Halcinonide topical is used to treat the itching, redness, dryness, crusting, scaling, inflammation, and discomfort of various skin conditions, including psoriasis (a skin disease in which red, scaly patches form on some areas of the body) and eczema (a skin disease that causes the skin to be dry and itchy and to sometimes develop red, scaly rashes). Halcinonide is in a class of medications called corticosteroids. It works by activating natural substances in the skin to reduce swelling, redness, and itching.
Side Effects Of Halcinonide Topical
Halcinonide may cause side effects. Tell your doctor if any of these symptoms are severe or do not go away:
- burning, itching, irritation, redness, drying, or cracking of the skin
- changes in skin color
- tiny red bumps or rash around the mouth
- unwanted hair growth
- small white or red bumps on the skin
- bruising or shiny skin
- thin, fragile, or dry skin
If you experience any of the following symptoms, call your doctor immediately:
- severe rash
- redness, swelling, oozing pus, or other signs of skin infection in the place where you applied halcinonide.
- Children who use halcinonide topical may have an increased risk of side effects including slowed growth and delayed weight gain. Talk to your doctor about the risks of applying medication to your child’s skin.
Halcinonide may cause other side effects. Call your doctor if you have any unusual problems while using this medication.
Warnings & Precautions
Before using halcinonide topical:
- tell your doctor and pharmacist if you are allergic to halcinonide, any other medications, or any of the ingredients in halcinonide topical products. Ask your pharmacist for a list of the ingredients.
- tell your doctor and pharmacist what prescription and nonprescription medications, vitamins, nutritional supplements, and herbal products you are taking or plan to take..
- tell your doctor if you have an infection or any other skin problems or have or have ever had diabetes or Cushing’s syndrome (an abnormal condition that is caused by excess hormones [corticosteroids]).
- tell your doctor if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding. If you become pregnant while using halcinonide, call your doctor.
- if you are having surgery, including dental surgery, tell the doctor or dentist that you are using halcinonide topical.
Halcinonide Topical Dosage
Halcinonide comes in an ointment and cream to apply to the skin. It is usually applied two or three times a day. Follow the directions on your prescription label carefully, and ask your doctor or pharmacist to explain any part you do not understand. Use halcinonide exactly as directed. Do not use more or less of it or use it more often than prescribed by your doctor. Do not apply it to other areas of your body or use it to treat other skin conditions unless directed to do so by your doctor.
To use halcinonide topical, apply a small amount of ointment or cream to cover the affected area of skin with a thin film and rub it in gently.
This medication is only for use on the skin. Do not let halcinonide topical get into your eyes or mouth and do not swallow it. Avoid use in the genital or rectal areas, and in skin creases and armpits unless directed by your doctor.
If you are using halcinonide on a child’s diaper area, do not use tight-fitting diapers or plastic pants. Such use may increase side effects.
Do not wrap or bandage the treated area unless your doctor tells you that you should. Such use may increase side effects.
Keep all appointments with your doctor and the laboratory. Your doctor may order certain lab tests to check your body’s response to halcinonide topical.
Do not let anyone else use your medication. Ask your pharmacist any questions you have about refilling your prescription.
It is important for you to keep a written list of all of the prescription and nonprescription (over-the-counter) medicines you are taking, as well as any products such as vitamins, minerals, or other dietary supplements. You should bring this list with you each time you visit a doctor or if you are admitted to a hospital. It is also important information to carry with you in case of emergencies.
All information has been provided courtesy of MedLinePlus from the National Library of Medicine and from the FDA.