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Info about Halobetasol

Brand Name(s): Ultravate

Generic Name Halobetasol

What is halobetasol skin cream or ointment?

HALOBETASOL (Ultravate®) is a corticosteroid. Halobetasol treats skin problems that are accompanied by itching, redness, and swelling. Generic halobetasol skin cream and ointment are available.

What should my health care professional know before I use diflorasone?

They need to know if you have any of these conditions:

  • any type of active infection including measles, tuberculosis, herpes, or chickenpox
  • circulation problems or vascular disease
  • large areas of burned or damaged skin
  • thinning of the skin
  • an unusual or allergic reaction to halobetasol, steroids, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
  • pregnant or trying to get pregnant
  • breast-feeding

How should I use this medicine?

Halobetasol skin cream or ointment is for external use only on the skin; do not take by mouth. Follow the directions on the prescription label. Wash your hands before and after use. Apply a thin film to the affected areas and rub in gently. To avoid the increased chance of side effects, do not use your medicine more often than directed or for a longer period of time than ordered by your prescriber.

Do not bandage or wrap the skin being treated unless directed to do so by your prescriber or health care professional. If your health care professional has instructed you to use a dressing (covering) over this medicine, make sure you know how to apply it.

Do not get halobetasol in the eyes. If you do, rinse the eyes out with plenty of cool tap water.

Contact your pediatrician or health care professional regarding the use of this medicine in children. Special care may be needed.

What if I miss a dose?

If it is almost time for your next dose, use only that dose. Do not use double or extra doses.

What drug(s) may interact with diflorasone?

There are no known interactions between halobetasol skin preparations and other drugs.

Tell your prescriber or health care professional about other skin products you are using. Do not apply halobetasol at the same site as other skin preparations without advice.

What side effects may I notice from using halobetasol?

Side effects that you should report to your prescriber or health care professional as soon as possible:

  • lack of healing of the skin condition
  • painful, red, pus-filled blisters on the skin or in hair follicles
  • severe burning and continued itching of the skin
  • thinning of the skin with easy bruising
  • any changes in vision

Other serious side effects can develop if you use halobetasol for a long time, or if you use too much. Contact your prescriber or health care professional if you notice any unusual effects.

Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your prescriber or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):

  • burning, itching, or irritation of the skin
  • increased redness or scaling of the skin

What should I watch for while taking halobetasol?

Tell your prescriber or health care professional if your symptoms do not improve after one week of halobetasol use, or if you develop skin irritation from the medicine. It is important not to use more halobetasol than prescribed, and to apply the medication only to the affected areas as directed by your health care professional. Do not use over large areas of skin, and avoid getting diflorasone in the eyes.

Tell your prescriber or health care professional if you are exposed to anyone with measles or chickenpox, or if you develop sores or blisters that do not heal properly.

To prevent infection of the skin, or contamination of the medicine, do not share your halobetasol prescription with anyone else.

If you are going to have surgery tell your prescriber or health care professional that you are applying halobetasol to your skin.

Where can I keep my medicine?

Keep out of the reach of children in a container that small children cannot open.

Store at room temperature, 15 and 30 °C (59 and 86 °F). Throw away any unused medicine after the expiration date.


(Note: The above information is not intended to replace the advice of your physician, pharmacist, or other healthcare professional. It is not meant to indicate that the use of the product is safe, appropriate, or effective for you.)

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