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Westcort Cream

Last reviewed on RxList: 2/23/2017
Westcort Side Effects Center

Medical Editor: John P. Cunha, DO, FACOEP

Last reviewed on RxList 01/19/2017

Westcort (hydrocortisone valerate) Cream, 0.2% is a corticosteroid used to treat inflammation of the skin caused by a number of conditions such as allergic reactions, eczema, or psoriasis. The brand name Westcort is discontinued, but generic versions may be available. Common side effects of Westcort (hydrocortisone valerate) Cream include:

  • stinging,
  • burning,
  • itching,
  • irritation,
  • dryness, or
  • redness at the application site when this medication is first applied to the skin.

These side effects should disappear in a few days as your body adjusts to Westcort Cream. Other side effects of Westcort (hydrocortisone valerate) Cream include thinning of your skin, blistering skin, or stretch marks. Tell your doctor if you have serious side effects of Westcort (hydrocortisone valerate) Cream including:

  • blurred vision,
  • seeing halos around lights,
  • uneven heartbeats,
  • sleep problems (insomnia),
  • weight gain,
  • puffiness in your face, or
  • feeling tired.

Westcort Cream should be applied to the affected area as a thin film two or three times daily depending on the severity of the condition. Westcort may interact with other drugs. Tell your doctor all medications and supplements you use. During pregnancy, Westcort should be used only if prescribed. It is unknown if this drug passes into breast milk when applied to the skin. Similar medications pass into breast milk when taken by mouth. Consult your doctor before breastfeeding.

Our Westcort (hydrocortisone valerate) Cream, 0.2% Side Effects Drug Center provides a comprehensive view of available drug information on the potential side effects when taking this medication.

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.

Westcort Consumer Information

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 entire detailed patient monograph for Westcort (Hydrocortisone Valerate Cream)

Westcort Professional Information

SIDE EFFECTS

The following local adverse reactions have been reported with topical corticosteroids, and they may occur more frequently with the use of occlusive dressings. These reactions are listed in an approximate decreasing order of occurrence: burning, itching, irritation, dryness, folliculitis, hypertrichosis, acneiform eruptions, hypopigmentation, perioral dermatitis, allergic contact dermatitis, maceration of the skin, secondary infection, skin atrophy, striae, and miliaria.

In controlled clinical studies involving pediatric patients one month to 2 years of age (n=29), the incidence of adverse experiences, regardless of relationship to the use of WESTCORT Cream (hydrocortisone valerate cream) , was approximately 21%. Reported reactions included stinging (10%), eczema (7%), fungal infection (3%), and gastrointestinal disorder (3%).

In controlled clinical studies involving pediatric patients 2 to 12 years of age (n=153), the sincidence of adverse experiences, regardless of relationship to the use of WESTCORT Cream (hydrocortisone valerate cream) , was approximately 10%. Reported reactions included stinging (3%), burning skin (2%), infection (Body as a Whole) (2%). Skin irritation, eczema, pruritus, application site reaction, rash, rash maculopapular, and dry skin were all reported at incidences of approximately 1%.

Read the entire FDA prescribing information for Westcort (Hydrocortisone Valerate Cream)

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© Westcort Patient Information is supplied by Cerner Multum, Inc. and Westcort Consumer information is supplied by First Databank, Inc., used under license and subject to their respective copyrights.

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