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Ala-Cort (Generic Hydrocortisone Topical)

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Why is this medication prescribed?

Topical hydrocortisone is used to treat a variety of skin diseases that cause redness, swelling, itching, and pain. A group of drugs known as corticosteroids includes hydrocortisone. It reduces swelling, redness, and itching by causing natural chemicals in the skin to become active.

How should this medicine be used?

For usage on the skin, hydrocortisone is available as an ointment, cream, solution (liquid), spray, or lotion. For skin issues, hydrocortisone topical is often applied one to four times per day. Apply it every day at roughly the same time(s). Ask your doctor or pharmacist to explain any instructions on your prescription or product label that you do not understand, and carefully follow them. Follow the hydrocortisone directions exactly. Do not use more, less, or more frequently than advised by your doctor. Unless your doctor instructs you to, avoid using it on other parts of your body or to treat other skin disorders.

If your symptoms do not subside after the first two weeks of treatment, consult your doctor if hydrocortisone has been given for your disease. If you bought hydrocortisone over the counter (without a prescription) and your condition didn’t get better in 7 days, stop using it and call your doctor.

Use a tiny amount of ointment, cream, solution, spray, or lotion to cover the affected region of skin with a thin, even film and gently press it in to use hydrocortisone topical.

Only the skin should be used to apply this medication. Avoid getting hydrocortisone topical in your mouth or eyes, and never ingest it.

Only bandage or wrap the treated area if your doctor instructs you to. Your physician might advise using an occlusive dressing if you have psoriasis.

Avoid covering the diaper area of a child with plastic or tight-fitting diapers when using hydrocortisone topical.

Other uses for this medicine

Ask your doctor or pharmacist for more details if you believe this drug should be used for something else.

What special precautions should I follow?

Before using hydrocortisone topical,

  • If you have an allergy to hydrocortisone, any other drugs, or any of the chemicals in topical hydrocortisone treatments, let your doctor and pharmacist know right away. Request a list of the components from your pharmacist.
  • If you have diabetes or have ever had Cushing’s syndrome, let your doctor know (an abnormal condition that is caused by excess hormones [corticosteroids]).
  • If you are breastfeeding a child or intend to become pregnant, let your doctor know. Call your doctor if you become pregnant while using hydrocortisone topical.

What special dietary instructions should I follow?

Keep eating normally unless your doctor instructs you otherwise.

What should I do if I forget a dose?

As soon as you realise you missed a dose, administer it. If the next dose is soon due, skip the missed one and carry on with your regular dosing plan. To make up for a missing dose, avoid applying a second dose.

What side effects can this medication cause?

The topical form of hydrocortisone may have adverse effects. If any of these symptoms are severe or do not go away, let your doctor know right once:

  • Skin that is burning, itchy, irritated, red, or dry
  • Acne
  • Development of unwanted hair
  • Skin tone varies
  • A rash or little red pimples around the mouth
  • Small skin lumps that are either white or red

Some adverse effects can be very harmful. Call your doctor right away if any of these symptoms occur to you:

  • Extreme rash
  • Redness, swelling, or other symptoms of a skin infection around the site of your hydrocortisone application

Children who use topical hydrocortisone may be more susceptible to adverse effects, such as reduced growth and delayed weight gain. The dangers of applying this medication to your child’s skin should be discussed with your child’s doctor.

Other adverse effects from topical hydrocortisone are possible. If you experience any strange issues while taking this drug, call your doctor right away.

You or your doctor can submit a report to the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) MedWatch Adverse Event Reporting programme online or by phone if you have a serious side event (1-800-332-1088).

What should I know about storage and disposal of this medication?

Keep this medication tightly closed in the original container and out of the reach of children. Store it away from excessive heat and moisture at room temperature (not in the bathroom). Avoid freezing it.

Unused prescriptions must be disposed of carefully to prevent pets, kids, and other people from ingesting them. You should not, however, dispose of this medication in the toilet. Instead, utilising a medicine take-back programme is the easiest approach to get rid of your medication. To find out about take-back programmes in your area, speak with your pharmacist or the garbage/recycling department in your city. If you do not have access to a take-back programme, see the FDA’s Safe Disposal of Medicines website at for additional information.

As many containers (such as weekly pill minders and those for eye drops, creams, patches, and inhalers) are not child-resistant and are simple for young children to open, it is crucial to keep all medications out of sight and out of reach of children. Always lock safety caps and promptly stash medication up and away from young children where it is out of their sight and reach to prevent poisoning.

In case of emergency/overdose

Dial 1-800-222-1222 to reach your local poison control centre if someone has ingested hydrocortisone. Dial 911 to reach the nearest emergency services if the sufferer has collapsed or has stopped breathing.

What other information should I know?

Keep all of your doctor’s appointments.

If you have any inquiries about hydrocortisone topical, ask your pharmacist.

You should keep a written record of every medication you take, including any over-the-counter (OTC) items, prescription drugs, and dietary supplements like vitamins and minerals. This list should be brought with you whenever you see a doctor or are admitted to the hospital. You should always have this information with you in case of emergencies.

Brand names

  • Ala-Cort®
  • Ala-Scalp®
  • Anusol HC®
  • Cortizone 10®
  • Cortizone 10® Quick Shot Anti-Itch Spray
  • Dermacort®
  • Dermasorb® HC
  • Hyderm®
  • Locoid®
  • Micort-HC®
  • Neosporin® Eczema Essentials
  • Nutracort®
  • Pandel®
  • Proctocort® Cream
  • Stie-Cort®
  • Synacort®
  • Texacort®
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