What do I need to know about prescribed topicals?

Editor’s Note: For nearly 12 months I was prescribed acitretin (25mg – 50mg) and I applied prescribed topical creams: Clobetasol (palms and soles), Desonide (face and ears) and triamcinolone (everything else). While the PRP community discusses over-the-counter moisturizers, there is very little discussion of prescribed topicals. Perhaps this post will help jumpstart that discussion.

Triamcinolone

Triamcinolone is used to treat the itching, redness, dryness, crusting, scaling, inflammation, and discomfort of various skin conditions. It is also used to relieve the discomfort of mouth sores. This medication is sometimes prescribed for other uses; ask your doctor or pharmacist for more information. Brand names: Kenalog® Topical Cream and Ointment, Triacet®

Click HERE to learn more about triamcinolone at MedlinePlus (U.S. Library of Medicine)

Desonide Topical

Desonide is used to treat the redness, swelling, itching, and discomfort of various skin conditions. Desonide is in a class of medications called topical corticosteroids. It works by activating natural substances in the skin to reduce swelling, redness, and itching. Brand names: Desonate®, DesOwen®, Verdeso®

Click HERE to learn more about Desonide at MedlinePlus (U.S. Library of Medicine)

Clobetasol

Clobetasol is used to treat the itching, redness, dryness, crusting, scaling, inflammation, and discomfort of various scalp and skin conditions.

This medication is sometimes prescribed for other uses; ask your doctor or pharmacist for more information. Brand names: Clobex® Medicated Shampoo, Cormax® Cream, Embeline®, Olux® Topical Foam and Temovate®

Click HERE to learn more about Clobetasol at MedlinePlus (U.S. Library of Medicine)

Editor’s Note
What works for one doesn’t work for all.  What has been your experience with prescribed topicals? Please use “Leave a Reply” below to share your insights.

SG Acitretin / Soriatane

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