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Generic name: Diflorasone diacetate
Why is this drug prescribed: Psorcon is prescribed for the relief of the inflammation and itching of skin disorders that respond to the application of steroids (hormones produced by the body that have potent anti-inflammatory effects). Psorcon is available in ointment and cream forms, and in emollient ointment and cream.
Most important fact about this drug: When you use Psorcon, you inevitably absorb some of the medication through your skin and into the bloodstream. Too much absorption can lead to unwanted side effects elsewhere in the body. To keep this problem to a minimum, avoid using large amounts of Psorcon over large areas, and do not cover it with airtight dressings such as plastic wrap or adhesive bandages unless specifically told to by your doctor.
How should you take this medication: Use this medication exactly as prescribed. Psorcon is for use only on the skin. Be careful to keep it out of your eyes. ---If you miss a dose... Apply it as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for the next dose, skip the one you missed and go back to your regular schedule. ---Storage instructions... Store at room temperature.
What side effects may occur: Side effects cannot be anticipated. If any develop or change in intensity, inform your doctor as soon as possible. Only your doctor can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking Psorcon. Side effects may include: Burning, dryness, eruptions resembling acne, excessive discoloring of the skin, excessive growth of hair, inflammation of hair follicles, inflammation around the mouth, irritation, itching, prickly heat, secondary infection, severe inflammation of the skin, softening of the skin, stretch marks, stretching or thinning of the skin
Why should this drug not be prescribed: If you are sensitive to or have ever had an allergic reaction to diflorasone diacetate or other drugs of this type (antifungals, steroids), you should not take this medication. Make sure your doctor is aware of any drug reactions you have experienced.
Special warnings about this medication: Remember that absorption of Psorcon through the skin can affect the whole body. Although it's unusual (most common if Psorcon is spread over large areas of the skin), you could develop symptoms of steroid excess such as weight gain, reddening and rounding of the face and neck, growth of excess body and facial hair, high blood pressure, emotional disturbances, loss of energy due to high blood sugar, and increase in frequency of urination. Do not use this drug for any disorder other than the one for which it was prescribed. The treated skin area should not be bandaged, covered, or wrapped unless otherwise directed by your doctor. Avoid covering a treated area with waterproof diapers or plastic pants. They can cause unwanted absorption of Psorcon. If an irritation or allergic reaction develops while you are using Psorcon, notify your doctor.
Possible food and drug interactions when taking this medication: No interactions with food or other drugs have been reported.
Special information if you are pregnant or breastfeeding: If you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant, inform your doctor before using Psorcon. In general, women who are pregnant should not use steroids extensively, in large amounts, or over long periods of time. It is not known whether this medication appears in breast milk. If this drug is essential to your health, your doctor may advise you to discontinue breastfeeding until treatment with this medication is finished.
Recommended dosage: ADULTS: Psorcon ointment should be applied as a thin film over the affected area from 1 to 3 times a day, depending on the severity or resistant nature of the condition. The emollient ointment may be applied up to 4 times daily. Psorcon cream should be applied twice a day. The emollient cream may be applied up to 3 times a day. Your doctor may recommend airtight bandages for the management of psoriasis (a chronic skin disorder) or other stubborn skin conditions. If an infection develops, you should stop using airtight dressings. CHILDREN: Your doctor will limit the use of Psorcon for your child to the least amount that is effective. Long-term treatment may interfere with the growth and development of children.
Overdosage: An acute overdosage is unlikely with the use of Psorcon; however, long-term or prolonged use can produce side effects throughout your body. If you suspect an overdose, seek medical attention immediately.