Chemical Name: HYDROCORTISONE (hye-droe-KOR-ti-sone)
Hydrocortisone is a corticosteroid used to treat severe allergies, arthritis, asthma, and skin conditions. Hydrocortisone may also be used to treat other conditions as determined by your doctor.
Some medicines or medical conditions may interact with Hydrocortisone. INFORM YOUR DOCTOR OR PHARMACIST of all prescription and over-the-counter medicine that you are taking. ADDITIONAL MONITORING OF YOUR DOSE OR CONDITION may be needed if you are taking barbiturates, birth control pills, rifampin, or medicine for seizures. Inform your doctor of any other medical conditions, allergies, pregnancy, or breast-feeding. Contact your doctor or pharmacist if you have any questions or concerns about taking Hydrocortisone.
Follow the directions for using Hydrocortisone provided by your doctor. TAKE Hydrocortisone with food or a snack. STORE Hydrocortisone at room temperature, away from heat and light. IF YOU MISS A DOSE OF Hydrocortisone and you are taking 1 dose daily, take it as soon as possible. If you do not remember until the next day, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not take 2 doses at once.
DO NOT TAKE Hydrocortisone if you have had an allergic reaction to it or are allergic to any ingredient in this product. DO NOT STOP TAKING Hydrocortisone without checking with your doctor. Stopping Hydrocortisone suddenly may cause serious side effects. KEEP ALL DOCTOR AND LABORATORY APPOINTMENTS while you are using Hydrocortisone. BEFORE YOU HAVE ANY MEDICAL OR DENTAL TREATMENTS, EMERGENCY CARE, OR SURGERY, tell the doctor or dentist that you are using Hydrocortisone. Hydrocortisone MAKES YOU MORE SUSCEPTIBLE TO ILLNESSES, especially if you take it for an extended period of time. Prevent infection by avoiding contact with people who have colds or other infections. If you are exposed to chickenpox, measles, or tuberculosis (TB) while taking Hydrocortisone or within 12 months after stopping Hydrocortisone, call your doctor. Report any injuries or signs of infection (fever, sore throat, pain during urination, or muscle aches) that occur during treatment and within 12 months after stopping Hydrocortisone. Your dose may need to be adjusted or you may need to start taking Hydrocortisone again. CHECK WITH YOUR DOCTOR BEFORE HAVING IMMUNIZATIONS (VACCINATIONS) while you are using Hydrocortisone. IF YOU HAVE OSTEOPOROSIS (weak bones) or if you are at risk for developing osteoporosis, be sure you have enough calcium and vitamin D in your diet while you are taking Hydrocortisone. If you have questions about your risk for osteoporosis or whether you may need to take a calcium or vitamin D supplement while you take Hydrocortisone, talk with your doctor. CORTICOSTEROID MEDICINES MAY AFFECT growth rate in children and adolescents when used for an extended period of time. Your child's growth should be checked regularly while using this medicine. BEFORE YOU BEGIN TAKING ANY NEW MEDICINE, either prescription or over-the-counter, check with your doctor or pharmacist. IF YOU PLAN ON BECOMING PREGNANT, discuss with your doctor the benefits and risks of using Hydrocortisone during pregnancy. IF YOU ARE OR WILL BE BREAST-FEEDING while you are using this medicine, check with your doctor or pharmacist to discuss the risks to your baby. IF YOU HAVE DIABETES, Hydrocortisone may affect your blood sugar. Check blood sugar levels closely and ask your doctor before adjusting the dose of your diabetes medicine.
Possible side effects
SIDE EFFECTS that may occur while you are taking Hydrocortisone include difficulty sleeping, nervousness, increased appetite, indigestion, or nausea. If they continue or are bothersome, check with your doctor. CHECK WITH YOUR DOCTOR AS SOON AS POSSIBLE if you experience bone problems (such as bone pain, or broken or fractured bones); chronic back pain; changes in menstrual periods; headache; muscle aches or weakness; fever, cold, or prolonged sore throat; vision changes or other eye problems; or unusual weight gain. CONTACT YOUR DOCTOR IMMEDIATELY if you experience swelling of feet, hands, or legs; black, tarry stools; mood, mental, or personality changes; seizures; severe muscle pain or weakness; skin growths; severe nausea or vomiting; or vomit that looks like coffee grounds. An allergic reaction to Hydrocortisone is unlikely, but seek immediate medical attention if it occurs. Symptoms of an allergic reaction include rash, itching, swelling, dizziness, or trouble breathing. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor, nurse, or pharmacist.
If you take too much
If overdose is suspected, contact your local poison control center or emergency room immediately.
DO NOT SHARE Hydrocortisone with others for whom it was not prescribed. DO NOT USE Hydrocortisone for other health conditions. KEEP Hydrocortisone out of the reach of children. IF USING Hydrocortisone FOR AN EXTENDED PERIOD OF TIME, obtain refills before your supply runs out.