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What should I know before using halobetasol ointment?

Before using halobetasol ointment, you should know some safety information about using this medication. Halobetasol ointment should be used exactly as prescribed by your doctor because it is a very strong corticosteroid, and using it for longer than two weeks or for large areas of skin 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 the skin treated with halobetasol ointment also may increase 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 ointment should be used only in children over 12 years of age with caution and for short periods of time.

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