Halcinonide (Topical)

Halcinonide is a topical application used to reduce irritation and inflammation of the skin.

Overview

Halcinonide is a corticosteroid that is used to relieve symptoms of skin irritation. The cream, ointment or solution is applied to the skin to relieve swelling, itching, redness and other discomforts caused by skin irritation.

Halcinonide is prescribed as Halog cream, Halog ointment or Halog solution. This medication is usually applied 2-3 times daily in a thin layer and is gently rubbed into the affected area.

You should never wrap or cover the treated area unless you have been directed to by your doctor. Doing so will increase the dose absorbed and can increase the side effects experienced.

Condition treated

  • Irritation of the skin

Type Of Medicine

  • Corticosteroid

Side Effects

Halcinonide is a corticosteroid and can cause some serious unwanted side effects to the body. These side effects will be increased in cases where too high a dose of the treatment is used. While not all of the following side effects may occur, in some cases where they do patients will need to seek medical attention:

Patients should consult their doctor immediately if they experience any of the following side effects:

  • of the skin:
  •  Burning
  •  Crusting
  •  Dryness
  •  Flaking
  •  Itching
  •  Scaling
  •  Severe redness
  • Soreness
  •  Swelling
  •  Irritation
  • Thinning of the skin
  • Easy bruising
  • Redness or scaling around the mouth

Other side effects from the use of Halcinonide may occur that are less serious. In these cases it is not normally necessary to seek medical attention. These side effects will normally abate over time and do not usually indicate the occurrence of wider medical problems. You can consult your healthcare professional if any of these side effects are ongoing or become bothersome:

  • Acne
  • Burning or itching or the skin
  • Increase in growth of hair, commonly on the forehead, back, arms or legs
  • Lightening of skin coloration
  • Pain, itching, pus or bringing of hair follicles
  • Pimples
  • Red or purple lines on the arms, face, legs, trunk and groin
  • Small red blisters
  • Softening of the skin

Other side effects that have not been listed herein can also occur. If you experience any other side effects then you should contact your doctor for advice on how best to alleviate them.

Dosage

This medication should only be used as you have been directed by your doctor. Using it more frequently or in larger doses than ordered can lead to an increase in side effects that are experienced. Further skin irritation may occur with overuse.

Halcinonide is for use on the skin only. It should not be used on any broken skin nor in any orifices. Do not use near the eyes, nose, mouth, vagina, rectum or penis. If you do get any of the medication in these areas you must clean them thoroughly with water straight away.

This medication is only intended for the treatment of certain conditions of the skin and could make other skin conditions worse. You should only use it on the area that you have been directed to by your doctor. If a new skin irritation occurs then you should consult your doctor again.

To use this medication follow these steps:

  • Wash hands and affected area thoroughly
  • Apply a layer of treatment and rub into the affected area gently
  • Do not cover or wrap the treated area unless you have been instructed to by your doctor
  • In children you should avoid covering applied cream with a tight-fitting diaper
  • If you have been instructed to wrap or cover the treated area then you should do so only as directed. Covering the treated area will increase the amount of medication that is absorbed into the body.

This medication should be used only as you have been directed to by your doctor. This following information is a guideline only and should not be used to adjust your dose:

  • Adults and children should apply the treatment as directed 2-3 times per day.

If a dose is missed then you should apply it as soon as possible. If you are close to your next dose being due, however, then you should simply skip the missed dose and return to the normal schedule of dosing.

Interactions

Certain medications should not be used together because they can interact severely with one another in the body. In the most serious cases this can cause life-threatening results. In less serious cases medications may prevent each other from working or may increase the risk of certain side effects occurring.

To ensure that you are not exposed to risk from drug interactions it is very important that you inform your doctor of all medications that you are taking before you begin use of this treatment. This includes all prescribed medications, supplements, herbal remedies and over the counter treatments. For the use of Halcinonide it is particularly important that you inform your doctor if you are using any other corticosteroids or if you are using any other topical applications to treat the skin condition.

