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What If I Forget a Dose?If you forget a dose, apply it as soon as possible, unless it is almost time for the next dose. In this case, simply skip the missed dose and continue with your regular schedule. Do not use a double dose.
How Does Halobetasol Work?Halobetasol is part of a group of medications known as glucocorticoids, which are a type of corticosteroid (or "steroid" for short). Although glucocorticoids have numerous effects in the body, they are used mostly for their anti-inflammatory or immune-suppressing properties. Halobetasol works for most conditions by decreasing inflammation or suppressing an overactive immune system.
When and How to Use HalobetasolSome general considerations to keep in mind during treatment with halobetasol include the following:
- This medication comes as a cream or an ointment, and is usually applied to the affected area(s) of the skin once or twice a day for up to two weeks. Long-term treatment is not recommended.
- Apply halobetasol sparingly. More is not better; only a thin film is necessary.
- Do not cover the medicine with a dressing or bandage, unless your healthcare provider specifically tells you to do so (covering it increases the risk for side effects).
- For the medication to work properly, it must be used as prescribed.