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As a type of topical steroid, halobetasol is prescribed to treat several skin conditions, such as eczema, psoriasis, and dermatitis. It is available in the form of a cream and an ointment, and works by decreasing inflammation and suppressing the immune system. Side effects are possible, and typically include stinging, itching, or burning of the skin.

What Is Halobetasol?

Halobetasol propionate (Ultravate®) is a prescription skin medication. It belongs to a group of drugs known as topical steroids and is used to treat inflammation and itching due to a wide variety of skin conditions, such as eczema, psoriasis, dermatitis, and allergic reactions. It is approved for use only in people age 12 and older.
(Click What Is Halobetasol Used For? for more information on this topic, including possible off-label uses.)

Are There Side Effects?

Just like any medicine, halobetasol may cause side effects. However, not everyone who uses the drug will experience problems. In fact, most people tolerate it quite well.
If reactions do occur, in most cases, they are minor and either require no treatment or are treated easily by you or your healthcare provider. Serious side effects are less common.
Common side effects of halobetasol include but are not limited to:
  • Stinging
  • Burning
  • Itching.
(Click Halobetasol Side Effects to learn more, including potentially serious side effects you should report immediately to your healthcare provider.)
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