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Cortone Patient Information including If I Miss a Dose
In this Article
- What is cortisone (Cortone)?
- What are the possible side effects of cortisone (Cortone)?
- What is the most important information I should know about cortisone (Cortone)?
- What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before taking cortisone (Cortone)?
- How should I take cortisone (Cortone)?
- What happens if I miss a dose (Cortone)?
- What happens if I overdose (Cortone)?
- What should I avoid while taking cortisone (Cortone)?
- What other drugs will affect cortisone (Cortone)?
- Where can I get more information?
What happens if I miss a dose (Cortone)?
Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. Skip the missed dose if it is almost time for your next scheduled dose. Do not take extra medicine to make up the missed dose.
What happens if I overdose (Cortone)?
Seek emergency medical attention or call the Poison Help line at 1-800-222-1222.
An overdose of cortisone is not expected to produce life threatening symptoms. However, long term use of high steroid doses can lead to symptoms such as thinning skin, easy bruising, changes in the shape or location of body fat (especially in your face, neck, back, and waist), increased acne or facial hair, menstrual problems, impotence, or loss of interest in sex.
What should I avoid while taking cortisone (Cortone)?
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 a steroid.
Do not receive a "live" vaccine while using cortisone. The vaccine may not work as well during this time, and may not fully protect you from disease. Live vaccines include measles, mumps, rubella (MMR), Bacillus Calmette-Guérin (BCG), oral polio, rotavirus, smallpox, typhoid, yellow fever, varicella (chickenpox), H1N1 influenza, and nasal flu vaccine.
Avoid drinking alcohol while you are taking cortisone.
What other drugs will affect cortisone (Cortone)?
Many drugs can interact with cortisone. Below is just a partial list. Tell your doctor if you are using:
- aspirin (taken on a daily basis or at high doses);
- a diuretic (water pill);
- a blood thinner such as warfarin (Coumadin, Jantoven);
- 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 are many other drugs that can interact with cortisone. Tell your doctor about all medications you use. This includes prescription, over-the-counter, vitamin, and herbal products. Do not start a new medication without telling your doctor. Keep a list of all your medicines and show it to any healthcare provider who treats you.
Where can I get more information?
Your pharmacist can provide more information about cortisone.
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 Cortone Information
- Cortone Drug Interactions Center: cortisone oral
- Cortone Side Effects Center
- Cortone FDA Approved Prescribing Information including Dosage
Report Problems to the Food and Drug Administration
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