Halcinonide is a prescription medication approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat skin conditions associated with inflammation and itching.

Halcinonide is a high-potency corticosteroid. It is believed that halcinonide works in cases of psoriasis by suppressing immune system activity.

How do I take it?
Halcinonide is available as a topical cream, liquid, or ointment. Halcinonide is applied to the affected areas two or three times a day. Apply halcinonide at the same times each day. Wash your hands thoroughly after applying halcinonide.

Side effects... read more

Side effects of halcinonide may include painful stinging or burning, itching, redness, cracking, and dryness. These symptoms may ease after a few days when your body becomes accustomed to the drug.

The risk for serious side effects of halcinonide or other topical corticosteroids increase with the potency of the drug, prolonged use, use over larger areas of skin, and adding bandages or other covering (occlusion) after applying the medication. Like systemic corticosteroids, serious side effects may include weight gain, mood or vision changes, fatigue, puffy face, trouble sleeping, and, in children, slowed growth.

Notify your doctor if you experience vision problems, swelling of the feet or ankles, increased thirst or urine output, acne, thinning of the skin, new stretch marks, discoloration, unusual hair growth, or infections in the hair follicles (folliculitis) while taking halcinonide. Halcinonide may cause existing skin infections to become worse. Halcinonide can increase blood sugar levels in those with diabetes.

For answers to frequently asked questions about exposure to topical corticosteroids during pregnancy and breastfeeding, visit the experts at MothertoBaby.org.

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