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( Hydrocortisone )

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Hydrocortisone

Drug Info for hydrocortisone

Hydrocortisone is used alone or with other medications to treat the symptoms of low corticosteroid levels (lack of certain substances that are usually produced by the body and are needed for normal body functioning). Hydrocortisone is also used to treat other conditions in patients with normal corticosteroid levels. These conditions include certain types of arthritis; severe allergic reactions; lupus (a disease in which the body attacks many of its own organs); and certain conditions that affect the lungs, skin, eyes, kidneys, blood, thyroid, stomach, and intestines. It is also sometimes used to treat the symptoms of certain types of cancer. Hydrocortisone is in a class of medications called corticosteroids. It works to treat patients with low levels of corticosteroids by replacing steroids that are normally produced naturally by the body. It works to treat other conditions by reducing swelling and redness and by changing the way the immune system works.

Hydrocortisone is a medication used to treat inflammation associated with a variety of diseases including allergies, eczema, arthritis, and asthma. Hydrocortisone belongs to a class of medications called corticosteroids (or “steroids”). Hydrocortisone is a generic medication sold under many brand names such as Solu-cortef, Anucort-hc, Westcort, Pandel, A-hydrocort, Locoid, U-cort, Colocort, Cortifoam, MiCort-HC, Caldecort, Maximum-H, Alacort, Dermacort, Rugby, Texacort, Procto-Kit, Monistat, Cortenema, Poli-A, Hytone, Easy, Soothe, Neosporin, Proctocort, Selsun, and Cortef.

  • Alkindi Sprinkle
  • Cortef

Store the medicine in a closed container at room temperature, away from heat, moisture, and direct light. Use the oral granules within 60 days after opening the bottle.

Take your medicine as directed. Your dose may need to be changed several times to find what works best for you.

The oral granules are contained within capsules. Do not swallow the capsule. Do not chew or crush the granules. Do not let the capsules get wet because some of the granules may stick to the capsule. Do not give the granules through a nasogastric or gastric tube because it may block the tube.

If you are switching from other oral hydrocortisone medicine to Alkindi® Sprinkle, your doctor may give you a starting dose of this medicine that is different from the previous oral hydrocortisone medicine that you have been taking.

Missed dose: Take a dose as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next dose, wait until then and take a regular dose. Do not take extra medicine to make up for a missed dose.

This medicine should come with a Medication Guide. Ask your pharmacist for a copy if you do not have one.

Part of the oral granules may pass into your child's stool (bowel movement). This is normal and nothing to worry about.

Granules: Your doctor will tell you how to prepare or give the dose to your child. Ask your doctor or pharmacist if you have questions.Take one capsule from the bottle.Hold the capsule with the writing at the top. Tap the capsule to make sure the granules fall to the bottom.Squeeze the bottom of the capsule gently to loosen the top of the capsule from the bottom.Twist the top of the capsule carefully.You may give the medicine with or without food onto a spoon or directly into the child's mouth. If you are taking this medicine with food, pour the granules onto a spoonful of cold or room temperature soft food (including yogurt, fruit puree).Do not add the granules to a fluid because it may decrease the full dose and it may leave a bitter taste.The medicine should be given and swallowed within 5 minutes to avoid a bitter taste.Give a sip of fluids like water, milk, breast-milk, or formula right away to make sure all granules are swallowed.Call your doctor right away if the granules come back up into your child's mouth (regurgitation) or your child has vomiting after swallowing the granules. Your child may not receive the full dose of this medicine and another dose may be needed.

This medicine is not right for everyone. Do not use it if you had an allergic reaction to hydrocortisone or if you have a fungus infection.

Keep all medicine out of the reach of children. Never share your medicine with anyone.

Your doctor will do lab tests at regular visits to check on the effects of this medicine. Keep all appointments.

Tell any doctor or dentist who treats you that you are using this medicine. This medicine may affect certain medical test results.

Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, or if you have kidney disease, liver disease (including cirrhosis), cancer, diabetes, high blood pressure, depression or mental health problems, digestive problems (including ulcer, colitis, diverticulitis), myasthenia gravis, osteoporosis, pheochromocytoma (adrenal tumor), thyroid problems, tuberculosis, or any type of infection. Tell your doctor if you had a surgery.

