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Omnipred vs. Hydrocortisone

Reviewed on 8/6/2019

Are Omnipred and Hydrocortisone the Same Thing?

Omnipred (prednisolone acetate) Ophthalmic Suspension and hydrocortisone are corticosteroids used to treat inflammation from different causes.

Omnipred is used to treat eye irritation and inflammation caused by allergies, eye infections, or any general irritation to the eye.

Hydrocortisone Cream 2.5% is a topical (for the skin) drug used to treat inflammation of the skin caused by a number of conditions such as allergic reactions, eczema, or psoriasis.

Side effects of Omnipred that are different from hydrocortisone include temporary cloudy vision, increased sensitivity of the eyes to light, stinging/burning/itching/irritation in your eyes, increased pressure in the eyes, glaucoma, optic nerve damage, cataracts, and delayed wound healing.

Side effects of hydrocortisone that are different from Omnipred include skin redness/burning/itching/peeling, thinning of your skin, blistering skin, stretch marks, nausea, heartburn, headache, dizziness, menstrual period changes, trouble sleeping (insomnia), increased sweating, or acne.

Omnipred may interact with other drugs.

Hydrocortisone may interact with skin products that can cause irritation, such as harsh soaps, shampoos, hair coloring or permanent chemicals, hair removers or waxes, or skin products with alcohol, spices, astringents, or lime.

What Are Possible Side Effects of Omnipred?

Common side effects of Omnipred include:

  • temporary cloudy vision,
  • increased sensitivity of the eyes to light,
  • stinging/burning/itching/irritation in your eyes,
  • increased pressure in the eyes,
  • glaucoma,
  • optic nerve damage,
  • cataracts, and
  • delayed wound healing

What Are Possible Side Effects of Hydrocortisone?

Common side effects of Hydrocortisone include:

  • skin redness/burning/itching/peeling,
  • thinning of your skin,
  • blistering skin,
  • stretch marks,
  • nausea,
  • heartburn,
  • headache,
  • dizziness,
  • menstrual period changes,
  • trouble sleeping (insomnia),
  • increased sweating, or
  • acne.

Tell your doctor if you have any serious side effects of Hydrocortisone Cream including blurred vision, or seeing halos around lights, uneven heartbeats, weight gain, puffiness in your face, or feeling tired.

What Is Omnipred?

Omnipred (prednisolone acetate) Ophthalmic Suspension is an adrenocortical steroid is used to treat inflammation caused by allergies, eye infections, or any general irritation to the eye.

What Is Hydrocortisone?

Hydrocortisone (hydrocortisone) Cream 2.5% is a topical (for the skin) steroid used to treat inflammation of the skin caused by a number of conditions such as allergic reactions, eczema, or psoriasis.

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What Drugs Interact With Omnipred?

Other drugs may interact with Omnipred. Tell your doctor all medications you take. Do not stop using Omnipred suddenly. Avoid touching the bottle tip to eyelids or to any other surface. Use of the bottle by more than one person may spread the infection. If you are pregnant only use Omnipred if the potential benefit outweighs the potential risk to the fetus. Do not use Omnipred if you are breastfeeding.

What Drugs Interact With Hydrocortisone?

It is not likely other drugs you take orally or inject will have an effect on topically applied hydrocortisone. But many drugs can interact with each other. Tell your doctor all prescription and over-the-counter medications and supplements you use. During pregnancy, hydrocortisone should be used only when prescribed. Infants born to mothers who have been using this medication for an extended period of time may have hormone problems.

How Should Omnipred Be Taken?

The recommended dosage of Omnipred is two drops in the eyes four times per day.

How Should Hydrocortisone Be Taken?

Dose and administration: Apply hydrocortisone cream to the affected area as a thin film 2 to 4 times daily depending on the severity of the condition.

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References


Novartis. Omnipred Product Information.

https://www.pharma.us.novartis.com/sites/www.pharma.us.novartis.com/files/omnipred.pdf

DailyMed. Hydrocortisone Product Information.

https://dailymed.nlm.nih.gov/dailymed/drugInfo.cfm?setid=5f6acc2b-7a6e-7f98-e053-2991aa0a46e7

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