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What is Hydrocortisone used for?

Hydrocortisone tablet is used to treat several conditions, which include allergic disorders, certain blood disorders, arthritis, ulcerative colitis, lupus, Crohn's disease, breathing disorders such as asthma, and skin conditions such as psoriasis. This medication is in a class of drugs called corticosteroids. It works by reducing inflammation, swelling, and irritation.

Hydrocortisone cream is used to treat inflammation, redness, irritation, itching, and swelling caused by a number of skin conditions such as allergies, dermatitis, eczema, psoriasis, and rash. This medicine may also be used to treat other conditions as determined by your doctor.

What is the recommended dosage of Hydrocortisone?

The dosage of Hydrocortisone prescribed to each patient will vary. Always follow your physician’s instructions and/or the directions on the prescription drug label.

Hydrocortisone tablet should be taken with food.

Wash and dry your hands before using Hydrocortisone cream. Apply a thin film of the cream onto the affected area.

What if you miss a dose of Hydrocortisone?

If your physician has instructed or directed you to use Hydrocortisone medication in a regular schedule and you have missed a dose of this medicine, use it as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, then skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not double the doses unless otherwise directed.

What if you overdose on Hydrocortisone?

Any medication taken in excess can have serious consequences. If you suspect an overdose of Hydrocortisone, seek medical attention immediately.

What other drugs could interact with Hydrocortisone?

It may be noted that drugs other than those listed above may also interact with Hydrocortisone.

Usually drug interactions occur when it is taken with another drug or with food. Before you take a medication for a particular ailment, you should inform the health expert about intake of any other medications including non-prescription medications, over-the-counter medicines that may increase the effect of Hydrocortisone, and dietary supplements like vitamins, minerals and herbal, so that the doctor can warn you of any possible drug interactions.

Hydrocortisone can interact with blood thinners, seizure medications, and diabetes medications.

Do let your doctor know if you smoke, consume alcohol or caffeinated drinks, or use illegal drugs as these may interfere with the action of your medication. Make sure to inform your doctor of any medical conditions you may have, or any family history of medical problems. Do not start or stop using any medicine without consulting your doctor.

What are the side effects of Hydrocortisone?

Like other medicines, Hydrocortisone can cause some side effects. If they do occur, the side effects of Hydrocortisone are most likely to be minor and temporary. However, some may be serious and may require the individual to inform the doctor or visit the nearest hospital immediately.

It is pertinent to note that side effects of Hydrocortisone cannot be anticipated. If any side effects of Hydrocortisone develop or change in intensity, the doctor should be informed as soon as possible.

Hydrocortisone tablet can cause side effects such as insomnia, headache, dizziness, and dry skin.

Hydrocortisone cream can cause side effects such as itching, irritation, stinging, burning, thinning, dryness, or redness of the skin at the application site.

This is not a complete list of all side effects. Do concur with your doctor and follow his directions completely when you are using Hydrocortisone.

What are the questions to ask your doctor before taking Hydrocortisone?

Is it possible for me to use Hydrocortisone with other drugs?
Should certain beverages, foods and other products be avoided when I use Hydrocortisone?
What are the possible drug interactions of Hydrocortisone?
How will Hydrocortisone work in my body?
How should Hydrocortisone be used?
How to reduce the risk of Hydrocortisone drug interactions and side effects?


The health and medical information provided here is intended to supplement and not substitute for the expertise and judgment of your physician, pharmacists or other health care professional. It should not be understood to indicate that the use of Hydrocortisone is safe, appropriate or effective for you. Always consult your health care professional before using this, or any other, drug.


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