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Cortaid

Last reviewed on RxList: 6/28/2017
Cortaid Side Effects Center

Last reviewed on RxList 6/28/2017

Cortaid (hydrocortisone topical) is a topical (for the skin) steroid used to treat inflammation of the skin caused by a number of conditions such as allergic reactions, eczema, or psoriasis. Cortaid is available in generic form. Common side effects of Cortaid include:

  • application site reactions (stinging, burning, irritation, dryness, itching, peeling, cracking, or redness),
  • acne,
  • unusual hair growth,
  • "hair bumps" (folliculitis),
  • skin thinning,
  • changes in skin color,
  • blistering skin, or
  • stretch marks.

Tell your doctor if you have serious side effects of Cortaid including:

  • blurred vision,
  • seeing halos around lights,
  • uneven heartbeats,
  • sleep problems (insomnia),
  • weight gain,
  • puffiness in your face, or
  • feeling tired.

Topical corticosteroids such as Cortaid are generally applied to the affected area as a thin film from two to four times daily depending on the severity of the condition. It is not likely that other drugs you take orally or inject will have an effect on topically applied Cortaid. But many drugs can interact with each other. Tell your doctor all prescription and over-the-counter medications and supplements you use. During pregnancy, Cortaid should be used only when prescribed. It is unknown if this drug passes into breast milk when applied to the skin. Similar medications pass into breast milk when taken by mouth. Consult your doctor before breastfeeding.

Our Cortaid (hydrocortisone topical) Side Effects Drug Center provides a comprehensive view of available drug information on the potential side effects when taking this medication.

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

Cortaid Consumer Information

Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

Stop using hydrocortisone topical and call your doctor at once if you have any of these serious side effects:

  • blurred vision, or seeing halos around lights;
  • uneven heartbeats;
  • sleep problems (insomnia);
  • weight gain, puffiness in your face; or
  • feeling tired.

Less serious side effects may include:

  • skin redness, burning, itching, or peeling;
  • thinning of your skin;
  • blistering skin; or
  • stretch marks.

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

Read the entire detailed patient monograph for Cortaid (Hydrocortisone Cream and Ointment 1.0%)

Cortaid Professional Information

SIDE EFFECTS

The following local adverse reactions are reported infrequently with topical corticosteroids, but may occur more frequently with the use of occlusive dressings. These reactions are listed in an approximate decreasing order of occurrence: burning, itching, irritation, dryness, folliculitis, hypertrichosis, acneiform eruptions, hypopigmentation, perioral dermatitis, allergic contact dermatitis, maceration of the skin, secondary infection, skin atrophy, striae, miliaria.

Read the entire FDA prescribing information for Cortaid (Hydrocortisone Cream and Ointment 1.0%)

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© Cortaid Patient Information is supplied by Cerner Multum, Inc. and Cortaid Consumer information is supplied by First Databank, Inc., used under license and subject to their respective copyrights.

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