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Westcort Ointment

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

Medical Editor: John P. Cunha, DO, FACOEP

Last reviewed on RxList 3/25/2016

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

  • application site reactions (skin redness, burning, itching, peeling, stinging, irritation, or dryness)
  • thinning of your skin
  • blistering skin, or
  • stretch marks.

Westcort Ointment 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. It is not known if Westcort topical is harmful to a fetus. Before using this medication, tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant during treatment. It is unknown if this drug passes into breast milk or if it could harm a nursing baby. Consult your doctor before breastfeeding.

Our Westcort (hydrocortisone valerate) Ointment, 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 Ointment 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 Ointment (Hydrocortisone Valerate Ointment)

Westcort Ointment Professional Information


In controlled clinical trials, the total incidence of adverse reactions associated with the use of WESTCORT Ointment was approximately 12%. These included worsening of condition (2%), transient itching (2%), irritation (1%) and redness (1%).

In controlled clinical studies involving pediatric atopic dermatitis patients 2 through 12 years of age (n=64), the incidence of adverse experiences was approximately 28.1%, which is higher than that seen in adult patients. Reported reactions included eczema (12.5%), pruritis (6%), stinging (2%), and dry skin (2%). Patients were not specifically evaluated for signs of atrophy (thinning, telangiectasia, erythema). No studies were performed to assess adrenal suppression and/or growth suppression.

The following additional 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, dryness, folliculitis, acneiform eruptions, hypopigmentation, perioral dermatitis, allergic contact dermatitis, secondary infection, skin atrophy, striae, and miliaria.

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

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

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