Ultravate Ointment (Halobetasol)
Ultravate (Halobetasol) Dosage and Side Effects
ULTRAVATE is used to treat certain skin conditions, including those resulting from eczema, dermatitis, poison ivy, insect bites, rashes, and allergies. ULTRAVATE is a steroid. It works by preventing the release of certain substances in the body that cause inflammation.
Warnings and Precautions
Before using this medicine, tell your doctor if you have, or have ever had:
- A skin infection
- Rosacea, perioral dermatitis, or other skin problems
- Glaucoma or cataracts (eye conditions)
- An immune disorder
- Circulation problems
- Cushing's syndrome (an adrenal gland disorder)
- A recent vaccination
- Tuberculosis (TB)
- Chickenpox or shingles
- Intracranial hypertension (increased pressure in the head)
- Allergies to medicines
If you have a skin infection, ULTRAVATE may make it harder for your skin to heal.
ULTRAVATE may affect your blood sugar levels if you have diabetes. Be sure to monitor your condition carefully.
Talk to your doctor before receiving any vaccinations while using this medicine.
ULTRAVATE shouldn't be used for longer than two weeks at a time.
Tell your doctor if your symptoms worsen or don't improve after two weeks.
Using too much ULTRAVATE — or using it for a long period of time — may increase your risk of developing adrenal gland problems.
Tell your doctor right away if you experience any of the following symptoms:
- Blurred vision
- Muscle weakness
- Dizziness or fainting
- Fast or irregular heartbeat
- Irritability, depression, or anxiety
- Unusual tiredness or weakness
- Increased thirst or urination
- Unusual weight gain
- Facial swelling
- New or worsening high blood pressure
- Loss of appetite or weight loss
Steroids may affect growth in some children and teens. Talk to your doctor if this is a concern.
Don't use this medicine on a child under age 12 without consulting with a doctor.
Tell your healthcare provider you're using ULTRAVATE before having any type of medical or dental procedure.
Pregnancy and ULTRAVATE
It's not known whether ULTRAVATE could harm an unborn baby if used during pregnancy.
Tell your doctor if you're pregnant, or might become pregnant, while using this medicine.
It's also unknown whether ULTRAVATE passes into breast milk. Talk to your doctor before breastfeeding a baby while using this drug.
Tell your doctor if the following side effects become severe or don't go away:
Serious Side Effects of ULTRAVATE
Tell your doctor immediately if you experience any of the symptoms listed in the ULTRAVATE Warnings section above, or the following serious side effects:
- Severe burning, itching, or redness
- Skin thinning or discoloration
- Severe skin rash
- Nausea or vomiting
- Excessive hair growth
- Inflamed hair follicles
- Irregular menstrual periods (in women)
- Changes in sexual function
- Signs of a skin infection, which may include redness, swelling, or oozing of the skin
- Symptoms of anaphylaxis, which may include rash, hives, itching, difficulty breathing, tightness in the chest, or swelling of the face, mouth, lips, or tongue
Interactions with this medication
Tell your doctor about all prescription, nonprescription, illegal, recreational, herbal, nutritional, or dietary drugs you're taking, especially:
- Other topical medicines
- Any drug that affects your immune system
- Other medicines that contain corticosteroids
Proper Use of this medication
ULTRAVATE comes as a cream, ointment, or lotion to apply to your skin.
It's typically used once or twice a day.
Follow the instructions on the package label carefully. Don't apply more or less ULTRAVATE than is recommended.
Wash your hands before and after using this medicine, unless your hands are being treated.
Apply a thin layer of ULTRAVATE to the affected area, and rub it in gently.
Don't apply this medicine to a large area of the skin.
Ask your doctor before using cosmetics or other skin products on areas of your body that are being treated with ULTRAVATE.
Don't wrap or bandage treated areas of your skin unless your doctor tells you to do so. Follow your healthcare provider's instructions carefully if you need to apply a wrap or bandage.
If you're applying ULTRAVATE to a baby's diaper area, avoid dressing your child in plastic pants or tight-fitting diapers.
Don't apply this medicine to your face, underarms, or groin area unless your doctor tells you otherwise.
Also, avoid areas of the skin that are sunburned, dry, chapped, or irritated.
Try not to get this medicine in your eyes. If you do, flush them immediately with water.
If you suspect an overdose of ULTRAVATE or accidentally swallow this medicine, contact a poison control center or emergency room immediately.
Missed Dose of ULTRAVATE
If you miss a dose of ULTRAVATE, apply it as soon as you remember.
But if it's almost time for your next scheduled dose, skip the missed dose and continue with your regular application schedule.
Don't apply extra medicine to make up for a missed dose.
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The above information is an educational aid only. It is not intended as medical advice for individual conditions or treatments. Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before following any medical regimen to see if it is safe and effective for you.