This medicine may cause the following problems: Eye or vision problems, including cataracts, glaucoma, central serous chorioretinopathyHigh blood pressureThinning of the bones (osteoporosis) or slow growth in childrenIncreased risk of adrenal gland problems, including Cushing syndromeChanges in mood or behaviorTumor lysis syndrome

Not giving enough, or stopping this medicine, or switching from other hydrocortisone medicine may cause serious adrenal gland problems (including adrenal crisis).

This medicine may cause you to get infections more easily. Tell your doctor if you have any type of infection before you start treatment. Avoid people who are sick or have infections. If you are exposed to chickenpox or measles, tell your doctor right away.

This medicine may raise your blood sugar level, especially in people with diabetes.

Do not stop using this medicine suddenly. Your doctor will need to slowly decrease your dose before you stop it completely.

Some medicines can affect how hydrocortisone works. Tell your doctor if you are using any of the following:Cyclosporine, troleandomycinBirth control pillsBlood thinner (including warfarin)Insulin or other diabetes medicineMedicine to treat infections (including clarithromycin, erythromycin, itraconazole, ketoconazole, posaconazole, rifabutin, rifampin, voriconazole)Medicine to treat HIV infection (including efavirenz, nevirapine, ritonavir)NSAIDs (including aspirin, ibuprofen)Seizure medicine (including carbamazepine, oxcarbazepine, phenobarbital, phenytoin, primidone)

Do not eat grapefruit or drink grapefruit juice while you are using this medicine.

This medicine may interfere with vaccines. Ask your doctor before you get a flu shot or any other vaccines.

This medicine may delay growth in children. If you think your child is not growing properly while using this medicine, talk with your doctor.

Do not stop using this medicine suddenly. Your doctor will need to slowly decrease your dose before you stop it completely.

Tell any doctor or dentist who treats you that you are using this medicine. This medicine may affect certain medical test results.

Keep all medicine out of the reach of children. Never share your medicine with anyone.

  • Fever, chills, cough, runny or stuffy nose, sore throat, body aches
  • Weight gain around your neck, upper back, breast, face, or waist
  • Rapid weight gain, swelling in your hands, ankles, or feet
  • Increased hunger or thirst, increase in how much or how often you urinate
  • Eye pain, vision changes
  • Allergic reaction: Itching or hives, swelling in your face or hands, swelling or tingling in your mouth or throat, chest tightness, trouble breathing
  • Darkening of the skin, diarrhea, dizziness, joint pain, loss of appetite, unusual tiredness or weakness
  • Depression, mood swings, trouble sleeping, unusual thoughts, feelings, or behavior
  • Dry mouth, increased thirst, muscle cramps, nausea or vomiting, uneven heartbeat
  • Lower back, side, or stomach pain, swelling of the feet or lower legs
  • Headache
  • Nausea, bloating
  • Changes in menstrual periods
  • Muscle pain or weakness
Frequently Asked Questions

Hydrocortisone is a generic drug that comes as a cream, and it is used to treat inflammation of the skin caused by certain conditions such as; Atopic Dermatitis, allergic reactions, and psoriasis. Hydrocortisone is a corticosteroid that works by reducing specific chemicals in the body that causes redness, itching, and swelling of the skin.

In addition to Hydrocortisone, similar brand name drugs used to treat these symptoms includes Caldecort, Cortizone-5, and Dermarest Plus Anti-Itch. Consult with your doctor to determine the best treatment for your condition.

The average Hydrocortisone price without insurance ranges from between about $9 and $385, depending on strength, supply needed, and pharmacy location.

Hydrocortisone is a generic drug. Similar brand-name drugs include Caldecort, Cortizone-5, and Dermarest Plus Anti-Itch. You can use our free Hydrocortisone discount card to reduce the cost of this drug by up to 80% when you purchase this medication at a participating local pharmacy.

Hydrocortisone topical cream is available in the following strengths: butyrate 0.1%, valerate 0.2%, 0.5%, 1%, and 2.5%. This drug is also available as an ointment, lotion, solution, and rectal suppository. Follow your doctor's instructions for dosage and use of this medication.

There is not a Hydrocortisone manufacturer coupon or patient assistance program currently available, but you can save on your prescription cost by using our free Hydrocortisone coupon card. Our customers typically find that they save more by using our coupons instead of manufacturer coupons.