What should I know about halcinonide ointment before using it?

Before using halcinonide ointment, you should know some safety information about using this medication. Halcinonide ointment should be used exactly as prescribed by your doctor because it is a strong corticosteroid, and using it for longer than recommended or for large areas of skin may either increase the amount of the drug that is absorbed into the body or may increase the risk for serious side effects. Also, children are more likely to absorb higher amounts of corticosteroids into their bodies, which may affect their growth rate. To reduce this risk, halcinonide ointment should be used with caution and for short periods of time in children. To reduce the risk for other complications, halcinonide ointment should not be used on skin that is broken or infected.

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