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Frequently Asked Questions
Use only as directed. Tell your doctor if you use other medicines or have other medical conditions or allergies.
Halcinonide topical (for the skin) is a highly potent steroid that is used to treat inflammation and itching caused by skin conditions that respond to steroid medication.
Halcinonide topical may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.
You should not use halcinonide topical if you are allergic to it.
Tell your doctor if you have ever had:
- any type of skin infection;
- a skin reaction to any steroid medicine;
- liver disease; or
- an adrenal gland disorder.
Steroid medicines can increase the glucose (sugar) levels in your blood or urine. Tell your doctor if you have diabetes.
It is not known if halcinonide will harm an unborn baby. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant.
It may not be safe to breastfeed while using this medicine. Ask your doctor about any risk. If you breastfeed, avoid applying this medicine to your nipple area.
Do not use this medicine on a child without medical advice. Children can absorb larger amounts of this medicine through the skin and may be more likely to have side effects.
Follow all directions on your prescription label and read all medication guides or instruction sheets. Use the medicine exactly as directed.
Do not take by mouth. Topical medicine is for use only on the skin.
Wash your hands before and after applying this medicine, unless you are using it to treat a hand condition.
Use only a small amount of medicine. Apply a thin layer and rub in gently.
Do not apply this medicine over a large area of skin unless your doctor has told you to.
Do not cover treated skin with a bandage unless your doctor tells you to.
If you are treating the diaper area, do not use plastic pants or tight-fitting diapers.
Call your doctor if your symptoms do not improve after 2 weeks of using this medicine.
You should not stop using halcinonide suddenly. Follow your doctor's instructions about tapering your dose.
Store at room temperature away from moisture and heat. Do not freeze.
Apply the medicine as soon as you can, but skip the missed dose if it is almost time for your next dose. Do not apply two doses at one time.
Seek emergency medical attention or call the Poison Help line at 1-800-222-1222 if anyone has accidentally swallowed the medication.
High doses or long-term use of steroid medicine can lead to thinning skin, easy bruising, changes in body fat (especially in your face, neck, back, and waist), increased acne or facial hair, menstrual problems, impotence, or loss of interest in sex.
Do not use this medicine to treat any condition that has not been checked by your doctor.
Avoid getting this medicine in your eyes, mouth, or vagina.
Get emergency medical help if you have signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficult breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.
Call your doctor at once if you have:
- worsening of your skin condition;
- redness, warmth, swelling, oozing, or severe irritation of any treated skin;
- high blood sugar--increased thirst, increased urination, dry mouth, fruity breath odor; or
- possible signs of absorbing this medicine through your skin--weight gain (especially in your face or your upper back and torso); slow wound healing, thinning skin, increased body hair; changes in sexual function; feeling depressed, anxious, or irritable.
Common side effects may include:
- burning, itching, or irritation of treated skin;
- increased hair growth;
- white or "pruned" appearance of the skin;
- rash, pimples; or
- changes in color of treated skin.
This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
Medicine used on the skin is not likely to be affected by other drugs you use, but many drugs can interact. Tell your doctor about all your current medicines, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products.
Your pharmacist can provide more information about halcinonide topical.
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