What should I know about halobetasol propionate before using it?

Before using halobetasol propionate, you should know some safety information about using this medication. Halobetasol propionate should be used exactly as prescribed by your doctor because it is a very strong corticosteroid, and using it for longer than recommended or for large areas of skin may increase the amount of the drug that is absorbed into the body. This may increase the risk for serious side effects such as Cushing's syndrome, a condition that causes emotional changes, high blood pressure, and weight gain. Wearing a tight bandage or wrap over skin treated with halobetasol propionatemay also increases those risks.

Children are also more likely to absorb higher amounts of corticosteroids into their bodies, which may affect their growth rate. To reduce this risk, halobetasol propionate should be used with caution in children, and it should only be used for short periods of time.

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