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Generic Ultravate

Because the patents have expired, generic versions of Ultravate (halobetasol) are currently available. They are sold under the name Halobetasol and come as a cream or an ointment. All of the generic versions of the drug have received an "AB" rating by the FDA, meaning these products are as good as brand-name Ultravate. However, they may have different inactive ingredients than the brand-name drug.

Can I Buy Generic Ultravate?

Ultravate® (halobetasol propionate) is a prescription skin medication used to treat itching and inflammation due to a variety of skin conditions. It is a topical steroid that is applied to the affected areas of the skin once or twice a day. It comes in the form of a cream or an ointment.
Brand-name Ultravate is made by Ranbaxy Laboratories, Inc. However, the patents for Ultravate are expired, and the drug is now available in generic form.

Available Strengths

Generic Ultravate is available in one strength: Halobetasol 0.05%, in both cream and ointment forms. It is made by various different manufacturers, such as Perrigo and GW Laboratories. Both the cream and ointment come in small tubes (15 grams) or large tubes (50 grams). If you are using the drug for a short period, you will probably need just a small tube. However, if you are treating an ongoing condition, a larger tube may be more economical.

Is Generic Halobetasol Propionate Just as Good?

All generic medications must undergo certain tests to compare them to brand-name medications. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) then looks at these tests to decide if the generics are equivalent to the brand-name medications and assigns a rating to each one.
An "AB" rating means that the FDA has determined that a generic medication is equivalent to a brand-name medication. All of the generic halobetasol propionate versions currently available have an "AB" rating, meaning they should be equivalent to Ultravate.
However, generic medications are allowed to have different inactive ingredients than the brand-name medication. Occasionally, these inactive ingredients can cause problems for people with allergies or sensitivities.

Ultravate Medication Information

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