Halobetasol is a prescription drug. It’s available as a topical cream, topical ointment, or topical lotion. Halobetasol is available as a generic drug. Generic drugs usually cost less. In some cases, they may not be available in every strength or form as the brand-name version. Halobetasol may be used as part of a combination therapy. This means you may need to take it with other medications.
Why it’s used
Halobetasol is used to relieve skin conditions that cause inflammation (flare-ups) and itching of the skin. These conditions may include eczema, poison ivy, insect bites, rashes, allergies, dermatitis, and psoriasis.
How it works
Halobetasol belongs to a class of drugs called topical corticosteroids. A class of drugs is a group of medications that work in a similar way. These drugs are often used to treat similar conditions.
It isn’t known exactly how halobetasol works. It’s thought that it reduces certain chemicals (prostaglandins and leukotrienes) that cause inflammation and itching in your body.
More common side effects
Some of the more common side effects that can occur at the site on your skin where you apply halobetasol include:
If these effects are mild, they may go away within a few days or a couple of weeks. If they’re more severe or don’t go away, talk to your doctor or pharmacist.
Serious side effects
Call your doctor right away if you have serious side effects. Call 9-1-1 if your symptoms feel life-threatening or if you think you’re having a medical emergency. Serious side effects and their symptoms can include the following:
- Adrenal insufficiency. Symptoms can include:
- tiredness that gets worse and doesn’t go away
- nausea or vomiting
- dizziness or fainting
- muscle weakness
- loss of appetite
- unintentional weight loss
- Cushing’s syndrome. In this condition, your body produces too much of the hormone cortisol. Symptoms can include:
- weight gain, especially around your upper back and stomach area
- slow healing of wounds, cuts, insect bites, and infections
- shortness of breath
- tiredness and muscle weakness
- depression, anxiety, and irritability
- roundness of your face (moon face)
- new or worsening high blood pressure
- Folliculitis (inflammation of hair follicles) and sweat glands. Symptoms can include:
- redness, itching, and soreness around the follicle
- Excessive hair growth
- New acne
- Change or loss of skin color
- Skin inflammation around your mouth area
- Thinning of your skin
- Stripes or lines on your skin
- Slowed growth and development in children