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Ultravate Side Effects

Although it is a topical medicine that is applied on the skin, Ultravate can cause side effects. Some common reactions may include skin reactions, such as stinging, burning, or itching. In most cases, reactions are mild and easily treated. However, be sure to watch for potentially serious problems, such as infections, severe fluid retention, or difficulty breathing, which require medical attention.

An Introduction to Ultravate Side Effects

Just like any medicine, Ultravate® (halobetasol propionate) can cause side effects. However, not everyone who uses the medication will have problems. In fact, most people tolerate it quite well. If side effects do occur, in most cases, they are minor and either require no treatment or are treated easily by you or your healthcare provider.
(This article covers many, but not all, of the possible side effects with Ultravate. Your healthcare provider can discuss a more complete list with you.)

Common Side Effects of Ultravate

Ultravate has been studied extensively in clinical trials. In these studies, one group of people received the medication, while another group was given a placebo (a cream or ointment that did not contain any active ingredients). As a result, it was possible to see what side effects occurred, how often they appeared, and how they compared to the placebo.
In clinical trials, the most common side effects of Ultravate cream were stinging, burning, or itching (occurring in up to 4.4 percent of people). For Ultravate ointment, the most common side effects were stinging or burning (occurring in up to 1.6 percent of people).
Other possible skin reactions from steroids, including Ultravate, may include:
  • Irritation
  • Inflammation or infection of skin follicles (folliculitis)
  • Increased sweating
  • Acne
  • Decreased skin pigmentation
  • Rash around the mouth
  • Allergic contact dermatitis (allergic skin reactions)
  • Soft, whitened skin (much like skin that is constantly wet)
  • Weakening and thinning of the skin
  • Stretch marks
  • Heat rash.

Ultravate Medication Information

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