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Halometasone is used to treat chronic psoriasis vulgaris (a chronic, non-contagious disease characterized by silvery-white scales appearing on the skin) and non-infected acute eczematous dermatoses (eczema; a type of itchy skin rash).

How it works

Halometasone belongs to class of drugs called corticosteroids. It works by blocking the production of inflammatory mediators thereby relieving inflammation, swelling and itching.

Common side effects

Bone disorder, Increased glucose level in blood, Decreased sodium level in blood, Impaired healing, Increased sweating, Irregular menstrual cycle, Loss of muscle mass, Muscle fractures, Susceptibility to infections, Thinning of skin


Expert advice

  • Halometasone cream or ointment is for external application only.
  • Do not use halometasone to treat any other skin disorder that has not been checked by your doctor.
  • Do not apply halometasone on your face, underarms, or groin area unless advised by your doctor.
  • Do not use under occlusive dressings or on large surface area as systemic absorption can produce severe side effects.
  • Seek medical advice if your condition does not improve within 2 weeks, or if you develop bacterial, fungal, or viral skin infection.
  • Stop applying halometasone if you develop any severe allergic reactions.
  • Do not apply in larger or smaller amounts or for longer duration than recommended.
  • Tell your doctor if you are or planning to become pregnant or are breastfeeding.

Content on this page was last updated on 30 September, 2016, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)