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Halobetasol

Halobetasol

Uses

This medication is used to treat a variety of skin conditions (e.g., eczema, dermatitis, allergies, rash). Halobetasol reduces the swelling, itching, and redness that can occur in these types of conditions. This medication is a very strong (super-high potency) corticosteroid.

Why it's used

Halobetasol is used to relieve skin conditions that cause inflammation (flare-ups) and itching of the skin. These conditions may include eczema, poison ivy, insect bites, rashes, allergies, dermatitis, and psoriasis.

How it works

Halobetasol belongs to a class of drugs called topical corticosteroids. A class of drugs is a group of medications that work in a similar way. These drugs are often used to treat similar conditions.

It isn’t known exactly how halobetasol works. It’s thought that it reduces certain chemicals (prostaglandins and leukotrienes) that cause inflammation and itching in your body.

How to use Halobetasol Propionate Cream

Use this medication on the skin only. Do not use it on the face, groin or underarms unless directed to do so by your doctor.

Before applying the medication, clean and dry the affected area. Apply a thin film of the medication to the affected area and gently rub in, one to two times daily or as directed by your doctor. Do not wrap, cover or bandage the area unless directed to do so by your doctor. If used in the diaper area on an infant, do not use tight-fitting diapers or plastic pants.

After applying the medication, wash your hands unless you are using this medication to treat the hands. If applying this medication near the eyes, avoid getting it in the eyes as this may worsen or cause glaucoma. Also avoid getting this medication in the nose or mouth.

Halobetasol Side Effects

Tell your doctor if the following side effects become severe or don't go away:

  • Burning
  • Stinging
  • Redness
  • Itching

How is this medicine (Halobetasol Cream and Ointment) best taken?

Use halobetasol cream and ointment as ordered by your doctor. Read all information given to you. Follow all instructions closely.

  • Use as you have been told, even if your signs get better.
  • Do not take halobetasol cream and ointment by mouth. Use on your skin only. Keep out of your mouth, nose, and eyes (may burn).
  • Wash your hands before and after use. Do not wash your hands after use if putting this on your hand.
  • Clean affected part before use. Make sure to dry well.
  • Put a thin layer on the affected skin and rub in gently.
  • Do not put on the face, underarms, or the groin area unless told to do so by the doctor.
  • Do not use coverings (bandages, dressings, make-up) unless told to do so by the doctor. 

Why is this medication prescribed?

Halobetasol topical is used to treat redness, swelling, itching, and discomfort of various skin conditions, including psoriasis (a skin disease in which red, scaly patches form on some areas of the body and eczema (a skin disease that causes the skin to be dry and itchy and to sometimes develop red, scaly rashes). Halobetasol is in a class of medications called corticosteroids. It works by activating natural substances in the skin to reduce swelling, redness, and itching.

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