Halobetasol (On the skin)
Treats skin disorders such as itching and swelling. This medicine is a corticosteroid.
When This Medicine Should Not Be Used
How to Use This Medicine
- Your doctor will tell you how much of this medicine to apply and how often. Do not use more medicine or apply it more often than your doctor tells you to.
- This medicine should not be used for longer than 2 weeks unless your doctor has told you to.
- This medicine is for use on the skin only. Do not get it near your eyes, nose, mouth, underarms, or genitals. Do not use on skin areas that have cuts or scrapes. If it does get on these areas, rinse it off right away.
- Wash your hands with soap and water before and after using this medicine.
- Apply a thin layer to the affected area and rub it in completely. Treat only small areas at one time unless other directed by your doctor.
- Do not cover the treated area with a bandage unless your doctor has told you to.
- Never share your medicine with anyone.
If a dose is missed:
- If you miss a dose or forget to use your medicine, apply it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, wait until then to apply the medicine and skip the missed dose.
- Do not apply extra medicine to make up for a missed dose.
How to Store and Dispose of This Medicine
- Store the medicine at room temperature, away from heat and direct light.
- Keep all medicine away from children.
Drugs and Foods to Avoid
Ask your doctor or pharmacist before using any other medicine, including over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products.
- Do not use cosmetics or other skin care products on the treated skin areas unless your doctor has told you to.
Warnings While Using This Medicine
- Make sure your doctor knows if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, or if you have diabetes, Cushing syndrome, or a skin infection.
- Do not use this medicine for a skin problem that has not been checked by your doctor.
- Children may be more likely to have serious side effects from this medicine if too much is absorbed through the skin. Apply the medicine carefully to make sure you don't use too much.
- If you are applying this medicine to the diaper area of a child, use only loose-fitting diapers or plastic pants. Tight-fitting diapers may cause too much medicine to be absorbed through the skin.
Possible Side Effects While Using This Medicine
Call your doctor right away if you notice any of these side effects:
- Blistering, peeling, or pus on treated skin areas
- Numbness or tingling
- Severe skin itching, rash, or redness
If you notice these less serious side effects, talk with your doctor:
- Changes in skin color
- Dark-colored streaks or "spider" veins
- Dry skin
- Stinging or burning of treated skin areas
If you notice other side effects that you think are caused by this medicine, tell your doctor
Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088
- Last reviewed on 4/8/2016
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