Halobetasol and Tazarotene
Generic name: Halobetasol and Tazarotene (hal oh BAY ta sol & taz AR oh teen)
Brand name: Duobrii
Drug class: Topical antipsoriatics
Medically reviewed by Drugs.com. Last updated on Dec 3, 2020.
Uses of Halobetasol and Tazarotene:
- It is used to treat plaque psoriasis.
What do I need to tell my doctor BEFORE I take Halobetasol and Tazarotene?
- If you are allergic to halobetasol and tazarotene; any part of halobetasol and tazarotene; or any other drugs, foods, or substances. Tell your doctor about the allergy and what signs you had.
- If you are pregnant or may be pregnant. Do not use halobetasol and tazarotene if you are pregnant.
- If you are able to get pregnant and are not using birth control.
- If you are sunburned.
- If you are taking any drugs that may make your skin more sensitive to light. There are many drugs that can do this. Ask your doctor or pharmacist if you are not sure.
- If you are using any drugs that may cause dry skin. There are many drugs that can do this. Ask your doctor or pharmacist if you are not sure.
This is not a list of all drugs or health problems that interact with halobetasol and tazarotene.
Tell your doctor and pharmacist about all of your drugs (prescription or OTC, natural products, vitamins) and health problems. You must check to make sure that it is safe for you to take halobetasol and tazarotene with all of your drugs and health problems. Do not start, stop, or change the dose of any drug without checking with your doctor.
What are some things I need to know or do while I take Halobetasol and Tazarotene?
- Tell all of your health care providers that you take halobetasol and tazarotene. This includes your doctors, nurses, pharmacists, and dentists.
- Talk with your doctor before you use other drugs or products on your skin.
- Some weather conditions may irritate the skin. Talk with the doctor.
- Skin may look worse before it looks better.
- You may get sunburned more easily. Avoid sun, sunlamps, and tanning beds. Use sunscreen and wear clothing and eyewear that protects you from the sun.
- Do not use longer than you have been told by the doctor.
- This medicine may raise the chance of cataracts or glaucoma. Talk with the doctor.
- This medicine may cause harm if swallowed. If halobetasol and tazarotene is swallowed, call a doctor or poison control center right away.
- If you are able to get pregnant, a pregnancy test will be done to show that you are NOT pregnant before starting halobetasol and tazarotene. Talk with your doctor.
- Use birth control that you can trust to prevent pregnancy while taking halobetasol and tazarotene.
- This medicine may cause harm to the unborn baby if you take it while you are pregnant. If you are pregnant or you get pregnant while taking halobetasol and tazarotene, call your doctor right away.
- Tell your doctor if you are breast-feeding. You will need to talk about any risks to your baby.
- If you are breast-feeding, do not put halobetasol and tazarotene right on the nipple or the area right around it.
How is this medicine (Halobetasol and Tazarotene) best taken?
Use halobetasol and tazarotene as ordered by your doctor. Read all information given to you. Follow all instructions closely.
- Do not take halobetasol and tazarotene by mouth. Use on your skin only. Keep out of your mouth, nose, and eyes (may burn).
- Do not put in the vagina.
- If you get halobetasol and tazarotene in any of these areas, rinse well with water.
- If you are able to get pregnant, start using halobetasol and tazarotene during your normal menstrual period.
- Wash your hands before and after use. Do not wash your hands after use if putting this on your hand.
- Clean affected part before use. Make sure to dry well.
- Put a thin layer on the affected skin and rub in gently.
- Avoid putting on healthy skin.
- Do not put on cuts, scrapes, eczema, or damaged skin.
- Do not use coverings (bandages, dressings) unless told to do so by the doctor.
- Do not put on the face, underarms, or the groin area unless told to do so by the doctor.
- Practice good skin care and avoid the sun.
What do I do if I miss a dose?
- Put on a missed dose as soon as you think about it.
- If it is close to the time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your normal time.
- Do not put on 2 doses at the same time or extra doses.
What are some side effects that I need to call my doctor about right away?
WARNING/CAUTION: Even though it may be rare, some people may have very bad and sometimes deadly side effects when taking a drug. Tell your doctor or get medical help right away if you have any of the following signs or symptoms that may be related to a very bad side effect:
- Signs of an allergic reaction, like rash; hives; itching; red, swollen, blistered, or peeling skin with or without fever; wheezing; tightness in the chest or throat; trouble breathing, swallowing, or talking; unusual hoarseness; or swelling of the mouth, face, lips, tongue, or throat.
- Signs of high blood sugar like confusion, feeling sleepy, more thirst, more hungry, passing urine more often, flushing, fast breathing, or breath that smells like fruit.
- Signs of Cushing's disease like weight gain in the upper back or belly, moon face, very bad headache, or slow healing.
- Signs of a weak adrenal gland like a very bad upset stomach or throwing up, very bad dizziness or passing out, muscle weakness, feeling very tired, mood changes, not hungry, or weight loss.
- Skin changes (pimples, stretch marks, slow healing, hair growth).
- Irritation where halobetasol and tazarotene is used.
- Thinning of the skin.
- Change in eyesight.
What are some other side effects of Halobetasol and Tazarotene?
All drugs may cause side effects. However, many people have no side effects or only have minor side effects. Call your doctor or get medical help if any of these side effects or any other side effects bother you or do not go away:
- Dry skin.
These are not all of the side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, call your doctor. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects.
You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-332-1088. You may also report side effects at https://www.fda.gov/medwatch.
If OVERDOSE is suspected:
If you think there has been an overdose, call your poison control center or get medical care right away. Be ready to tell or show what was taken, how much, and when it happened.
How do I store and/or throw out Halobetasol and Tazarotene?
- Store at room temperature. Do not freeze.
- Keep all drugs in a safe place. Keep all drugs out of the reach of children and pets.
- Throw away unused or expired drugs. Do not flush down a toilet or pour down a drain unless you are told to do so. Check with your pharmacist if you have questions about the best way to throw out drugs. There may be drug take-back programs in your area.
Consumer information use
- If your symptoms or health problems do not get better or if they become worse, call your doctor.
- Do not share your drugs with others and do not take anyone else's drugs.
- Some drugs may have another patient information leaflet. Check with your pharmacist. If you have any questions about halobetasol and tazarotene, please talk with your doctor, nurse, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
- If you think there has been an overdose, call your poison control center or get medical care right away. Be ready to tell or show what was taken, how much, and when it happened.
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