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Ultravate is a prescription steroid skin medicine used to treat eczema, dermatitis, and a variety of skin conditions. It comes in the form of a cream or an ointment, and is typically applied to the affected areas of the skin once or twice a day for up to two weeks. Side effects are possible and may include burning, stinging, and itching.

What Is Ultravate?

Ultravate® (halobetasol propionate) is a prescription skin medication. It belongs to a group of drugs known as topical steroids and is used to treat inflammation and itching due to a wide variety of skin conditions, such as eczema, psoriasis, dermatitis, and allergic reactions. It is approved for use only in people age 12 and older.
(Click Ultravate Uses for more information on this topic, including possible off-label uses.)

Who Makes This Medicine?

Brand-name Ultravate is made by Ranbaxy Laboratories, Inc.

How Does Ultravate 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 works for most conditions by decreasing inflammation or suppressing an overactive immune system.

When and How to Use It

Some general considerations to keep in mind during treatment with Ultravate include the following:
  • This medication comes as a cream or an ointment, and is usually applied to the affected area(s) of the skin once or twice a day for up to two weeks. Long-term treatment is not recommended.
  • Apply the medication sparingly. More is not better; only a thin film is necessary.
  • Do not cover Ultravate with a dressing or bandage, unless your healthcare provider specifically tells you to do so (covering it increases the risk for side effects).
  • For Ultravate to work properly, it must be used as prescribed.

Ultravate Medication Information

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