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Hydrocortisone (Topical)


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    • Brand Names: U.S.: Ala-Cort;Ala-Scalp;Anu-med HC;Anucort-HCT;Anusol-HC®;Aquanil HC® [OTC];Beta-HC® [OTC];Caldecort® [OTC];Colocort®;Cortaid® Advanced [OTC];Cortaid® Intensive Therapy [OTC];Cortaid® Maximum Strength [OTC];Cortenema®;CortiCool® [OTC];Cortifoam®;Cortizone-10® Hydratensive Healing [OTC];Cortizone-10® Hydratensive Soothing [OTC];Cortizone-10® Intensive Healing Eczema [OTC];Cortizone-10® Maximum Strength Cooling Relief [OTC];Cortizone-10® Maximum Strength Easy Relief [OTC];Cortizone-10® Maximum Strength Intensive Healing Formula [OTC];Cortizone-10® Maximum Strength [OTC];Cortizone-10® Plus Maximum Strength [OTC];Dermarest® Eczema Medicated [OTC];Hemril® -30;Hydrocortisone Plus [OTC];HydroSKIN® [OTC];Locoid Lipocream®;Locoid®;Pandel®;PediadermT HC;Preparation H® Hydrocortisone [OTC];Procto-PakT;Proctocort®;ProctoCream®-HC;Proctosol-HC®;Proctozone-HC 2.5%T;Recort [OTC];Scalpana [OTC];TexacortT;U-Cort®;Westcort®
    • Brand Names: Canada: Aquacort®;Cortamed®;Cortenema®;CortifoamT;Emo-Cort®;HycortT;Hyderm;HydroVal®;Locoid®;Prevex® HC;Sarna® HC;Westcort®

    • It is used to treat skin rashes.
    • It is used to treat signs of hemorrhoids or rectal irritation.
    • It is used to treat ulcerative colitis.
    • Hydrocortisone replaces a chemical made in the body.
    • It stops or lowers irritation and swelling.


    How to take

    • Rectal:
    • Use suppository, rectal cream, foam, or rectal suspension rectally.
    • Take foil off the rectal suppository and put in, pointed end first. Do not handle too much.
    • Skin:
    • Do not take this drug by mouth. Use on your skin only. Keep out of your mouth, nose, and eyes (may burn).
    • Wash your hands before and after use.
    • Clean affected part before use. Make sure to dry well.
    • Put a thin layer on the affected skin and rub in gently.
    • If using on the groin, use a little bit. Do not wear tight clothing.

    Missed Dose

    • Use a missed dose as soon as you think about it.
    • If it is close to the time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your normal time.
    • Do not use 2 doses or extra doses.
    • Do not change the dose or stop this drug. Talk with the doctor.


    • Store at room temperature.



    • Sometimes drugs are not safe when you take them with certain other drugs. Taking them together can cause bad side effects. This is one of those drugs. Be sure to talk to your doctor about all the drugs you take.


    • If you have an allergy to hydrocortisone or any other part of this drug.
    • Tell your doctor if you are allergic to any drugs. Make sure to tell about the allergy and what signs you had. This includes telling about rash; hives; itching; shortness of breath; wheezing; cough; swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat; or any other signs.
    • If you have a bad infection.


    • Keep a list of all your drugs (prescription, natural products, vitamins, OTC) with you. Give this list to your doctor.
    • Check all drugs you are taking with your doctor. This drug may not mix well with some other drugs.
    • Do not use coverings (bandages, dressings, make-up) unless told to do so by your doctor.
    • Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan on getting pregnant.
    • Tell your doctor if you are breast-feeding.

    Side Effects

    • Skin irritation.
    • Rectal:
    • Burning.
    • Pain.

    Contact a healthcare provider

    • If you think there was an overdose, call your local poison control center or ER right away.
    • Signs of a very bad reaction to the drug. These include wheezing; chest tightness; fever; itching; bad cough; blue or gray skin color; seizures; or swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat.
    • Signs of infection. These include a fever of 100.5°F (38°C) or higher, chills, very bad sore throat, ear or sinus pain, cough, more sputum or change in color of sputum, pain with passing urine, mouth sores, wound that will not heal, or anal itching or pain.
    • Feeling very tired, weak, or touchy; trembling; having a fast heartbeat, confusion, sweating, or dizziness if you missed a dose or recently stopped this drug.
    • Very bad skin irritation.
    • Very bad bleeding from rectum or rectal pain.
    • Sudden change in eyesight.
    • Any rash.
    • Side effect or health problem is not better or you are feeling worse.

    General Statements

    • If you have a very bad allergy, wear an allergy ID at all times.
    • Do not share your drugs with others and do not take anyone else's drugs.
    • Keep all drugs out of the reach of children and pets.
    • Most drugs may be thrown away in household trash after mixing with coffee grounds or kitty litter and sealing in a plastic bag.
    • In Canada, take any unused drugs to the pharmacy. Also, visit http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/hl-vs/iyh-vsv/med/disposal-defaire-eng.php#th to learn about the right way to get rid of unused drugs.
    • Keep a list of all your drugs (prescription, natural products, vitamins, OTC) with you. Give this list to your doctor.
    • Call your doctor for help with any side effects. If in the U.S., you may also call the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 or if in Canada, you may also call Health Canada's Vigilance Program at 1-866-234-2345.
    • Talk with the doctor before starting any new drug, including OTC, natural products, or vitamins.

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    The information in this monograph is intended for informational purposes only, and is meant to help users better understand health concerns. Information is based on review of scientific research data, historical practice patterns, and clinical experience. This information should not be interpreted as specific medical advice. Users should consult with a qualified healthcare provider for specific questions regarding therapies, diagnosis and/or health conditions, prior to making therapeutic decisions.

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