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Hydrocortisone is similar to a natural hormone produced in the body which affects many functions in the body. It is used to relieve swelling and pain associated with conditions like arthritis, severe allergies, eczema, psoriasis, etc. It is also used to treat the deficiency of steroidal hormones in the body. It is available as a tablet, an injection, and a cream.

What is hydrocortisone?

Hydrocortisone is a prescription medication. It comes in many forms, including an oral tablet.

Hydrocortisone oral tablet is available as the brand-name drug Cortef and in a generic form. Generic drugs usually cost less than the brand-name version. In some cases, they may not be available in every strength or form as the brand-name drug.

Hydrocortisone for Acne

Applying topical hydrocortisone to acne lesions may reduce redness and inflammation. The medicine may also speed up recovery.

You can apply a small amount of cream directly to inflamed pimples or cysts. In some cases, doctors can inject hydrocortisone directly into pimples.

Hydrocortisone for Dogs

Hydrocortisone is not FDA-approved for use in pets, but under a veterinarian's care, the drug may be used to relieve skin problems in dogs.

The medicine can be given orally or topically to relieve itchy skin. You should talk to your veterinarian about how to give your dog hydrocortisone. Drug Interactions

Although certain medicines should not be used together at all, in other cases two different medicines may be used together even if an interaction might occur. In these cases, your doctor may want to change the dose, or other precautions may be necessary. Tell your healthcare professional if you are taking any other prescription or nonprescription (over-the-counter [OTC]) medicine.

Other Interactions

Certain medicines should not be used at or around the time of eating food or eating certain types of food since interactions may occur. Using alcohol or tobacco with certain medicines may also cause interactions to occur. Discuss with your healthcare professional the use of your medicine with food, alcohol, or tobacco.

Side Effects

Stinging, burning, irritation, dryness, or redness at the application site may occur. Acne, unusual hair growth, "hair bumps" (folliculitis), skin thinning/discoloration, or stretch marks may also occur. If any of these effects persist or worsen, tell your doctor or pharmacist promptly.

If your doctor has directed you to use this medication, remember that he or she has judged that the benefit to you is greater than the risk of side effects. Many people using this medication do not have serious side effects.

Warnings for special population

Pregnancy - This medicine is not recommended for use in pregnant women unless absolutely necessary. The quantity of medicine and the duration of use should be kept as low as possible. Special precaution is advised during the first trimester of pregnancy. Risks and benefits should be discussed with your doctor before using this medicine.

Breast-feeding - This medicine is not recommended for use in breastfeeding women as the effect on the nursing infant is unknown. Consult your doctor and discuss the benefits and risks before using this medicine.