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Can anyone tell me the difference between otc hydrocortisone 1% and prescription hydrocortisone valerate?

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Dr. Ally-Khan Somani
Dermatology 19 years experience
Potency: Steroids are classified based on strength or potency. Class 1 to 7 (high to low). For the same prescription ointments are stronger than cream. Also the percentage of ingredient in the medication does not always correlate with the strength of the steroid. So the difference between Hydrocortisone 1%(class 7-least potent) and Hydrocortisone valerate (class 4/5-mid strength) is potency.

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A 32-year-old member asked:

Can anyone tell me the difference between OTC hydrocortisone and hydrocortisone valerate?

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Dr. Morris Westfried
Dermatology 46 years experience
Strength: Steroids are classified from 1-6 .Hydrocrtisone is weak. The value rate version is much stronger and should not be sued in sensitive areas such as face, armpits or groin. It will thin the skin and potentially cause stretch marks with extended use.
A 48-year-old member asked:

Please tell me the difference between OTC hydrocortisone and prescription hydrocortisone valerate?

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Dr. Al Hegab
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Allergy and Immunology 40 years experience
Potency: OTC hydrocortisone 1% is lowest potency. Hydrocortisone valerate however, a different molecule, is medium potency, hence a prescription is required

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