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Halog Warnings and Precautions

If you have certain allergies, or if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, you may not be able to use Halog. Safety warnings also include certain precautions you should take while using this medicine for extended periods, as overuse can lead to problems like diabetes or Cushing's syndrome. This medicine may also prevent your body from producing its own natural steroids.

What Should I Tell My Healthcare Provider?

You should talk with your healthcare provider prior to using Halog® (halcinonide) if you:
  • Are breastfeeding
  • Are pregnant or thinking of becoming pregnant
  • 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 Halog

Some warnings and precautions to be aware of before using this medicine include the following:
  • As with other steroids, Halog can cause serious side effects. Although serious problems are more likely to occur with oral or injectable steroids, they are still possible with topical steroids like Halog. The more you apply and the longer you use the drug, the more likely that these problems will occur. Covering the medication with a dressing, which is sometimes recommended, may also increase this risk.
  • Halog can suppress the body's ability to make natural steroids. This typically happens when large doses are used over a long period. In such circumstances, the medication 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.
  • 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.
  • Like all steroids, Halog 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.
  • Halog 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 Halog and Pregnancy).
  • It is unknown if Halog passes through breast milk. Therefore, if you are breastfeeding or plan to start, discuss this with your healthcare provider prior to using this medicine (see Halog and Breastfeeding).

Halog Medication Information

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