What is this medication and its most common uses?Ultravate is a topical medicine (applied directly on the skin) used to treat swelling and itching caused by certain skin disorders. Ultravate is available as a cream and ointment.
What should I know when beginning and continuing on this medication?How does this medication work?
Ultravate works by reducing skin irritation, such as swelling and itching.
What are the beneficial effects of this medication and when should I begin to have results?
What: Ultravate may help clear or relieve the symptoms of certain skin conditions.
When: Everyone responds differently to treatment, so try to be patient and follow your healthcare provider's directions. It is important that you use Ultravate exactly as your healthcare provider has prescribed.
How do I know it is working?
You may feel an improvement in your symptoms once you begin using Ultravate. This is a good indicator that your medication is working. Your healthcare provider may ask you questions to assess how well your symptoms are controlled.
What are the possible side effects of this medication?The following is not a full list of side effects. Side effects cannot be anticipated. If any develop or change in intensity, tell your healthcare provider as soon as possible. Only your healthcare provider can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking this medication.
More common side effects may include: stinging, burning, itching.
More common side effects may include: stinging, burning.
Less common side effects of Ultravate may include:
Adrenal insufficiency (a disorder where the body does not make enough of certain hormones), with symptoms such as tiredness that worsens and does not go away, nausea or vomiting, dizziness or fainting, muscle weakness, irritability and depression, loss of appetite, or weight loss.
Cushing's syndrome (a hormone disorder), with symptoms such as weight gain, especially around your upper back and midsection; slow healing of cuts, insect bites, and infections; tiredness and muscle weakness; depression, anxiety, and irritability; roundness of your face (moon face); or new or worsening high blood pressure.
High blood sugar, with symptoms such as excessive thirst, an increase in urination, increased appetite, weakness, confusion, fruity smelling breath, or feeling sick to your stomach.
Skin reactions, with symptoms such as irritation, dryness, changes in your skin color, or infection.
Who should not take this medication?Do not use Ultravate if you are allergic to it or any of its ingredients.
What should I tell my healthcare provider before I take the first dose of this medication?Tell your healthcare provider about all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medications you are taking before beginning treatment with Ultravate. Also, talk to your healthcare provider about your complete medical history, especially if you have other skin conditions such as rosacea or a skin infection.
What is the usual dosage?The information below is based on the dosage guidelines your healthcare provider uses. Depending on your condition and medical history, your healthcare provider may prescribe a different regimen. Do not change the dosage or stop taking your medication without your healthcare provider's approval.
Adults and children ≥12 years: Apply a thin layer once or twice a day to the affected area(s) as directed by your healthcare provider.
How should I take this medication?Use Ultravate exactly as prescribed by your healthcare provider. Do not use it more often or stop using it without first talking to your healthcare provider.
Rub Ultravate into your skin gently and completely.
Do not use more than 50 grams of Ultravate per week.
Do not use Ultravate for longer than 2 weeks in a row. If you do not see an improvement in your condition in 2 weeks, call your healthcare provider.
What should I avoid while taking this medication?Do not get Ultravate in your eyes, and do not use it on your face, underarms, or groin area.
Do not bandage or cover the skin treated with Ultravate unless your healthcare provider tells you to.
What are the possible food and drug interactions associated with this medication?No significant interactions have been reported with Ultravate at this time. However, always tell your healthcare provider about any medicines you take, including over-the-counter medications, vitamins, and herbal supplements.
May I receive this medication if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?The effects of Ultravate during pregnancy and breastfeeding are unknown. Tell your healthcare provider immediately if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.
What should I do if I miss a dose of this medication?If you miss a dose of Ultravate, apply it as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the one you missed and return to your regular dosing schedule. Do not apply two doses at once.
How should I store this medication?Store at room temperature.
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