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Westcort Ointment Patient Information Including Side Effects
Brand Names: Ala-Cort, Ala-Scalp HP, Aquanil HC, Beta HC, Caldecort, Cortaid, Cortaid Intensive Therapy, Cortaid Maximum Strength, Cortaid with Aloe, Cortalo with Aloe, Corticaine, Cortizone for Kids, Cortizone-10, Cortizone-10 Intensive Healing Formula, Cortizone-10 Plus, Cortizone-5, Dermarest Dricort, Dermarest Eczema Medicated, Dermarest Plus Anti-Itch, Dermtex HC, Genasone/Aloe, Gly-Cort, Gynecort Maximum Strength, Hycort, Hydrocortisone 1% In Absorbase, Hydrocortisone with Aloe, Hydrocortisone-Aloe, Hytone, Instacort, Itch-X Lotion, Locoid, Locoid Lipocream, Locoid Lotion, Massengill Medicated Soft Cloth, MD Hydrocortisone, Neutrogena T-Scalp, NuCort with Aloe, NuZon, Pandel, Recort Plus, Rederm, Sarnol-HC, Scalacort, Texacort, U-Cort, Westcort
Generic Name: hydrocortisone topical (Pronunciation: hye droe KOR ti sone)
- What is hydrocortisone topical (Westcort Ointment)?
- What are the possible side effects of hydrocortisone topical?
- What is the most important information I should know about hydrocortisone topical?
- What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before using hydrocortisone topical?
- How should I use hydrocortisone topical?
- What happens if I miss a dose?
- What happens if I overdose?
- What should I avoid while using hydrocortisone topical?
- What other drugs will affect hydrocortisone topical?
- Where can I get more information?
What is hydrocortisone topical (Westcort Ointment)?
Hydrocortisone is a topical steroid. It reduces the actions of chemicals in the body that cause inflammation, redness, and swelling.
Hydrocortisone topical is used to treat inflammation of the skin caused by a number of conditions such as allergic reactions, eczema, or psoriasis.
Hydrocortisone topical may also be used for other purposes not listed in this medication guide.
Hydrocortisone 2.5% Cr-PER
Hydrocortisone 2.5% Oin-PER
Hydrocortisone Valerate 0.2% Cr-PER
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 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 Westcort Ointment (hydrocortisone valerate ointment) Side Effects Center for a complete guide to possible side effects
What is the most important information I should know about hydrocortisone topical?
There are many brands and forms of hydrocortisone topical available and not all brands are listed on this leaflet.
Use this medication exactly as directed on the label, or as it has been prescribed by your doctor. Do not use the medication in larger amounts or for longer than recommended.
Do not cover treated skin areas with a bandage or other covering unless your doctor has told you to. If you are treating the diaper area of a baby, do not use plastic pants or tight-fitting diapers. Covering the skin that is treated with hydrocortisone topical can increase the amount of the drug your skin absorbs, which may lead to unwanted side effects. Follow your doctor's instructions.
Avoid using this medication on your face, near your eyes, or on body areas where you have skin folds or thin skin.
Do not use this medication on a child without a doctor's advice. Children are more sensitive to the effects of hydrocortisone topical.
Hydrocortisone topical will not treat a bacterial, fungal, or viral skin infection.
Contact your doctor if your condition does not improve or if it gets worse after using this medication for several days.
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