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Haelan

Haelan

Haelan is a moderately potent topical corticosteroid, or topical steroid. This basically means that rather than taking the medicine by mouth, you apply it in cream or ointment form to your skin. You can use Haelan alongside things like moisturizers to treat inflammatory skin conditions like dermatitis and eczema. Topical steroids are used to reduce symptoms of flareups by reducing inflammation redness and itching. Although Haelan will not cure the underlying condition causing your inflammation, it could help to relieve the symptoms.  Though it’s typical for consultants and doctors to prescribe less potent topical steroids for children, a short course of this medication may be suitable in certain cases, such as when eczema is very severe. When applied to the skin, Haelan works by acting inside of the skin cells to reduce the release of inflammatory substances, and limit swelling or itching. When Haelan is applied on the skin it reduces itching, swelling and redness.   The ointment version of Haelan is greasier than the cream, and therefore often recommended for use with the drier scalier areas of the skin. Alternatively, weepy or moist skin that is treated with Haelan may require use of the cream.  

Haelan cream and ointment both come with the active ingredient flurandrenolide. This is a form of moderately potent topical corticosteroid. Topical corticosteroids are medicines intended for reducing inflammation, this can be a common problem for people with eczema

What is Haelan? 

Haelan is a moderately potent topical corticosteroid, or topical steroid. This basically means that rather than taking the medicine by mouth, you apply it in cream or ointment form to your skin. You can use Haelan alongside things like moisturizers to treat inflammatory skin conditions like dermatitis and eczema. Topical steroids are used to reduce symptoms of flareups by reducing inflammation redness and itching. Although Haelan will not cure the underlying condition causing your inflammation, it could help to relieve the symptoms. 

Though it’s typical for consultants and doctors to prescribe less potent topical steroids for children, a short course of this medication may be suitable in certain cases, such as when eczema is very severe. When applied to the skin, Haelan works by acting inside of the skin cells to reduce the release of inflammatory substances, and limit swelling or itching. When Haelan is applied on the skin it reduces itching, swelling and redness.  

The ointment version of Haelan is greasier than the cream, and therefore often recommended for use with the drier scalier areas of the skin. Alternatively, weepy or moist skin that is treated with Haelan may require use of the cream.  

When is Haelan used? 

Shorter courses of Haelan can be prescribed for the treatment of psoriasis, although it is rare to use this medication as a long-term treatment for this condition. You will probably be given this cream if the area of your skin to be treated are moist and weeping. You will probably be given the ointment version of this medication if your skin is particularly dry. 

In certain cases, it may be possible to get the adhesive tape version of this medication which can be cut to fit around specific areas of skin that have been difficult to treat in the past. Haelan ointment and cream are used in short doses to relieve various skin conditions including psoriasis, eczema, and a skin condition called lichen planus. In lichen planus, you get patches of skin that are flat and shiny.  

You can also use Haelan when you have a condition known as discoid erythematosus lupus, which happens when the immune system attacks the skin, or to treat the eruption of hard nodules in the skin with sever itching. Haelan can treat itchy and thickened skin, or just simple dermatitis.  

How do you use Haelan? 

Before you begin using Haelan it is important to ensure that you follow the instructions provided by your doctor carefully. Additionally, your prescription of Haelan should come with some manufacturer instructions or a patient leaflet included within the box. You can use this leaflet to get more information on things like how to use your new medication. Additionally, the patient leaflet can include some useful information about potential side effects for this medication.  

When you begin using this cream, it is important to wash your hands and the area that you are going to treat before applying the ointment. Pat the skin dry to avoid opening any sores or lesions. Make sure that you only apply a small amount of ointment or cream to the area which is inflamed. Applying more of the medicine than necessary will not cure your skin condition faster, but it could increase your chances of side effects.  

Your consultant will tell you how often you need to use Haelan as well as how long you should be using it for. You should not use this medication more than twice a day. If you are using more than one kind of topical corticosteroid to treat the same area of skin, make sure that you know where and when you should use each medication.  

If you are applying this medication to the face it should not be used for more than five days in a row. Additionally, you should not apply this medication to particularly large areas of skin for a long period of time as this can increase your risk of side effects.  

Remember to wash your hands after using this medication. Additionally, keep in mind that children are often more susceptible to side effects from topical steroids like Haelan. You will need to ensure that you are not using this medication on a child for more than two weeks unless your doctor has advised otherwise. 

