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what is hydrocortisone used for?

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Dr. M. Christine Lee
Dermatology 28 years experience
Rashes and itching: It's a topical otc steroid (weakest strength) that's used for inflammation of the skin, itchy rashes, sunburns, allergic reactions. Since it's very weak usually does not work very well. Most people with rashes will need to see a doctor for a stronger prescription strength topical steroid.
Dr. Richard Williams
Pharmacy 18 years experience
Inflammation: Hydrocortisone can be used topically for itching, rash, etc. It can also be used by injection to treat systemic inflammation like in cases of auto immune diseases. Derivatives of Hydrocortisone like Prednisone can be used orally to treat conditions from asthma & COPD to systemic inflammatory conditions.

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A 41-year-old member asked:

What is the duration of injected solu-cortef (hydrocortisone)?

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Dr. Richard Shewbridge
Endocrinology 33 years experience
About 8-12 hours: 8-12 hours is what is referred to as the 'half-life' of this medication. That means that 1/2 of the drug has been metabolized (removed) in this time period. Although half of the dose is still present after this time period, it is understandably much less effective for every hour beyond this. The maximal (usual) effect of this drug, then, is good for the first 8-12 hours.
A 42-year-old member asked:

What's the difference between OTC hydrocortisone and prescription hydrocortisone?

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Dr. Leto Quarles
Family Medicine 23 years experience
Strength: Otc Hydrocortisone cream is 0.5%. Prescription creams can be 0.5%, 1% and even 2%, and can also come in other forms (ointment, lotion, gel, liquid, spray, etc.). Depending on where you're using it and what condition you're treating, stronger isn't always better, though, so check with your doctor about which is best to use in your particular situation.
A 40-year-old member asked:

Befefits from soul cortef (hydrocortisone)?

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Dr. Vered Lewy-Weiss
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Solucortef (hydrocortisone)?: For an endocrinologist, this drug is given by IV or into the muscle during medical emergencies for patients who have adrenal insufficiency. We prescribe it to our patients so that they may administer it at home in the event of such an emergency.
Houma, LA
A 18-year-old male asked:

I used triamoncinolone 0.1% cream and cortizone (hydrocortisone) 10 OTC on & off for 5 months as directed by doc. Can I have adrenal gland problems now from stopping?

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Dr. Bradford Romans
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Unlikely: One would have to use a great deal of 0.1% triamcinolone daily for weeks to absorb enough to suppress the adrenal gland.
Munster, IN
A 50-year-old female asked:

I forgot to take my 10 mg tab of hydrocortisone tonight. Later in the eve was exhausted is that normal ? Was the 20 mg i took in the am used up?

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Dr. Ipe Kalathoor
Internal Medicine 17 years experience
Adrenal insufficienc: If you were taking steroidsfor a long period of time it could cause fatigue when you miss a dose.

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