Classifications: antiinflammatory; fluorinated steroid; Therapeutic: antiinflammatory; steroid
Pregnancy Category: C
0.1% ointment, cream, solution
Fluorinated steroid with substituted 17-hydroxyl group. Crosses cell membranes, complexes with nuclear DNA and stimulates
synthesis of enzymes thought to be responsible for antiinflammatory effects.
Exhibits antiinflammatory, antipyretic, and vasocontrictive properties.
Relief of pruritic and inflammatory manifestations of corticosteroid-responsive dermatoses.
Use on large body surface area; long-term use; infection; acne vulgaris, acne rosacea, perioral dermatitis; pregnancy (category
Diabetes mellitus; older adults.
Route & Dosage
Adult: Topical Apply thin layer b.i.d. or t.i.d.
Child: Topical Apply thin layer once/d
- Wash skin gently and dry thoroughly before each application.
- Note: Ointment is preferred for dry scaly lesions. Moist lesions are best treated with solution.
- Do not apply in or around the eyes.
- Do not apply occlusive dressings over areas covered with halcinonide unless specifically prescribed.
- Store at 15°30° C (59°86° F).
Adverse Effects (≥1%)Endocrine:
Reversible HPA axis suppression, hyperglycemia, glycosuria. Skin:
Burning, itching, irritation, erythema
, dryness, folliculitis, hypertrichosis, pruritus, acneiform eruptions, hypopigmentation,
perioral dermatitis, allergic contact dermatitis, stinging cracking/tightness of skin, secondary infection
, skin atrophy,
striae, miliaria, telangiectasia.
Minimum through intact skin; increased from axilla, eyelid, face, scalp, scrotum, or with occlusive dressing.
Assessment & Drug Effects
- Discontinue if signs of infection or irritation occur.
- Monitor for systemic corticosteroid effects that may occur with occlusive dressings or topical applications over large areas
Patient & Family Education
- Do not use an occlusive dressing with this drug unless specifically directed to do so by physician.
- Wash your hands before and after applying this topical medicine.
- Do not get any of the medication in your eyes. If you do, rinse it out with plenty of cool tap water.