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Hydrocortisone is a topical corticosteroid (steroid). Topical means applied to skin and should not be confused with anabolic steroids. Hydrocortisone is used to relieve itching, inflamed skin and redness caused by different skin conditions such as mild to moderate eczema, insect bites and stings as well as allergic contact dermatitis and irritant contact dermatitis. A doctor may also prescribe hydrocortisone for nappy rash or psoriasis.
Hydrocortisone works by suppressing the body’s immune response in the skin cells and stop them releasing the chemicals causing the inflammation.
Some medical conditions may interact with hydrocortisone cream. Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have any medical conditions, especially if any of the following apply to you:
if you are taking an oral corticosteroid (e.g. Please read the Patient Information Leaflet fully as there are many conditions where the use of Hydrocortisone cream is not recommended e.g. on children below the age of 10 or on the face.
Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with hydrocortisone cream. Because little, if any, of hydrocortisone cream is absorbed into the blood, the risk of it interacting with another medicine is low.
Ask your health care provider if hydrocortisone cream may interact with other medicines that you take. Check with your health care provider before you start, stop, or change the dose of any medicine.
Using hydrocortisone cream:
Use hydrocortisone cream as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.
Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use hydrocortisone cream.
The active substance is Hydrocortisone 1% w/w.
The other ingredients (excipients) are Cetomacrogol Emulsifying Wax, Chlorocresol, Liquid Paraffin, Macrogol 300, White Soft Paraffin, Purified Water
Do NOT use hydrocortisone cream if:
Warnings and precautions
Ask your doctor or pharmacist for advice before taking any medicine.
Side effects when using
Like all medicines, this medicine can cause side effects, although not everybody gets them.
All medicines may cause side effects, but many people have no, or minor, side effects. Check with your doctor if any of these most COMMON side effects persist or become bothersome:
Burning, dryness, itching, or mild skin irritation.
Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur:
Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue); acne-like rash; excessive hair growth; inflamed hair follicles; inflammation around the mouth; itching, burning, pain, redness, or swelling of the skin not present before using hydrocortisone cream; muscle weakness; symptoms of high blood sugar (eg, increased thirst, hunger, or urination; confusion; unusual drowsiness; flushing; rapid breathing); thinning, softening, or discoloration of the skin; unusual weight gain, especially in the face.
Reporting of side effects
If you get any side effects, talk to your doctor, pharmacist or nurse. This includes any possible side
effects not listed here You can also report side effects directly via the Yellow Card Scheme at:
By reporting side effects you can help provide more information on the safety of this product.
If you need more advice consult your doctor or pharmacist.
Keep all medicines out of the sight and reach of children.
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