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It is used as a cream to treat mild to moderate inflammatory skin disorders such as mild to moderate eczema (itchy skin rash)contact dermatitis (e.g. after contact with certain plants, cosmetics, irritants like detergents), insect bite reactions. Orally it is used to reduce pain, swelling, and inflammation and to reduce the body’s immune response. In general, this drug is used to treat hormonal conditions when the body does not produce enough of its own st**ds, and to treat a range of immune and allergic conditions. Hydrocortisone is used as an injection for treating various conditions such as severe allergic reactions, arthritis, blood diseases, breathing problems, certain cancers, eye diseases, intestinal disorders, and skin diseases. The injectable form of hydrocortisone is used when a similar drug cannot be taken by mouth or when a very fast treatment is needed, especially in patients with severe medical conditions. This drug may also be used with other medications as a replacement for certain hormones.
How it works
Hydrocortisone belongs to a group of medicines called corticost**ds. It prevents and treats allergic and inflammatory reactions by decreasing the number of blood cells that cause inflammation and allergy.
Common side effects
skin thinning, striae, dilated and prominent blood vessels of the skin, worsening of the condition that is being treated, suppression of hormone release from higher centers in the brain after prolonged treatment, Allergy.
Do not use this medicine:
- if you are allergic to hydrocortisone or any of the other ingredients in this medicine.
- on the broken or infected skin.
- on the face or near your eyes.
- on the anal or genital areas.
- if you are pregnant.
Do not apply plasters or dressings over the cream. Do not use on children under 10 years, unless your doctor tells you to. Do not use for a duration more than that is prescribed by your doctor, especially in children.
Do consult your doctor, if the skin condition does not improve after application at prescribed dose and duration. The injection can make you dizzy.
Do not drive, use machinery, or do any activity that requires alertness until you are sure you can perform such activities safely. The injection may mask signs of infection or put you at greater risk of developing very serious infections. Report to your doctor any injuries or signs of infection (e.g., persistent sore throat/cough/fever, pain during urination, muscle aches) that occur while using this medication or within 12 months after stopping it.
Frequently asked questions
Q. Is hydrocortisone safe?
Hydrocortisone belongs to a class of medications called corticost**ds. Hydrocortisone is safe when used at prescribed dose and duration as advised by your doctor.
Q. Is hydrocortisone the same as cortisone, cort stim, corts?
Cort s is the proprietary (brand) name of hydrocortisone injection. Cortisone is another name of hydrocortisone. Cort stim is contracted (short) form for cortisol stimulation test.
Q. Is hydrocortisone good for ringworm, cold sores, hemorrhoids, scars or burns?
No. Hydrocortisone is contraindicated in any condition where the skin is infected or inflamed.
Q. Does hydrocortisone help in eczema, acne, hives, dry skin and thrush?
Hydrocortisone relieves the itching associated with eczema and local swelling and itching associated with hives. It should not be used in acne, dry skin, and thrush.
Q. Can I take ibuprofen, Tylenol or Benadryl with hydrocortisone?
NSAIDs like ibuprofen, Tylenol (acetaminophen), Benadryl (paracetamol, diphenhydramine, and phenylephrine) should not be taken if hydrocortisone is being taken orally. There is however little chance of interaction between hydrocortisone for local application and other drugs that are taken orally. Always follow the advice of the doctor regarding the use of hydrocortisone ointment/cream and other medications.