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Halobetasol topical Side Effects

In Summary

More frequently reported side effects include: burning sensation of skin, pruritus, and stinging of the skin. See below for a comprehensive list of adverse effects.

For the Consumer

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

Along with its needed effects, halobetasol topical may cause some unwanted effects. Although not all of these side effects may occur, if they do occur they may need medical attention.

Check with your doctor immediately if any of the following side effects occur while 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 side effects of halobetasol topical may occur that usually do not need medical attention. These side effects may go away during treatment as your body adjusts to the medicine. Also, your health care professional may be able to tell you about ways to prevent or reduce some of these side effects. Check with your health care professional if any of the following side effects continue or are bothersome or if you have any questions about them:

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 lotion, 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.

Further information

Always consult your healthcare provider to ensure the information displayed on this page applies to your personal circumstances.

Some side effects may not be reported. You may report them to the FDA.

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