Ultravate Side Effects
Generic Name: halobetasol topical
Note: This page contains side effects data for the generic drug halobetasol topical. It is possible that some of the dosage forms included below may not apply to the brand name Ultravate.
More frequent side effects include: pruritus, burning sensation of skin, 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 ointment
As well as its needed effects, halobetasol topical (the active ingredient contained in Ultravate) may cause unwanted side effects that require medical attention.
Major Side Effects
If any of the following side effects occur while taking halobetasol topical, check with your doctor immediately: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
- 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
- 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
Minor Side Effects
Some halobetasol topical side effects may not need any medical attention. As your body gets used to the medicine these side effects may disappear. Your health care professional may be able to help you prevent or reduce these side effects, but do check with them if any of the following side effects continue, or if you are concerned about them:Less common:
- Acne or pimples
- burning and itching of the skin with pinhead-sized red blisters
- 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
The most commonly reported side effects were stinging, burning, and itching.[Ref]
Frequency not reported: Hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis suppression, Cushing's syndrome[Ref]
Frequency not reported: Intracranial hypertension (including bulging fontanelles, headaches, bilateral papilledema), paresthesia[Ref]
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]
Frequency not reported: Hyperglycemia, glucosuria[Ref]
Common (1% to 10%): Stinging, burning, itching[Ref]
1. "Product Information. Ultravate (halobetasol)." Bristol-Myers Squibb, Princeton, NJ.
It is possible that some side effects of Ultravate may not have been reported. These can be reported to the FDA here. Always consult a healthcare professional for medical advice.
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