Carmol HC

Last reviewed on RxList: 11/30/2016
Carmol HC Side Effects Center

Medical Editor: John P. Cunha, DO, FACOEP

Last reviewed on RxList 5/6/2016

Carmol HC (hydrocortisone acetate) Cream USP, 1% is indicated for the relief of the inflammatory and pruritic (itching) manifestations of corticosteroid-responsive dermatoses. Carmol HC is available in the generic form named hydrocortisone acetate. Side effects of Carmol HC are infrequent and occur more with occlusive dressings. Side effects of Carmol HC include:

  • skin reactions where the medication is applied (burning, irritation, itching, redness, dryness)
  • skin thinning
  • blistering skin, or
  • stretch marks.

Severe side effects of Carmol HC include allergic reactions and asthma problems (due to sulfite in the cream base) and hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis suppression.

Each gram of the cream contains 10 mg Hydrocortisone Acetate, in a water-washable vanishing cream base in 1 and 3 oz tubes. Carmol HC is generally applied to the affected area as a thin film two to four times daily, depending on the severity of the condition. Occlusive dressings may be used for the management of psoriasis or recalcitrant conditions. If an infection develops, the use of occlusive dressings should be discontinued and appropriate antimicrobial therapy instituted. Carmol HC may interact with other drugs. Tell your doctor all medications and supplements you use. Carmol HC should be used during pregnancy only if the potential benefit justifies the potential risk to the fetus; caution should be exercised when topical corticosteroids are administered to a nursing woman. Administration of topical corticosteroids like Carmol HC to children should be limited to the least amount compatible with an effective therapeutic regimen as chronic corticosteroid therapy may interfere with the growth and development of children.

Our Carmol HC 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.


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Carmol HC Consumer Information

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Get emergency medical help if you have signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficult breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

Call your doctor at once if you have:

  • worsening of your skin condition;
  • redness, warmth, swelling, oozing, or severe irritation of any treated skin;
  • high blood sugar--increased thirst, increased urination, dry mouth, fruity breath odor; or
  • possible signs of absorbing this medicine through your skin--weight gain (especially in your face or your upper back and torso), slow wound healing, thinning or discolored skin, increased body hair, muscle weakness, nausea, diarrhea, tiredness, mood changes, menstrual changes, sexual changes.

Less serious side effects may be more likely, and you may have none at all.

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 Carmol HC (Hydrocortisone Acetate)


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The following local adverse reactions are reported infrequently with topical corticosteroids, but may occur more frequently with use of occlusive dressings. These reactions are listed in an approximate decreasing order of occurrence beginning with column 1:

Burning Hypertrichosis
Maceration of the skin Itching
Acneiform eruptions Secondary infection
Irritation Hypopigmentation
Skin atrophy Dryness
Perioral dermatitis Striae
Folliculitis Miliaria Allergic contact dermatitis

Read the entire FDA prescribing information for Carmol HC (Hydrocortisone Acetate)

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

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