If you have eczema, psoriasis, or certain other inflammatory skin conditions, a healthcare provider may prescribe Ultravate® (halobetasol propionate) ointment or cream. This medicine is approved for use in adults and children as young as 12 years old, and is applied in a thin layer on the affected areas of the skin once or twice daily.
As a type of steroid, the cream and ointment forms of Ultravate work by reducing inflammation and suppressing an overactive immune system. Although most people tolerate this medication well, it is not suitable for everyone. Make sure your healthcare provider is aware of any allergies you may have and if you are pregnant or breastfeeding. Also, to avoid potential drug interactions, make sure your healthcare provider knows about all other medications, vitamins, and supplements you are taking.
(For more details on this cream and ointment, click Ultravate. This full-length article takes a closer look at what this medicine is used for and offers in-depth dosing guidelines and details on potential side effects.)
Written by/reviewed by: Kristi Monson, PharmD;Arthur Schoenstadt, MD
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