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   Hydrocortisone

Hydrocortisone
(topical) (cream, Kit, Ointment, Lotion, Spray)


Treats skin irritation, allergic reactions, and other types of skin problems. Belongs to a class of drugs called corticosteroids.

ALTERNATE NAMES

Locoid Lipocream, Locoid, Hytone, Pandel, Caldecort, Medi-Cortisone Maximum Strength, U-cort, Quality Choice Hydrocortisone, Keratol HC, Cortaid Sensitive Skin w/Aloe, Cortaid Maximum Strength, NuZon, Westcort, Cotacort, Microcort
 
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Hydrocortisone
Locoid Lipocream, Locoid, Hytone, Pandel, Caldecort, Medi-Cortisone Maximum Strength, U-cort, Quality Choice Hydrocortisone, Keratol HC, Cortaid Sensitive Skin w/Aloe, Cortaid Maximum Strength, NuZon, Westcort, Cotacort, Microcort
Uses
Treats skin irritation, allergic reactions, and other types of skin problems. Belongs to a class of drugs called corticosteroids.

Storage
  • Store at room temperature, away from heat, moisture, and direct light.
  • Do not freeze. Keep all medicine out of the reach of children.


How To Use
  • APPEARANCE: Cream, Kit, Ointment, Lotion, Spray, Gel/Jelly, Stick, Liquid. Your doctor will tell you how much to use and how often.
  • This medicine comes with patient instructions.
  • Read and follow these instructions carefully.
  • Ask your doctor or pharmacist if you have any questions. Use only on the skin.
  • You should not use this medicine in or around your eyes. You should not use this medicine on your face or neck unless your doctor told you to do so. Apply a thin layer to the affected area.
  • Rub in gently. Shake the lotion well before using. The spray could catch on fire.
  • Do not use the spray near high heat or flame. Do not cover the treated skin with a bandage unless your doctor tells you to do so. If this medicine is used on the diaper area of a child, avoid using tight-fitting diapers or plastic pants.

Side Effects
  • Call your doctor right away if you notice any of these side effects: Severe itching, burning, or skin irritation Redness, swelling, drainage, or pus from the area or other signs of infection

Precautions
  • You should not use this medicine if you have had an allergic reaction to hydrocortisone or any other related medicine, such as triamcinolone (Aristocort®), betamethasone (Valisone®), or fluocinonide (Lidex®).

Missed Dose
  • Put on the missed dose as soon as possible. Skip the missed dose if it is almost time for your next regular dose. You should not use two doses at the same time.

Drug Interactions
  • If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, talk to your doctor before using hydrocortisone. Make sure your doctor knows if you have glaucoma, tuberculosis, diabetes, chickenpox, or a skin infection. You should not use this medicine for other skin conditions without first checking with your doctor or pharmacist.

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