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Brand Names: Ultravate Pack Ointment

Generic Name: ammonium lactate and halobetasol topical kit (Pronunciation: a MOE nee um LAK tate and HAL oh BAY ta sol)

What is ammonium lactate and halobetasol (Ultravate Pack Ointment)?

Ammonium lactate is a combination of lactic acid and ammonium hydroxide. Ammonium lactate is a moisturizer.

Halobetasol is a topical (for the skin) steroid. It reduces the actions of chemicals in the body that cause inflammation, redness, and swelling.

The combination of ammonium lactate and halobetasol is used to treat inflammation, itching, dryness, and scaling caused by a number of skin conditions such as allergic reactions, eczema, and psoriasis.

Ammonium lactate and halobetasol may also be used for other purposes not listed in this medication guide.

What are the possible side effects of ammonium lactate and halobetasol (Ultravate Pack Ointment)?

Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

Stop using the medication and call your doctor if you have severe burning, stinging, redness, or peeling of any treated skin, or if you show signs of absorbing halobetasol topical through your skin, such as:

  • blurred vision, or seeing halos around lights;
  • mood changes;
  • sleep problems (insomnia);
  • weight gain, puffiness in your face; or
  • muscle weakness, feeling tired.

Less serious side effects may include:

  • mild skin peeling or dryness;
  • mild skin rash, itching, burning, redness, or irritation;
  • thinning or softening of your skin;
  • swollen hair follicles;
  • spider veins;
  • numbness or tingling;
  • changes in color of treated skin;
  • blisters, pimples, or crusting of treated skin; or
  • stretch marks.

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Tell your doctor about any unusual or bothersome side effect. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

What is the most important information I should know about ammonium lactate and halobetasol (Ultravate Pack Ointment)?

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

Before using ammonium lactate and halobetasol topical, tell your doctor if you are allergic to any drugs, if you have any type of skin infection, or if you have diabetes. Topical steroid medicines absorbed through the skin may increase the glucose (sugar) levels in your blood or urine.

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.

Avoid using ammonium lactate and halobetasol topical to treat skin on your face, underarms, or groin area without your doctor's advice.

Avoid getting this medication in your mouth or eyes. If it does get into any of these areas, rinse with water. Do not apply the medication after shaving or use it on sunburned, windburned, dry, chapped, or irritated skin. Also avoid using the medication in open wounds or on broken or infected skin.

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.

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.

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

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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