Eczema, dermatitis, and psoriasis are among the various skin conditions that may be treated with Halog. This medicine is only available by prescription and is usually applied to the affected areas of the skin two to three times daily. As a steroid, Halog works by suppressing the immune system and reducing inflammation. Possible side effects may include burning, itching, and dryness.
What Is Halog?Halog® (halcinonide) ointment and Halog cream are prescription skin medications. They belong to a group of drugs known as topical steroids and are used to treat inflammation and itching due to a wide variety of skin conditions, such as eczema, psoriasis, dermatitis, and allergic reactions.
How Does Halog Work?Halog is part of a group of medications known as glucocorticoids, which are a type of corticosteroid (or "steroid" for short). Although glucocorticoids have numerous effects in the body, they are used mostly for their anti-inflammatory or immune-suppressing properties. Halog works by decreasing inflammation and suppressing an overactive immune system.
When and How to Use ItSome general considerations to keep in mind during treatment with Halog include the following:
- This medication is usually applied to the affected area(s) of the skin two to three times a day.
- Apply Halog sparingly. More is not better; only a thin film is necessary.
- If your healthcare provider recommends that you do so, you may apply a dressing over the medication. Ask your healthcare provider or pharmacist for a recommendation on which type of dressing to use. However, do not use a dressing unless told to do so, as this increases the risk of side effects.
- For the medication to work properly, it must be used as prescribed.