Name: Halobetasol

What special precautions should I follow?

Before using halobetasol,

  • tell your doctor and pharmacist if you are allergic to halobetasol or any other drugs.
  • tell your doctor and pharmacist what prescription and nonprescription medications you are taking, especially skin products containing hydrocortisone.
  • tell your doctor if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding. If you become pregnant while using halobetasol, call your doctor.

Halobetasol Side Effects

Common Side Effects of Halobetasol

Tell your doctor if the following side effects become severe or don't go away:

  • Burning
  • Stinging
  • Redness
  • Itching

Serious Side Effects of Halobetasol

Tell your doctor immediately if you experience any of the symptoms listed in the Halobetasol Warnings section above, or the following serious side effects:

  • Severe burning, itching, or redness
  • Skin thinning or discoloration
  • Severe skin rash
  • Swelling
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Excessive hair growth
  • Acne
  • Inflamed hair follicles
  • Irregular menstrual periods (in women)
  • Changes in sexual function
  • Signs of a skin infection, which may include redness, swelling, or oozing of the skin
  • Symptoms of anaphylaxis, which may include rash, hives, itching, difficulty breathing, tightness in the chest, or swelling of the face, mouth, lips, or tongue

Uses of Halobetasol

Halobetasol is a prescription medication used for the relief of the inflammation and itchiness caused by a variety of skin conditions.

This medication may be prescribed for other uses. Ask your doctor or pharmacist for more information.

Halobetasol Drug Class

Halobetasol is part of the drug class:

  • Corticosteroids, potent group III

Halobetasol Description

Halobetasol propionate ointment, 0.05% contains Halobetasol propionate, a synthetic corticosteroid for topical dermatological use. The corticosteroids constitute a class of primarily synthetic steroids used topically as an anti-inflammatory and antipruritic agent.

Chemically Halobetasol propionate is 21-chloro-6α, 9-difluoro-11β, 17-dihydroxy-16β-methylpregna-1, 4-diene-3-20-dione, 17-propionate, C25H31ClF2O5. It has the following structural formula:

Halobetasol propionate has the molecular weight of 485. It is a white crystalline powder insoluble in water.

Each gram of Halobetasol propionate ointment, 0.05% contains 0.5 mg of Halobetasol propionate in a base of aluminum stearate, beeswax, pentaerythritol cocoate, stearyl citrate, petrolatum, propylene glycol and sorbitan sesquioleate.

Dosing Geriatric

Refer to adult dosing.

Dosing Renal Impairment

There are no dosage adjustments provided in the manufacturer's labeling.

Dosing Hepatic Impairment

There are no dosage adjustments provided in the manufacturer's labeling.


Store at 25°C (77°F); excursions permitted to 15°C and 30°C (59°F to 86°F). Do not freeze.

Patient Education

• Discuss specific use of drug and side effects with patient as it relates to treatment. (HCAHPS: During this hospital stay, were you given any medicine that you had not taken before? Before giving you any new medicine, how often did hospital staff tell you what the medicine was for? How often did hospital staff describe possible side effects in a way you could understand?)

• Patient may experience dry skin, burning, itching, or stinging. Have patient report immediately to prescriber signs of high blood sugar (confusion, feeling sleepy, more thirst, hunger, passing urine more often, flushing, fast breathing, or breath that smells like fruit), signs of skin changes (pimples, stretch marks, slow healing, or hair growth), or severe skin irritation (HCAHPS).

• Educate patient about signs of a significant reaction (eg, wheezing; chest tightness; fever; itching; bad cough; blue skin color; seizures; or swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat). Note: This is not a comprehensive list of all side effects. Patient should consult prescriber for additional questions.

Intended Use and Disclaimer: Should not be printed and given to patients. This information is intended to serve as a concise initial reference for healthcare professionals to use when discussing medications with a patient. You must ultimately rely on your own discretion, experience and judgment in diagnosing, treating and advising patients.