(hal oh bay' ta sol)
Why is this medication prescribed?
Halobetasol is used to treat swelling, inflammation, and itching associated with skin conditions such as eczema, dermatitis, rashes, insect bites, poison ivy, and allergies.
This medication is sometimes prescribed for other uses; ask your doctor or pharmacist for more information.
How should this medicine be used?
Halobetasol comes in ointment and cream for use on the skin. Halobetasol usually is used two to four times a day. Halobetasol should not be used for longer than 2 weeks. Follow the directions on your prescription label carefully, and ask your doctor or pharmacist to explain any part you do not understand. Use halobetasol exactly as directed. Do not use more or less of it or use it more often than prescribed by your doctor.
Thoroughly clean the infected area, allow it to dry, and then gently rub the medication in until most of it disappears. Use just enough medication to cover the affected area. You should wash your hands after applying the medication.
Do not use halobetasol if you have an infection or sores on the area to be treated.
What special precautions should I follow?
Before using halobetasol,
- tell your doctor and pharmacist if you are allergic to halobetasol or any other drugs.
- tell your doctor and pharmacist what prescription and nonprescription medications you are taking, especially skin products containing hydrocortisone.
- tell your doctor if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding. If you become pregnant while using halobetasol, call your doctor.
What should I do if I forget a dose?
Apply the missed dose as soon as you remember it. However, if it is almost time for the next dose, skip the missed dose and continue your regular dosing schedule. Do not apply a double dose to make up for a missed one.
What side effects can this medication cause?
Halobetasol may cause side effects. Tell your doctor if any of these symptoms are severe or do not go away:
What other information should I know?
Keep all appointments with your doctor and the laboratory. Your doctor will order certain lab tests to check your response to this medicine.
Do not let anyone else use your medication. If you still have symptoms and need further treatment, consult your doctor.
It is important for you to keep a written list of all of the prescription and nonprescription (over-the-counter) medicines you are taking, as well as any products such as vitamins, minerals, or other dietary supplements. You should bring this list with you each time you visit a doctor or if you are admitted to a hospital. It is also important information to carry with you in case of emergencies.
Ref:Â Â U.S. National Library of Medicine.
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