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Hydrocortisone

Last reviewed on RxList: 2/17/2017
Drug Description

HYDROCORTISONE MAXIMUM STRENGTH
(hydrocortisone) Ointment

DESCRIPTION

Active Ingredient

Hydrocortisone 1%

Inactive Ingredients

aloe barbadensis leaf juice, white petrolatum

For Consumers

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...
Indications & Dosage

INDICATIONS

Purpose

Anti-itch

Uses

  • temporarily relieves itching associated with minor skin irritations, inflammation, and rashes due to:
  • eczema
  • psoriasis
  • poison ivy, oak, sumac
  • insect bites
  • detergents
  • jewelry
  • cosmetics
  • soaps
  • seborrheic dermatitis
  • temporarily relieves external anal and genital itching
  • other uses of this product should only be under the advice and supervision of a doctor

DOSAGE AND ADMINISTRATION

Directions

  • for itching of skin irritation, inflammation, and rashes:
  • adults and children 2 years of age and older: apply to affected area not more than 3 to 4 times daily
  • children under 2 years of age: do not use, ask a doctor
  • for external anal and genital itching, adults:
  • when practical, clean the affected area with mild soap and warm water and rinse thoroughly
  • gently dry by patting or blotting with toilet tissue or a soft cloth before applying
  • apply to affected area not more than 3 to 4 times daily
  • children under 12 years of age: ask a doctor

HOW SUPPLIED

Other Information

  • store at 20°-25°C (68°-77°F)

Active Ingredient

Hydrocortisone 1%

Inactive Ingredients

aloe barbadensis leaf juice, white petrolatum

Questions or comments ?

1-800-719-9260

American Sales Company. Revised: Jun 2016

Side Effects & Drug Interactions

SIDE EFFECTS

No information provided.

Please see WARNINGS Section.

DRUG INTERACTIONS

No information provided.

Warnings & Precautions

WARNINGS

For external use only

Do not use

When using this product

  • avoid contact with the eyes
  • do not use more than directed unless told to do so by a doctor
  • do not put directly into the rectum by using fingers or any mechanical device or applicator

Stop use and ask a doctor if

  • condition worsens
  • symptoms persist for more than 7 days or clear up and occur again within a few days, and do not begin use of any other hydrocortisone product unless you have asked a doctor
  • rectal bleeding occurs

Keep out of reach of children.

If swallowed, get medical help or contact a Poison Control Center right away (1-800-222-1222).

PRECAUTIONS

No information provided.

Please see WARNINGS Section.

Overdosage & Contraindications

OVERDOSE

No information provided.

CONTRAINDICATIONS

No information provided.

Medication Guide

PATIENT INFORMATION

For external use only

Do not use

When using this product

  • avoid contact with the eyes
  • do not use more than directed unless told to do so by a doctor
  • do not put directly into the rectum by using fingers or any mechanical device or applicator

Stop use and ask a doctor if

  • condition worsens
  • symptoms persist for more than 7 days or clear up and occur again within a few days, and do not begin use of any other hydrocortisone product unless you have asked a doctor
  • rectal bleeding occurs

Keep out of reach of children.

If swallowed, get medical help or contact a Poison Control Center right away (1-800-222-1222).

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