Halobetasol Side Effects

Although side effects are possible with halobetasol, they tend to be minor and generally require little treatment. Some of the common problems reported during clinical trials of this drug included acne, skin burning, and increased sweating. There are also serious reactions to be aware of and report to your healthcare provider, such as infections, hallucinations, and difficulty breathing.

An Introduction to Side Effects of Halobetasol

Just like any medicine, halobetasol propionate (Ultravate®) can cause side effects. However, not everyone who uses the medication will have problems. In fact, most people tolerate it quite well. If side effects do occur, in most cases, they are minor and either require no treatment or are treated easily by you or your healthcare provider.
 
(This article covers many, but not all, of the possible side effects with halobetasol. Your healthcare provider can discuss a more complete list with you.)
 

Halobetasol Side Effects to Report

Some side effects of halobetasol are potentially serious and should be reported immediately to your healthcare provider. These include but are not limited to:
 
  • High blood pressure (hypertension)
  • High blood sugar (hyperglycemia) or diabetes
  • Infections
  • Ruptured tendons
  • Psychotic reactions, such as hallucinations or extreme aggression
  • Glaucoma
  • Severe fluid retention
  • Signs of an allergic reaction, such as:
 
    • An unexplained rash
    • Hives
    • Itching
    • Unexplained swelling
    • Difficulty breathing or swallowing.
 
In general, these serious reactions are unlikely to occur when halobetasol is used as directed for a short period (two weeks or less). Applying too much, over too large an area, and for extended periods may increase the risk for serious steroid side effects.
 

Halobetasol Propionate Drug Information

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