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please describe the medication: hydrocortisone?

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Dr. Danica Schulte
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Steroid: Hydrocortisone is used topically to treat inflammatory disorders of the skin. It can be used to treat adrenal insufficiency and other autoimmune or inflammatory disorders.
Dr. Arthur Mandelin
Rheumatology 20 years experience
An Anti-inflammatory: Hydrocortisone is a hormone produced by the adrenal glands. It is involved in many processes such as the metabolism of energy, fats, and proteins, and in electrolyte ("mineral") balance. It is an anti-inflammatory, which is usually why it is given. It can be taken as a skin cream, as pills, or even iv. It is important to know that this form of steroid is not the same as that abused by athletes.
Dr. David Schleimer
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Anti-inflammatory: Cortisone is a naturally produced hormone in the body, produced by the adrenal glands. It is often used as a potent medication for inflammatory disease. In serious cases, it is a "wonder" drug, and can be life saving. However, long and continuous use can cause many serious and uncomfortable side effects. Hydrocortisone is a topical skin variety and much less potent than cortisone.

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