Halonate Side Effects

Generic Name: halobetasol topical

Note: This page contains information about the side effects of halobetasol topical. Some of the dosage forms included on this document may not apply to the brand name Halonate.

Not all side effects for Halonate may be reported. You should always consult a doctor or healthcare professional for medical advice. Side effects can be reported to the FDA here.

For the Consumer

Applies to halobetasol topical: topical application cream, topical application ointment

In addition to its needed effects, some unwanted effects may be caused by halobetasol topical (the active ingredient contained in Halonate). In the event that any of these side effects do occur, they may require medical attention.

You should check with your doctor immediately if any of these side effects occur when taking halobetasol topical:

Less common
  • Blisters under the skin
  • burning, crawling, itching, numbness, prickling, "pins and needles", or tingling feelings
  • dry skin
  • flushing or redness of the skin
  • hives or welts
  • itching
  • rash
  • stinging
  • thinning of the skin with easy bruising, especially when used on the face or where the skin folds together (e.g. between the fingers)
  • unusually warm skin
Incidence not known
  • Blistering, burning, crusting, dryness, or flaking of the skin
  • itching, scaling, severe redness, soreness, or swelling of the skin
  • redness and scaling around the mouth

Some of the side effects that can occur with halobetasol topical may not need medical attention. As your body adjusts to the medicine during treatment these side effects may go away. Your health care professional may also be able to tell you about ways to reduce or prevent some of these side effects. If any of the following side effects continue, are bothersome or if you have any questions about them, check with your health care professional:

Less common
  • Acne or pimples
  • burning and itching of the skin with pinhead-sized red blisters
Incidence not known
  • Burning, itching, and pain in hairy areas, or pus at the root of the hair
  • increased hair growth on the forehead, back, arms, and legs
  • lightening of normal skin color
  • lightening of treated areas of dark skin
  • reddish purple lines on the arms, face, legs, trunk, or groin

For Healthcare Professionals

Applies to halobetasol topical: topical cream, topical kit, topical ointment

General

The most commonly reported side effects were stinging, burning, and itching.[Ref]

Endocrine

Frequency not reported: Hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis suppression, Cushing's syndrome[Ref]

Nervous system

Frequency not reported: Intracranial hypertension (including bulging fontanelles, headaches, bilateral papilledema), paresthesia[Ref]

Dermatologic

Frequency not reported: Dry skin, erythema, skin atrophy, leukoderma, vesicles, rash, pustulation, acne, secondary infection, telangiectasia, urticaria, miliaria, folliculitis, hypertrichosis, acneiform eruptions, hypopigmentation, perioral dermatitis, allergic contact dermatitis, striae[Ref]

Metabolic

Frequency not reported: Hyperglycemia, glucosuria[Ref]

Local

Common (1% to 10%): Stinging, burning, itching[Ref]

References

1. "Product Information. Ultravate (halobetasol)." Bristol-Myers Squibb, Princeton, NJ.

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