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ammonium lactate and halobetasol topical kit (cont.)

What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before using ammonium lactate and halobetasol topical (Ultravate Pack Ointment)?

You should not use this medication if you are allergic to ammonium lactate or halobetasol.

Before using this medication, tell your doctor if you are allergic to any drugs, or if you have any type of skin infection.

Also tell your doctor if you have diabetes. Topical steroid medicines absorbed through the skin may increase the glucose (sugar) levels in your blood or urine.

Ammonium lactate and halobetasol may be more likely to cause skin irritation in people who have fair or sensitive skin.

FDA pregnancy category C. This medication may be harmful to an unborn baby. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant during treatment.

It is not known whether ammonium lactate and halobetasol passes into breast milk or if it could harm a nursing baby. Do not use this medication without telling your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.

Do not use this medication on a child without a doctor's advice. Children are more likely to absorb large amounts of a topical steroid through the skin. Steroid absorption in children may cause unwanted side effects, or a delay in growth with long-term use. Talk with your doctor if you think your child is not growing at a normal rate while using this medication over a long treatment period.

How should I apply ammonium lactate and halobetasol (Ultravate Pack Ointment)?

This medication comes in a kit containing ammonium lactate lotion and halobetasol ointment.

Use this medication exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Do not use the medication in larger amounts or for longer than recommended. Follow the directions on your prescription label.

Wash your hands before and after applying this medication, unless you are using it to treat a hand condition.

Shake the ammonium lactate lotion before each use.

Do not use this medication over a large area of skin. Topical steroid medicine can be absorbed through the skin, which may cause steroid side effects throughout the body.

Do not apply ammonium lactate and halobetasol to your face unless your doctor has told you to.

Do not cover treated skin areas with a bandage or other covering unless your doctor has told you to. Covering the skin that is treated with halobetasol can increase the amount of medicine your skin absorbs, which may lead to unwanted side effects. Follow your doctor's instructions.

Call your doctor if your skin condition does not improve or if it gets worse even with ammonium lactate and halobetasol treatment.

Store ammonium lactate and halobetasol at room temperature away from moisture and heat.

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