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Halonate ointment

Generic Name: halobetasol ointment and ammonium lactate (HAL-oh-BAY-ta-sol/a-MOE-nee-um LAK-tate)
Brand Name: Halonate

Halonate ointment is used for:

Treating inflammation and itching caused by certain skin conditions. It may also be used for other conditions as determined by your doctor.

Halonate ointment is a kit that contains a topical corticosteroid and a humectant. The corticosteroid reduces skin inflammation (redness, swelling, itching, and irritation). The humectant moisturizes and softens the skin.

Do NOT use Halonate ointment if:

  • you are allergic to any ingredient in Halonate ointment

Contact your doctor or health care provider right away if any of these apply to you.

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Before using Halonate ointment:

Some medical conditions may interact with Halonate ointment. Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have any medical conditions, especially if any of the following apply to you:

  • if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding
  • if you are taking any prescription or nonprescription medicine, herbal preparation, or dietary supplement
  • if you have allergies to medicines or other substances
  • if you have rosacea, any kind of skin infection, cuts, scrapes, or lessened blood flow to your skin
  • if you have had a recent vaccination; you have measles, tuberculosis (TB), chickenpox, or shingles; or you have had a positive TB test
  • if you are taking prednisone or similar medicines

Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with Halonate ointment. However, no specific interactions with Halonate ointment are known at this time.

Ask your health care provider if Halonate ointment may interact with other medicines that you take. Check with your health care provider before you start, stop, or change the dose of any medicine.

How to use Halonate ointment:

Use Halonate ointment as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.

  • To use the halobetasol ointment: Apply a small amount of medicine to the affected area. Gently rub it in until it is evenly distributed. Wash your hands after you apply Halonate ointment, unless your hands are part of the treated area.
  • Do not bandage or cover the treated skin area unless directed by your doctor.
  • To use the ammonium lactate mousse: Keep mousse can in upright position when dispensing. Do not turn can upside down. Apply to dry skin and rub in completely 2 times daily or as directed by your doctor. Wash your hands right away after you apply Halonate ointment, unless your hands are a part of the treated area.
  • If you miss a dose of Halonate ointment, apply it as soon as possible. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not apply 2 doses at once.

Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use Halonate ointment.

Important safety information:

  • Halonate ointment is for external use only. Do not get it in your eyes, nose, or mouth. If you get it in any of these areas, rinse right away with cool water.
  • Do not use halobetasol on the face, in the groin area, or under the armpits.
  • Do NOT use more than the recommended dose or use for longer than 2 weeks without checking with your doctor.
  • If your symptoms do not get better within 2 weeks or if they get worse, check with your doctor.
  • Talk with your doctor before you receive any vaccine while you are using halobetasol.
  • Do not use Halonate ointment for other skin conditions at a later time.
  • Talk with your doctor before you use any other medicines or cleansers on your skin.
  • Overuse of topical products may worsen your condition.
  • Ammonium lactate may cause temporary stinging or burning when applied to cracked or scraped skin (eg, after shaving).
  • Ammonium lactate may cause you to become sunburned more easily. Avoid the sun, sunlamps, or tanning booths until you know how you react to Halonate ointment. Use a sunscreen or wear protective clothing if you must be outside for more than a short time.
  • Halonate ointment has a corticosteroid in it. Before you start any new prescription or nonprescription medicine, read the label to see if it has a corticosteroid in it too. If it does or if you are not sure, contact your doctor or pharmacist.
  • Tell your doctor or dentist that you take Halonate ointment before you receive any medical or dental care, emergency care, or surgery.
  • Serious side effects may occur if too much of Halonate ointment is absorbed through the skin. This may be more likely to occur if you use Halonate ointment over a large area of the body. It may also be more likely if you wrap or bandage the area after you apply Halonate ointment. The risk is greater in children. Do not use more than the prescribed dose. Contact your doctor right away if you develop unusual weight gain (especially in the face), muscle weakness, increased thirst or urination, confusion, unusual drowsiness, severe or persistent headache, or vision changes. Discuss any questions or concerns with your doctor.
  • Corticosteroids may affect growth rate in CHILDREN and teenagers in some cases. They may need regular growth checks while they use Halonate ointment.
  • Halonate ointment should not be used in CHILDREN younger than 12 years old; safety and effectiveness in these children have not been confirmed.
  • PREGNANCY and BREAST-FEEDING: If you become pregnant, contact your doctor. You will need to discuss the benefits and risks of using Halonate ointment while you are pregnant. It is not known if Halonate ointment is found in breast milk after topical use. If you are or will be breast-feeding while you use Halonate ointment, check with your doctor. Discuss any possible risks to your baby.

Possible side effects of Halonate ointment:

All medicines may cause side effects, but many people have no, or minor, side effects. Check with your doctor if any of these most COMMON side effects persist or become bothersome:

Dryness; itching; mild, temporary burning, irritation, peeling, redness, sensitivity, or stinging.

Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur:

Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue); acne-like rash; burning, cracking, irritation, or peeling not present before you began using Halonate ointment; excessive hair growth; inflamed hair follicles; inflammation around the mouth; muscle weakness; symptoms of high blood sugar (eg, flushing, confusion, drowsiness, increased thirst, increased urination); unusual weight gain, especially in the face.

This is not a complete list of all side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, contact your health care provider. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. To report side effects to the appropriate agency, please read the Guide to Reporting Problems to FDA.

If OVERDOSE is suspected:

Contact 1-800-222-1222 (the American Association of Poison Control Centers), your local poison control center, or emergency room immediately. Symptoms may include increased thirst or urination; muscle weakness; unusual weight gain, especially in the face.

Proper storage of Halonate ointment:

Store Halonate ointment at room temperature, between 59 and 86 degrees F (15 and 30 degrees C). Store away from heat, moisture, and light. Do not freeze. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep Halonate ointment out of the reach of children and away from pets.

General information:

  • If you have any questions about Halonate ointment, please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
  • Halonate ointment is to be used only by the patient for whom it is prescribed. Do not share it with other people.
  • If your symptoms do not improve or if they become worse, check with your doctor.
  • Check with your pharmacist about how to dispose of unused medicine.

This information should not be used to decide whether or not to take Halonate ointment or any other medicine. Only your health care provider has the knowledge and training to decide which medicines are right for you. This information does not endorse any medicine as safe, effective, or approved for treating any patient or health condition. This is only a brief summary of general information about Halonate ointment. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to Halonate ointment. This information is not specific medical advice and does not replace information you receive from your health care provider. You must talk with your healthcare provider for complete information about the risks and benefits of using Halonate ointment.

Issue Date: September 3, 2014
Database Edition 14.3.1.003
Copyright © 2014 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc.

Disclaimer: This information should not be used to decide whether or not to take this medicine or any other medicine. Only your health care provider has the knowledge and training to decide which medicines are right for you. This information does not endorse any medicine as safe, effective, or approved for treating any patient or health condition. This is only a brief summary of general information about this medicine. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to this medicine. This information is not specific medical advice and does not replace information you receive from your health care provider. You must talk with your healthcare provider for complete information about the risks and benefits of using this medicine.

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