Precautions and Warnings With Halobetasol
You may not be able to safely use halobetasol if you have any allergies, or if you are pregnant or breastfeeding. Other precautions for this product include warnings of potential drug interactions. Halobetasol can cause complications like diabetes or Cushing's syndrome if it is used for extended periods. In addition, this medicine may cause your body to stop making its own natural steroids.
You should talk with your healthcare provider prior to using halobetasol propionate (Ultravate®) if you:
- Are pregnant or thinking of becoming pregnant
- Are breastfeeding
- Have any allergies, including to foods, dyes, or preservatives.
You should also tell your healthcare provider about all other medications you are taking, including prescription and nonprescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.
Some warnings and precautions to be aware of before using this medicine include the following:
- Like other steroids, halobetasol can cause serious problems like Cushing's syndrome or diabetes. Although this is more likely to occur with oral or injectable steroids, it is still possible with topical steroids, including halobetasol. The more you apply and the longer you use the drug, the more likely these problems are to occur. Covering the area with a dressing may also increase the risk.
- Halobetasol is a highly potent steroid. It is not recommended to use this medicine for more than two weeks at a time. Although the drug is quite effective, it should not be used on a long-term basis.
- If you use this medication for an extended period, it may lead to Cushing's syndrome (a group of symptoms caused by prolonged exposure to steroids). Contact your healthcare provider if you develop signs of this condition, such as:
- A rounded face
- Unusual body fat distribution (more fat in the trunk, face, and neck, and less fat in the arms and legs)
- High blood sugar levels.
- This drug can suppress the body's ability to make natural steroids. This typically happens when large doses are used over a long period, which is not recommended. In such circumstances, halobetasol should be stopped gradually to give your body a chance to begin making its own natural steroids again. If this is not feasible, you might need to take an oral steroid for a while, after which you will slowly be weaned off it.
- Like all steroids, halobetasol may slow down the growth rate of children and teenagers. Contact your child's healthcare provider if you are concerned about this. In general, children may be more susceptible to the side effects of steroids. Close monitoring is necessary for any child receiving such drugs long-term.
- This medication can suppress the immune system, perhaps leading to infections or other problems.
- Halobetasol may react with a few other medications (see Drug Interactions With Halobetasol).
- This product is a pregnancy Category C medication. This means that it may not be safe for use during pregnancy, although the full risks are currently unknown (see Ultravate and Pregnancy).
- It is unknown if halobetasol passes through breast milk. Therefore, if you are breastfeeding or plan to start, discuss this with your healthcare provider prior to using the drug (see Ultravate and Breastfeeding).