swelling, itching, and inflammation caused by contact.
Topicort Gel contains the active synthetic corticosteroid desoximetasone and it belongs to the class of topical corticosteroids. Desoximetasone reduces swelling, itching, and other symptoms associated with various skin conditions such as eczema, dermatitis, allergies, and rash.
It is available only with a prescription and should be used under the guidance of your healthcare provider.
Use and Dosage
Topicort Gel is applied directly to the affected area(s) of the skin, usually once or twice daily, or as directed by your healthcare provider.
To use Topicort Gel, follow these steps:
- Wash your hands thoroughly before using the medication.
- Apply a thin layer of the gel to the affected area of skin.
- Rub the gel gently into the skin until it is completely absorbed.
- Do not cover the area with a bandage or other dressing unless directed to do so by your healthcare provider.
- Use Topicort Gel as directed by your healthcare provider. It is usually applied once or twice a day.
Please note that Topicort Gel is for topical use only and should not be used on the face or in other sensitive areas unless directed to do so by your healthcare provider. Avoid getting the gel in your eyes, nose, or mouth. If the gel gets into your eyes, rinse them thoroughly with water. Do not use it on open wounds or infected skin. If you experience any side effects or have any concerns about using the gel, consult with your healthcare provider.
Common Side Effects of Topicort Gel (Desoximetasone):
- Changes in color of treated skin
- Crusting of treated skin.
- Peeling or dryness when the gel is first applied to the skin.
- Skin rash or irritation around your mouth
- Stretch marks
- Swollen hair follicles
- Thinning or softening of your skin
Serious Side Effects of Topicort Gel (Desoximetasone):
- Blurred vision
- Difficulty breathing
- Discolored skin
- Dry mouth
- Eye pain
- Fruity breath odor
- Increased body hair
- Increased thirst
- Increased urination
- Menstrual changes
- Mood changes
- Muscle weakness
- Redness warmth swelling oozing or severe irritation of any treated skin
- Seeing halos around lights
- Sexual changes
- Slow wound healing
- Swelling of your face lips tongue or throat
- Thinning skin
- Tunnel vision
- Weight gain (especially in your face or your upper back and torso)
- Worsening of your skin condition
Forms and Strength
Topicort Gel (Desoximetasone) is available in the following forms and strength:
Topicort Gel: Gel
- Topicort Gel should be used with caution in patients with a history of hypersensitivity to any of its ingredients.
- Topical corticosteroids, including Topicort Gel, should be used cautiously in patients with a history of corticosteroid-induced dermatitis.
- Prolonged use of Topicort Gel may cause skin atrophy, which can present as thinning of the skin, striae, telangiectasia, and increased vulnerability to infection.
- Topically applied corticosteroids can be absorbed in sufficient amounts to produce systemic effects, and therefore Topicort Gel should be used with caution in patients with known or suspected adrenal insufficiency since it may lead to adrenal suppression.
- Patients using Topicort Gel should avoid using it on their face, groin, or armpit unless directed by their physician, and avoid prolonged use on large areas of the body.
- The use of Topicort Gel during pregnancy and lactation should be avoided unless the potential benefits outweigh the risks.
- Topicort Gel should not be used to treat any viral or fungal infections of the skin, such as herpes simplex virus, varicella-zoster virus, or tinea (ringworm) infections, as it may worsen the condition.
- Use of Topicort Gel may cause local adverse reactions such as skin irritation, dryness, stinging and burning sensation, and itching.
- Patients who are using topical corticosteroids should avoid exposure to sunlight or artificial UV rays.
- The use of Topicort Gel should be avoided in pediatric patients under the age of 12, or as directed by the physician.
- Patients using Topicort Gel should avoid contact with the eyes since it may cause eye irritation.
- Patients should inform their healthcare provider about all other medications, vitamins and supplements they are taking before using Topicort gel.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
How long does it take for Topicort Gel to work?
The amount of time it takes for Topicort Gel to work varies depending on the condition being treated and the severity of the symptoms. Some people may start to see improvement within a few days, while others may take a few weeks to notice a difference.
Can I use Topicort Gel on my face?
Topicort Gel should not be used on the face unless directed to do so by your healthcare provider. The skin on the face is thinner and more sensitive than other parts of the body, and long-term use of topical corticosteroids on the face can cause skin thinning and increased risk of infection.
Can I use Topicort Gel with other medications?
Before using Topicort Gel with other medications, consult with your healthcare provider. Some medications may interact with topical corticosteroids, and your doctor may need to adjust the dosages or monitor you more closely.
How long can I use Topicort Gel for?
Topicort Gel should not be used for more than two weeks unless directed to do so by your healthcare provider. Prolonged use of topical corticosteroids can cause skin thinning, stretch marks, and other side effects.
Is Topicort Gel safe for children?
Topicort Gel can be used on children as young as three months old but should be used under the guidance of a healthcare provider. Children are more likely to experience side effects from topical corticosteroids, use only as directed.
It's important to purchase Topicort Gel from verified Canadian pharmacy.