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Ultravate Warnings and Precautions

If your healthcare provider prescribes Ultravate, he or she will need to know if you have any allergies or if you are taking any other medications. Ultravate safety precautions also include potential warnings of complications this drug may cause when used for extended periods, such as diabetes or Cushing's syndrome. Also, women who are pregnant or breastfeeding may not be able to use it.

What Should I Tell My Healthcare Provider?

You should talk with your healthcare provider prior to using Ultravate® (halobetasol propionate) if you:
 
  • Are pregnant or thinking of becoming pregnant
  • Are breastfeeding
  • Have any allergies, including to foods, dyes, or preservatives.
 
You should also tell your healthcare provider about all other medications you are taking, including prescription and nonprescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.
 

Specific Precautions and Warnings With Ultravate

Some warnings and precautions to be aware of before using this medicine include the following:
 
  • Like other steroids, Ultravate can cause serious problems such as Cushing's syndrome or diabetes. Although this is more likely to occur with oral or injectable steroids, it is still possible with topical steroids, including Ultravate. The more you apply and the longer you use the drug, the more likely these problems are to occur. Covering the cream with a dressing may also increase the risk.
 
  • Ultravate is a highly potent steroid. It is not recommended to use this medicine for more than two weeks at a time. Although the drug is quite effective, it should not be used on a long-term basis.
 
  • If you use this medication for an extended period, it may lead to Cushing's syndrome (a group of symptoms caused by prolonged exposure to steroids). Contact your healthcare provider if you develop signs of this condition, such as:
 
    • A rounded face
    • Unusual body fat distribution (more fat in the trunk, face, and neck, and less fat in the arms and legs)
    • High blood sugar levels.
 
  • Ultravate can suppress the body's ability to make natural steroids. This typically happens when large doses are used over a long period, which is not recommended. In such circumstances, the drug should be stopped gradually to give your body a chance to begin making its own natural steroids again. If this is not feasible, you might need to take an oral steroid for a while, after which you will slowly be weaned off it.
 
  • Like all steroids, Ultravate may slow down the growth rate of children and teenagers. Contact your child's healthcare provider if you are concerned about this. In general, children may be more susceptible to the side effects of steroids. Close monitoring is necessary for any child receiving such drugs long-term.
 
  • This medicine can suppress the immune system, perhaps leading to infections or other problems.
 
 
  • This product is a pregnancy Category C medication. This means that it may not be safe for use during pregnancy, although the full risks are currently unknown (see Ultravate and Pregnancy).
 
  • It is unknown if Ultravate passes through breast milk. Therefore, if you are breastfeeding or plan to start, discuss this with your healthcare provider prior to using the drug (see Ultravate and Breastfeeding).
 

Ultravate Medication Information

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