What dosages are there? 

The amount of Haelan that you should use and the length of time that you will need to continue using this medication for will be determined by a doctor or consultant. Your dosage will depend on a number of factors, including the severity of your condition, any other medications that you are using and how you have responded to previous treatments. 

You will be told how often and when to apply Haelan. It should not be applied more than twice per day in most case. With topical steroids, the amount of medicine that you need to apply to the affected skin will usually be measured in fingertip units. Usually, a fingertip unit refers to the amount of cream that fits from the end of the finger to your first crease in your finger. A single fingertip unit should be enough to cover twice the size of an adult’s hand.  

Using more fingertip units of Haelan than your doctor recommends will increase your risk of side effects and other problems. If you do not use enough cream, then you may find that your conditions persist for longer. Contact your doctor if you do not see any improvement after several days of using this medication.  

What are the side effects of Haelan? 

All medications can sometimes cause unintended side effects alongside the effects that are intended when you are using them. It is important to remember that medicines effect different people in different ways. Reading through the list of side effects here and the information included with your patient leaflet will help you to feel more informed when you begin using Haelan 

Often, the side effects that are most common with Haelan will happen when your skin and body are first getting used to the new substance. These include irritation at the site of the application of the ointment or cream. You may feel that the skin is itching, burning, or swelling. It’s also possible to experience a few other side effects, such as the sudden appearance of stretchmarks, thinning of the skin, or changes in the pigmentation of your skin. Contact your doctor if you notice any groupings in the blood vessels underneath your skin. 

If you notice any side effects that are not listed here or in your patient leaflet, make sure that you speak to a doctor or pharmacist about your concerns. Although it is unlikely that you will experience a severe allergic reaction when using Haelan, you should stop using this medication immediately if you notice any signs of a reaction, including skin irritation at the site of the application, rashes, or swelling around the site. You should also stop using this medication if it causes swelling around the neck, throat or lips, or causes you to have trouble breathing. 

When shouldn't you use Haelan? 

Although Haelan is a relatively common treatment, it will not be suitable for all people. You will need to answer any questions that your consultant has about your medical history when you are using this substance and ensure that you are truthful. This medication should be used in caution for psoriasis and children. Additionally, it should not be used if you are allergic to any of the ingredients in Haelan. If you have other allergies, make sure that your consultant is aware of them. This medication can include inactive ingredients that cause reactions. 

Haelan should not be used for: 

  • The treatment of acne
  • Chronic inflammation around the facial skin; 
  • Children under the age of one; 
  • Viral infections like shingles, chickenpox or cold sores; 
  • Bacterial skin infections
  • Fungal skin infections like ringworm; 
  • Inflammatory infections around your mouth; 
  • Itching around the genitals or back passage; 
  • Skin sores caused by tuberculosis or syphilis; 
  • Plaque psoriasis
  • Weeping or ulcerated skin; 
  • Nappy rash. 

Does Haelan interact with any other medications? 

It is possible for this medication to affect other medications. However, there aren’t any severe interactions recorded at this time. To be sure that it is safe for you to take Haelan with any other medications that you are using, speak to your consultant. You will need to provide information on any medicines you are using, including over-the-counter remedies, herbal supplements, and drugs that have been prescribed by a doctor.  

It is important to note that you should give this medicine time to soak into the skin if you are going to be using any other medicines on the same area of skin. Ask your consultant how long you need to leave it between applying this medicine and another one. 

If you are using moisturizers before or after using this medication, make sure that you leave at least thirty minutes. Moisturizers can sometimes dilute Haelan and make it less effective.  

Where can you buy Haelan? 

It is possible to purchase Haelan online with a prescription. Once your doctor has seen your skin and advised using haelan, then you may start a consultation with one of our professionals and you can be prescribed a dose of Haelan. This will be sent to a pharmacy for you within 3 working days.  

Can you get Haelan without a prescription?  

Haelan isn’t currently available without a prescription. Please make sure that you finish a consultation before you get this medication.  

Sources 

Drugs.com, online, 2019, “Haelan cream” [Accessed 3rd of December 2019], Available on: https://www.drugs.com/uk/haelan-cream-leaflet.html  

Medicines.org, online, 2019 , “Fludroxycortide 4 micrograms per square centimetre Tape”, [Accessed 3rd of December 2019], Available on: https://www.medicines.org.uk/emc/product/2694/smpc