halcinonide topical (cont.)
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What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before using halcinonide topical (Halog, Halog-E)?
Do not use this medication if you are allergic to halcinonide.
Before using halcinonide topical, 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.
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 halcinonide topical 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 use halcinonide topical (Halog, Halog-E)?
Use this medication exactly as directed on the label, or as it has been prescribed by your doctor. Do not use the medication in larger amounts or for longer than recommended. Topical steroid medicine can be absorbed through the skin, which may cause steroid side effects throughout the body.
Wash your hands before and after using halcinonide topical, unless you are using the medication to treat the skin on your hands.
Apply a small amount to the affected area and rub it gently into the skin. Do not use this medication over a large area of skin.
Do not cover treated skin areas with a bandage or other covering unless your doctor has told you to. Plastic film covering (such as plastic wrap, plastic gloves, or a shower cap) is sometimes used to cover areas of psoriasis that are treated with halcinonide topical. Follow your doctor's instructions.
Avoid plastic covering over skin lesions that are oozing or draining pus or any type of fluid.
If you are treating the diaper area of a baby, do not use plastic pants or tight-fitting diapers. Covering the skin that is treated with halcinonide topical can increase the amount of medicine your skin absorbs, which may lead to unwanted side effects.
Contact your doctor if your condition does not improve, or if you develop signs of a bacterial, fungal, or viral skin infection. It is important to use halcinonide topical regularly to get the most benefit.
If you are treating psoriasis, use the medication for at least a few days after the skin clears. Stopping too soon could cause a relapse.
To be sure this medication is not causing harmful effects with long-term use, you may need blood tests. Do not miss any scheduled appointments.
Store halcinonide topical at room temperature away from moisture and heat. Keep from freezing.
Report Problems to the Food and Drug Administration
You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit the FDA MedWatch website or call 1-800-FDA-1088.
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