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Cortef Patient Information including If I Miss a Dose
In this Article
- What is hydrocortisone (Cortef)?
- What are the possible side effects of hydrocortisone (Cortef)?
- What is the most important information I should know about hydrocortisone (Cortef)?
- What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before taking hydrocortisone (Cortef)?
- How should I take hydrocortisone (Cortef)?
- What happens if I miss a dose (Cortef)?
- What happens if I overdose (Cortef)?
- What should I avoid while taking hydrocortisone (Cortef)?
- What other drugs will affect hydrocortisone (Cortef)?
- Where can I get more information?
What happens if I miss a dose (Cortef)?
If you miss a dose or forget to take your medicine, contact your doctor or pharmacist for instructions.
What happens if I overdose (Cortef)?
Seek emergency medical attention if you think you have received too much of this medicine.
A single large dose of hydrocortisone is not expected to produce life-threatening symptoms. However, high doses taken over a long period of time may cause weight gain, roundness of the face, increased facial hair growth, bruising, swelling, and muscle pain or weakness.
What should I avoid while taking hydrocortisone (Cortef)?
Avoid being near people who are sick or have infections. Call your doctor for preventive treatment if you are exposed to chicken pox or measles. These conditions can be serious or even fatal in people who are using steroid medication.
Do not receive a "live" vaccine while you are being treated with hydrocortisone. Vaccines may not work as well while you are taking a steroid.
Avoid drinking alcohol while you are taking hydrocortisone.
What other drugs will affect hydrocortisone (Cortef)?
There are many other medicines that can interact with steroids. Below is only a partial list of these medicines:
- aspirin (taken on a daily basis or at high doses);
- a diuretic (water pill);
- a blood thinner such as warfarin (Coumadin);
- cyclosporine (Gengraf, Neoral, Sandimmune);
- insulin or diabetes medications you take by mouth;
- ketoconazole (Nizoral);
- rifampin (Rifadin, Rifater, Rifamate, Rimactane); or
- seizure medications such as phenytoin (Dilantin) or phenobarbital (Luminal, Solfoton).
This list is not complete and there may be other drugs that can interact with hydrocortisone. Tell your doctor about all the prescription and over-the-counter medications you use. This includes vitamins, minerals, herbal products, and drugs prescribed by other doctors. Do not start using a new medication without telling your doctor.
Where can I get more information?
Your pharmacist can provide more information about hydrocortisone.
Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children, never share your medicines with others, and use this medication only for the indication prescribed.
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Additional Cortef Information
- Cortef Drug Interactions Center: hydrocortisone oral
- Cortef Side Effects Center
- Cortef FDA Approved Prescribing Information including Dosage
Report Problems to the Food and Drug Administration
You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit the FDA MedWatch website or call 1-800-FDA-1088.
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