Other interactions can also occur with the foods that you eat and the liquids that you consume. Oftentimes dietary changes can help to relieve symptoms and in some cases certain substances or foods may cause a condition to worsen. Discuss your use of food, drink and tobacco with your doctor before use of Halcinonide.

Other medical problems from which you suffer can also have an impact on the use of Halcinonide. You should inform your doctor of all conditions from which you suffer before you begin use of Halcinonide, but this is especially important if you have any of the following conditions

All of these conditions may be worsened by the use of Halcinonide.

  • Infection of the skin
  • Broken skin
  • Large sores

Halcinonide should not be applied to areas with these conditions as doing so may cause an increase in unwanted side effects.

Warnings

Before using any medication you should consider the risks in relation to the benefits. Consider the following with your doctor to aid in making this decision:

Allergies ' You must inform your doctor of any allergies that you have. This is especially important if you have ever suffered from an allergic reaction or unusual reaction to any medications in the past. An allergy to corticosteroids may prohibit use of this treatment.

Pediatric'This medication is safe for use in children but caution needs to be exercised as it has a high level of toxicity. Children can absorb large amounts of the medication into their body so you need to follow instructions carefully. When applied to the diaper area it is particularly important that the child is not then put into tight-fitting diapers. Doing so will increase the amount of medication that is absorbed by the child.

Geriatric' There are no known limitations to the use of this treatment in elderly patients.

Pregnancy 'This medication should only be used during pregnancy when the benefit clearly outweighs the risk. Use in high doses can put the fetus at risk. You must inform your doctor before use if you are pregnant.

Breastfeeding' Corticosteroids can appear in human breast milk and could be passed on to a nursing infant. The consumption of this milk could put the infant at risk and this should be discussed with your doctor. Inform your doctor if you are breastfeeding an infant before use and discuss the risks in relation to the benefits of continuing.

Your doctor will need to check up on you or your child during use of this treatment to ensure that it is working properly and effectively. This will also enable your doctor to check for any unwanted effects that could occur from the use of this medication.

If symptoms have not begun to visibly improve within a few days then you will need to contact your doctor. If conditions begin to worsen then you should contact your doctor immediately.

The use of this medication in large doses or for a long period of time can increase the risk of the occurrence of adrenal gland problems. This risk is also greater in children who are using the treatment over a long period of time. If you notice any symptoms of adrenal gland problems then you should contact your doctor straight away. These symptoms can include:

  • Blurring of vision
  • Fainting or faintness
  • Dizziness
  • Increased heart rate
  • Irregularity of heart rate
  • Increased thirstiness
  • Increased urination
  • Irritability
  • Unusual tiredness
  • Unusual weakness

If new and severe irritation of the skin begins to occur from the use of this treatment then you should stop use immediately and contact your doctor.

You should not use other topical applications in the affected area unless this has been discussed with your doctor. Other topical applications may interact with this medication and can cause the condition to worsen.

You should not apply any cosmetic applications to the affected area. Doing so can worsen the condition and may cause more medication to be absorbed into the body too.

Do not take any other medications in conjunction with this treatment unless they have been approved by your prescribing doctor.

Storage

This medication can be stored at room temperature. It must be prevented from freezing and kept away from heat, moisture and direct light.

Always store Halcinonide well out of the reach of children.

Dispose of outdated and unwanted medication safely as directed by your doctor.

Summary

Halcinonide is a topical corticosteroid that is used to treat inflammation and irritation of the skin. It can be applied as an ointment, cream or solution and is available only with a prescription.

Halcinonide can be used in children as well as in adults although children will be at a greater risk of side effects and toxicity. When applying the treatment to children it is especially important that you follow your doctor's directions exactly.

Halcinonide is usually applied in a thin layer and rubbed gently into the affected area 2-3 times daily. You should not cover or wrap the treated area unless you have been instructed to by the doctor. Doing so will increase the amount of medication absorbed and can put you at risk of greater side effects occurring. When applying to the diaper region in children it is important not to then use a tight-fitting diaper as this can have the same effect.