HALCINONIDE - Watsons Health

HALCINONIDE

COMMON BRAND NAME(S): Halog

GENERIC NAME(S): HALCINONIDE

 

Description: Halcinonide exerts anti-inflammatory, antipruritic and vasoconstrictor actions.

This medication is a strong corticosteroid that reduces the swelling, itching and redness in such skin conditions (e.g., eczema, dermatitis, allergies, rash).

 

How to use halcinonide topical

Use this medication on the skin only. However, do not use it on the face, groin, or underarms unless directed to do so by your doctor.

 

Wash and dry your hands. Before applying the medication, clean and dry the affected area. Apply a thin film of the medication to the affected area and gently rub in, usually 2-3 times daily or as directed by your doctor. Do not cover, bandage, or wrap the area unless directed to do so by your doctor. If used in the diaper area on an infant, do not use tight-fitting diapers or plastic pants.

 

After applying the medication, wash your hands unless you are using this medication to treat the hands. When applying this medication near the eyes, avoid getting it in the eyes as this may worsen or cause glaucoma. Also, avoid getting this medication in the eyes, nose, or mouth. If you get the medication in these areas, rinse with plenty of water.

 

Use this medication only for the condition for which it was prescribed. Do not use it for longer than prescribed.

 

Inform your doctor if your condition persists or worsens.

Burning, itching, irritation, or dryness may occur at first application. It disappears in a few days as your body adjusts to the medication. If any of these effects persist or worsen, notify your doctor or pharmacist promptly.

 

Tell your doctor promptly if any of these unlikely but serious side effects occur:

 

  • stretch marks
  • skin thinning/discoloration
  • acne
  • extreme/unwanted hair growth
  • “hair bumps” (folliculitis)

 

 

Notify your doctor if redness, swelling, or irritation does not improve.

 

Rarely, this medication may be absorbed from the skin into the bloodstream. This can lead to side effects of too much corticosteroid in children, and in people who use this medication for a long time or over large areas of the skin. Tell your doctor right away if any of the following side effects occur:

 

  • unusual/extreme tiredness
  • weight loss
  • headache
  • swelling ankles/feet
  • increased thirst/urination
  • vision problems.

 

 

A very serious allergic reaction to this drug is rare. However, seek immediate medical attention if you notice any symptoms of a serious allergic reaction, including:

 

  • rash
  • itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat)
  • severe dizziness
  • trouble breathing.

 

 

This is not a complete list of possible side effects. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.

Before using halcinonide, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to it; or to other corticosteroids (e.g., hydrocortisone, prednisone); or if you have any other allergies. Also, tell your doctor or pharmacist your medical history, especially of: poor blood circulation, immune system problems.

 

Do not use if there is an infection or sore present in the area to be treated.

 

Inform your doctor or dentist that you are using this medication or have used this medication within the past few months if you get a serious illness/injury, having surgery or emergency treatment.

 

This medication should be used only when clearly needed during pregnancy. It is not known whether this drug passes into breast milk when applied to the skin. Other medications in this class pass into breast milk when taken by mouth. Consult your doctor before breast-feeding.

 

Interactions

 

Your doctor or pharmacist may already be aware of any possible drug interactions and may be monitoring you for them. Do not start, stop, or change the dosage of any medicine before checking with your doctor or pharmacist first.

 

Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist of all prescription and nonprescription/herbal products you may use, especially of:

  • corticosteroids taken by mouth (e.g., prednisone)
  • drugs that suppress the immune system (e.g., cyclosporine).

 

This document does not contain all possible interactions. Therefore, before using this product, tell your doctor or pharmacist of all the products you use. Keep a list of all your medications with you, and share the list with your doctor and pharmacist.

This medicine may be harmful if swallowed. Contact a poison control center or emergency room immediately if swallowing or overdose is suspected.

 

Notes

Do not share this medication with others.

 

This medication has been prescribed for your current condition only. Do not use it later for other skin problems unless told to do so by your doctor. A different medication may be necessary in those cases.

 

Laboratory and/or medical tests (such as adrenal gland function tests) may be performed periodically to monitor your progress or check for side effects, especially if you use this drug for an extended period of time or apply it over large areas of the body. Consult your doctor for more details.

 

Inform all your doctors you use or have used this medication.

 

Missed Dose

If you miss a dose, use it as soon as you remember. If it is near the time of the next dose, skip the missed dose and resume your usual dosing schedule. Do not double the dose to catch up.

 

Storage

Store at room temperature between 59-86 degrees F (15-30 degrees C) away from light and moisture. Do not freeze. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep all medicines away from children and pets.

 

Do not flush medications down the toilet or pour them into a drain unless instructed to do so. Properly discard this product when it is expired or no longer needed. Consult your pharmacist or local waste disposal company for more details about how to safely discard your product.

 

Brands

 

There are no brands containing this molecule.

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