Halcinonide | Side Effects, Dosage, Uses & More
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Generic Name:

halcinonide, Topical cream

All Brands

  • Halog
  • Halog -E (Discontinued)
A discontinued drug is a drug that has been taken off the market due to safety issues, shortage of raw materials, or low market demand.
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Highlights for halcinonide

Topical cream
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Halcinonide is used to treat short-term skin conditions that cause swelling, itching, and redness.

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This drug comes as a cream or ointment that you apply to your skin.

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This drug is available as the brand-name drug Halog. It is not available as a generic drug.

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The more common side effects of this drug include skin burning, itching, irritation, and dryness.

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In some cases, halcinonide can cause serious side effects. These can include weak skin that cracks and leads to infection.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION

Excess drug absorption

If too much of this drug is absorbed into your blood stream through your skin, it can cause conditions that change the amount of hormones your body makes. (Changing your hormone levels can disrupt the normal function of certain parts of your body.) These conditions include hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis suppression, which can cause high blood sugar levels, and Cushing’s syndrome.

These conditions are more likely to occur if you use this drug on a large portion of your body, use it for a long time, or cover the application area with bandages or dressings. These conditions go away when you stop using the drug. If any of these conditions occur, your doctor may have you stop this drug, use less of this drug, or switch to drug that is less likely to cause this problem.

Drug features

This drug is a prescription drug. It comes as a cream or ointment that you apply to your skin. It is available as the brand-name drug Halog. It isn’t available as a generic drug.

This drug may be used as part of a combination therapy. This means you may need to take it with other medications.

Why it's used

This drug is used to reduce swelling and itching from dermatosis.

How it works

This drug belongs to a class of drugs called corticosteroids.

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How it works

This drug belongs to a class of drugs called corticosteroids. A class of drugs is a group of medications that work in a similar way. These drugs are often used to treat similar conditions.

It is not known exactly how this drug works. It is thought that this drug narrows the blood vessels in your skin and decrease your body’s inflammatory response. This relieves itching, redness, and swelling.

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halcinonide Side Effects

Topical cream

More common side effects

The more common side effects of halcinonide can include:

  • burning

  • itching

  • irritation

  • dryness

If these effects are mild, they may go away within a few days or a couple of weeks. If they’re more severe or don’t go away, talk to your doctor or pharmacist.

Serious side effects

Call your doctor right away if you have serious side effects. Call 9-1-1 if your symptoms feel life-threatening or if you think you’re having a medical emergency. Serious side effects can include:

  • inflamed hair follicles

  • acne

  • allergic skin rash

  • skin infections

  • thinning or cracked skin

  • blocked sweat glands

Pharmacist's Advice
Healthline Pharmacist Editorial Team

This drug doesn’t cause drowsiness.

Disclaimer: Our goal is to provide you with the most relevant and current information. However, because drugs affect each person differently, we cannot guarantee that this information includes all possible side effects. This information is not a substitute for medical advice. Always discuss possible side effects with a healthcare provider who knows your medical history.
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halcinonide May Interact with Other Medications

Topical cream

An interaction is when a substance changes the way a drug works. This can be harmful or prevent the drug from working well. To help prevent interactions, your doctor should manage all of your medications carefully. Be sure to tell your doctor about all medications, vitamins, or herbs you’re taking.

To find out how this drug might interact with something else you’re taking, talk to your doctor or pharmacist.

Disclaimer: Our goal is to provide you with the most relevant and current information. However, because drugs interact differently in each person, we cannot guarantee that this information includes all possible interactions. This information is not a substitute for medical advice. Always speak with your healthcare provider about possible interactions with all prescription drugs, vitamins, herbs and supplements, and over-the-counter drugs that you are taking.
Drug warnings
pregnancy warning
Pregnancy warning

This drug is a category C pregnancy drug. That means two things:

  1. Research in animals has shown adverse effects to the fetus when the mother takes the drug.
  2. There haven’t been enough studies done in humans to be certain how the drug might affect the fetus.

Talk to your doctor if you’re pregnant or plan to become pregnant. This drug should only be used if the potential benefit justifies the potential risk to the fetus.

breast feeding warning
Women who are breast-feeding

This drug may pass into breast milk and cause side effects in a child who is breastfed.

Talk to your doctor if you breastfeed your child. You may need to decide whether to stop breastfeeding or stop taking this medication.

childrens warning
For children

Children are more likely to experience side effects from this drug than adults are. Long-term use of topical steroids in children may interfere with their growth and development.

drug transfer warning
Contact with drug

This drug can transfer to other people if they touch your treated skin. Talk to your doctor about what you should do to prevent this from happening.

