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Generic Name: halobetasol topical (ha low BAY ta sol)
What is halobetasol topical?
Halobetasol is a topical steroid. It reduces or inhibits the actions of chemicals in the body that cause inflammation, redness, and swelling.
Halobetasol is used to treat inflammation caused by a number of conditions such as allergic reactions, eczema, and psoriasis.
Halobetasol topical may also be used for purposes other than those listed in this medication guide.
What is the most important information I should know about halobetasol topical?Do not use plastic bandages, dressings, or diapers that do not allow air to circulate to the area (occlusive dressings) unless your doctor directs you to do so. The use of occlusive dressings can greatly increase the amount of drug the body absorbs. If you do use an occlusive dressing, do not use it for more than 12 hours a day.
Do not use halobetasol topical to treat any area of the body that it is not prescribed for. This could be dangerous.Halobetasol topical is not approved for use by children younger than 12 years of age. Do not use halobetasol topical to treat a child, unless it is prescribed by a doctor for the child. Children are more sensitive to the effects of halobetasol topical.
Do not use more than 50 grams of halobetasol cream or ointment in one week or apply it for longer than 2 weeks in a row.
What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before using halobetasol topical?
Return to your doctor if the condition does not improve or if it gets worse. Halobetasol topical alone will not treat the condition if it is an infection.Halobetasol topical is in the FDA pregnancy category C. This means that it is not known whether halobetasol topical will be harmful to an unborn baby. Do not use this medication without first talking to your doctor if you are pregnant or could become pregnant during treatment. If it is necessary to use halobetasol during pregnancy, the smallest amount possible should be applied, for the shortest time necessary to treat the condition, under the supervision of a doctor. It is not known whether halobetasol passes into breast milk. Do not use halobetasol topical without first talking to your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby. Halobetasol topical is not approved for use by children younger than 12 years of age. Do not use halobetasol topical to treat a child, unless it is prescribed by a doctor for the child. Children are more sensitive to the effects of halobetasol topical.
How should I use halobetasol topical?Apply the cream or ointment exactly as directed by your doctor. If you do not understand these directions, ask your pharmacist, nurse, or doctor to explain them to you.
Wash your hands before and after each application, unless you are using halobetasol topical to treat a hand condition.
Apply a small amount to the affected area and rub it gently into the skin.
Use caution on areas where the skin creases, such as armpits, knees, and elbows. These areas may absorb more medication. Also, avoid the eyes, mouth, and mucous membranes.
If you need to protect the area, it can be covered with a breathable cotton-gauze dressing. Avoid using plastic, occlusive dressings that do not allow air to circulate to the area.
Do not use halobetasol topical to treat any area of the body that it is not prescribed for. This could be dangerous.
Do not use more than 50 grams of halobetasol cream or ointment in 1 week or apply it for longer than 2 weeks in a row.
It is important to use halobetasol topical regularly to get the most benefit.Store halobetasol topical at room temperature away from moisture and heat.
What happens if I miss a dose?
Apply the missed dose as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for the next dose, skip the dose you missed and apply your the regularly scheduled dose. Do not use a double dose of this medication unless otherwise directed by your doctor.
What happens if I overdose?
An overdose of halobetasol topical is not likely to threaten life. If the medication is ingested, or if a large amount is used over a large area and you are experiencing side effects, call an emergency room or a poison control center for advice.
What should I avoid while using halobetasol topical?Do not use plastic bandages, dressings, or diapers that do not allow air to circulate to the area (occlusive dressings) unless your doctor directs you to do so. The use of occlusive dressings can greatly increase the amount of drug the body absorbs. If you do use an occlusive dressing, do not use it for more than 12 hours a day. Do not use other topical products on the treated area, unless otherwise directed by your doctor.
Halobetasol topical side effects
No serious systemic side effects are expected unless a large amount of halobetasol topical is used for a long period of time. If the drug is being absorbed by the body in large amounts, you may experience blurred vision, halos around lights, an irregular heartbeat, insomnia, mood changes, weight gain, or fatigue. If you experience any unusual side effects, notify your doctor.
Less serious side effects are more likely to occur. You may experience some redness, blistering, burning, itching, or peeling at the application site. Continue to use halobetasol topical and talk to your doctor about your side effects.
Other local side effects may also occur, especially with prolonged use of halobetasol topical. These may include thinning of the skin, prolonged redness, and stretch marks.
Side effects other than those listed here may also occur. Talk to your doctor about any side effect that seems unusual or that is especially bothersome.
What other drugs will affect halobetasol topical?Do not use other topical products on the treated area, unless otherwise directed by your doctor.
Drugs other than those listed here may also interact with halobetasol topical. Talk to your doctor and pharmacist before taking or using any other prescription or over-the-counter medicines, including vitamins, minerals, and herbal products.
Where can I get more information?
What does my medication look like?
Halobetasol topical is available with a prescription under the brand name Ultravate. Other brand or generic formulations of this medication may also be available. Ask your pharmacist any questions you have about this medication, especially if it is new to you.
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