Ultravate is a prescription steroid skin medicine used to treat eczema, dermatitis, and a variety of skin conditions. It comes in the form of a cream or an ointment, and is typically applied to the affected areas of the skin once or twice a day for up to two weeks. Side effects are possible and may include burning, stinging, and itching.
Ultravate® (halobetasol propionate) is a prescription skin medication. It belongs to a group of drugs known as topical steroids and is used to treat inflammation and itching due to a wide variety of skin conditions, such as eczema, psoriasis, dermatitis, and allergic reactions. It is approved for use only in people age 12 and older.
Brand-name Ultravate is made by Ranbaxy Laboratories, Inc.
Ultravate 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. Ultravate works for most conditions by decreasing inflammation or suppressing an overactive immune system.
Some general considerations to keep in mind during treatment with Ultravate include the following:
- This medication comes as a cream or an ointment, and is usually applied to the affected area(s) of the skin once or twice a day for up to two weeks. Long-term treatment is not recommended.
- Apply the medication sparingly. More is not better; only a thin film is necessary.
- Do not cover Ultravate with a dressing or bandage, unless your healthcare provider specifically tells you to do so (covering it increases the risk for side effects).
- For Ultravate to work properly, it must be used as prescribed.