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When to call the doctor

Call your doctor if your rash does not improve while you are using this medication.

allergy warning
Allergies

This drug can cause a severe allergic reaction. Symptoms can include:

  • Skin rash

If you have an allergic reaction, call your doctor or local poison control center right away. If your symptoms are severe, call 9-1-1 or go to the nearest emergency room.

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How to Take halcinonide (Dosage)

Topical cream

All possible dosages and drug forms may not be included here. Your dosage, drug form, and how often you use the drug will depend on:

  • your age
  • the condition being treated
  • how severe your condition is
  • other medical conditions you have
  • how you react to the first dose

What are you taking this medication for?

Skin irritation from dermatosis

Brand: Halog

Form: topical cream
Strength: 0.1%
Form: topical ointment
Strength: 0.1%
Adult dosage (ages 18 years and older)

Apply a thin layer to the affected area two to three times per day

Child dosage (ages 0–17 years)
  • Apply a thin layer to the affected area of your child’s skin two to three times per day. Rub the cream in gently.
  • Use the smallest amount of this drug that is effective.
  • When using this drug in the diaper area, do not use tight-fitting diapers or plastic pants on your child. These can cause more of the drug to get into your child’s bloodstream.

Disclaimer: Our goal is to provide you with the most relevant and current information. However, because drugs affect each person differently, we cannot guarantee that this list includes all possible dosages. This information is not a substitute for medical advice. Always to speak with your doctor or pharmacist about dosages that are right for you.
Pharmacist's Advice
Healthline Pharmacist Editorial Team

This drug comes with risks if you don’t take it as prescribed.

If you stop taking the drug suddenly or don’t take it at all

Your skin irritation may not improve or may even get worse.

If you miss doses or don’t take the drug on schedule

Your medication may not work as well or may stop working completely.

If you take too much

You may have more side effects or you could have dangerous levels of the drug in your body.

If you think you’ve used too much of this drug, call your doctor.

What to do if you miss a dose

Apply this drug as soon as you remember.

How to tell if the drug is working

The itching and pain from your skin condition will decrease or go away completely.

This drug is used for short-term treatment.

Store this drug carefully

  • Store this drug at room temperature. Avoid heat greater than 104°F (40ºC).

A prescription for this medication is refillable

You should not need a new prescription for this medication to be refilled. Your doctor will write the number of refills authorized on your prescription.

Travel

When traveling with your medication:

  • Always carry your medication with you. When flying, never put it into a checked bag. Keep it in your carry-on bag.
  • Don’t worry about airport x-ray machines. They can’t hurt your medication.
  • You may need to show airport staff the pharmacy label for your medication. Always carry the original prescription-labeled box with you.
  • Don’t put this medication in your car’s glove compartment or leave it in the car. Be sure to avoid doing this when the weather is very hot or very cold.

Self-management

This drug should be used only on your skin on the outside of your body. It should not to be used in your eyes or mouth or inside your body.

If you have psoriasis or other skin conditions, your doctor may tell you to apply a dressing or bandage over the medicated area. Only use dressings or bandages recommended by your doctor.

Clinical monitoring

Your doctor may monitor you for hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis suppression. This will help make sure you do not develop symptoms of HPA axis suppression or Cushing’s syndrome.

This monitoring may be done in two ways:

  • Your doctor may measure the levels of cortisol (a steroid hormone) in your urine.
  • Your doctor may measure changes in the level of cortisol in your blood before and after a stressor.

Insurance

Many insurance companies require a prior authorization for this drug. This means your doctor may need to get approval from your insurance company before your insurance company will pay for the prescription.

Are there any alternatives?

There are other drugs available to treat your condition. Some may be better suited for you than others. Talk to your doctor about other drug options that may work for you.

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Topical cream

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Content developed in collaboration with University of Illinois-Chicago, Drug Information Group

Medically reviewed by Creighton University, Center for Drug Information and Evidence-Based Practice on February 17, 2016

Disclaimer: Healthline has made every effort to make certain that all information is factually correct, comprehensive, and up-to-date. However, this article should not be used as a substitute for the knowledge and expertise of a licensed healthcare professional. You should always consult your doctor or other healthcare professional before taking any medication. The drug information contained herein is subject to change and is not intended to cover all possible uses, directions, precautions, warnings, drug interactions, allergic reactions, or adverse effects. The absence of warnings or other information for a given drug does not indicate that the drug or drug combination is safe, effective, or appropriate for all patients or all specific uses.
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