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Ultravate Uses

Your healthcare provider may recommend using Ultravate to help relieve inflammation and itching caused by various skin conditions in adults and children as young as 12 years old. Specifically, this topical skin medicine is approved for treating problems such as dermatitis, eczema, and poison ivy, just to name a few. It works by suppressing an overactive immune system and reducing inflammation.

What Is Ultravate Used For?

Ultravate® (halobetasol propionate) is a prescription skin medication used to treat inflammation and itching due to a wide variety of conditions. Some of these conditions include but are not limited to:
Ultravate is approved to treat any skin condition that is responsive to corticosteroids. It is important to note that this drug is a highly potent steroid. As such, it is recommended for short-term use only (for two weeks or less), and people must be careful to avoid using more than 50 grams per week. Using too much or using it too long may cause serious side effects (see Ultravate Side Effects).

How Does This Medicine Work?

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 is used for most conditions because it decreases inflammation or suppresses an overactive immune system.

Is It Safe for Children to Use Ultravate?

Ultravate is approved for use in children as young as 12 years old; it has not been adequately studied in younger children. As mentioned, this is a highly potent steroid, and young children are more likely to absorb too much, perhaps leading to serious side effects. If steroid treatment is necessary for a child, a less potent steroid would probably be more appropriate.

Ultravate Medication Information

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