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Hydrocortisone

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Hydrocortisone

HYDROCORTISONE
(hydrocortisone) Cream 2.5%

HYDROCORTISONE
(hydrocortisone) Ointment 2.5%

FOR DERMATOLOGICAL USE ONLY
NOT FOR OPHTHALMIC USE

Hydrocortisone

DRUG DESCRIPTION

The topical corticosteroids constitute a class of primarily synthetic steroids used as anti-inflammatory and anti-pruritic agents. Hydrocortisone Cream 2.5% and Hydrocortisone Ointment 2.5% contain hydrocortisone. Hydrocortisone is a white to practically white crystalline powder. Chemically, hydrocortisone (hydrocortisone (hydrocortisone (hydrocortisone cream and ointment 2.5%) cream and ointment 2.5%) cream and ointment 2.5%) is pregn-4-ene-3,20-dione, 11,17,21-trihydroxy-, (Up)-. The structural formula of hydrocortisone (hydrocortisone (hydrocortisone (hydrocortisone cream and ointment 2.5%) cream and ointment 2.5%) cream and ointment 2.5%) is:

Hydrocortisone structural formula illustration

Each gram of the 2.5% Cream contains 25 mg of hydrocortisone (hydrocortisone (hydrocortisone (hydrocortisone cream and ointment 2.5%) cream and ointment 2.5%) cream and ointment 2.5%) in a base of glyceryl monostearate, polyoxyl 40 stearate, glycerin, paraffin, stearyl alcohol, isopropyl palmitate, sorbitan monostearate, benzyl alcohol, potassium sorbate, lactic acid and purified water. Each gram of the 2.5% Ointment contains 25 mg of hydrocortisone (hydrocortisone cream and ointment 2.5%) in a base of white petrolatum and mineral oil.

What are the possible side effects of hydrocortisone topical?

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...

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Last reviewed on RxList: 3/18/2009
This monograph has been modified to include the generic and brand name in many instances.

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