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Ultravate Overdose

If a person uses too much Ultravate (halobetasol), their body may stop making its own natural steroids. Other possible effects of an overdose may include developing a group of symptoms known as Cushing's syndrome. These potentially serious problems are more likely to occur when Ultravate is used in high amounts for extended periods. Treatment will likely include supportive care.

Can You Use Too Much Ultravate?

Ultravate® (halobetasol propionate) is a prescription skin medication used to treat inflammation and itching of the skin due to psoriasis, eczema, or other causes. It belongs to a group of drugs known as topical steroids. As with most medications, it is possible to use too much Ultravate. However, serious problems are most likely to occur when large doses are used over a prolonged period.

Effects of an Overdose

Long-term use of high doses of this medicine can cause Cushing's syndrome, which is a group of symptoms caused by prolonged exposure to steroids. Let your healthcare provider know if you develop any signs or symptoms of this problem, including:
  • 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.


It should be noted that Ultravate is not recommended for use longer than two weeks.
Applying large amounts of Ultravate for long periods may cause serious side effects. As with all steroids, large doses may decrease the body's ability to produce natural steroids. This can cause serious problems, especially if this medicine is stopped too quickly and the body has not had a chance to begin making its own natural steroids again.
If you realize that you have been using Ultravate for an extended period, do not suddenly stop using it.

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