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What are hydrocortisone cream side effects?

What are hydrocortisone cream side effects?

Side effects: A High potency steroid cream used for long periods of time can cause skin atrophy, hypopgimentaion of skin and hypothalamic-pituitary suppression ...Read more

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Dr. Tony Willson
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Hydrocortisone (Definition)

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 ...Read more


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What are the negatives effects of cortizone (hydrocortisone) shots? I'm worried about side effects.

What are the negatives effects of cortizone (hydrocortisone) shots?  I'm worried about side effects.

Steroid side effects: Corticosteroids, whether by injection, iv, or oral administrationhave similar side effect, except that the im injection can cause localized muscle atrophy. Steroids side effect are generally cumulative, the more you get the greater the risk; fluid retention, weight gain, phsychosis, brittleness of bones, osteoporosis, increase risk of diabetes, adrenal suppression, increase infection and tumor. ...Read more

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If I go get some hydrocortisone cream 1.0% will there be any side effects?

If I go get some hydrocortisone cream 1.0% will there be any side effects?

Yes, possibly: All medications have side effects. You don't necessarily get them all or even any. Hydrocortisone cream is a steroid - which has many potential side effects. But if you need it, you need it. Doctors always weight the benefits to the potential harm of any treatment. Steroid creams can cause thinning of skin, localized bleeding, increased risk of infection, & increased blood sugar among others. ...Read more

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What are the long term side effects of cortizone (hydrocortisone) shots to the hip?

What are the long term side effects of cortizone (hydrocortisone) shots to the hip?

Many: Elevated pressure in the eyes (glaucoma) fluid retention, causing swelling in your lower legs increased blood pressure mood swings weight gain, with fat deposits in your abdomen, face and the back of your neck when taking oral corticosteroids longer term, you may experience: clouding of the lens in one or both eyes (cataracts) high blood sugar. ...Read more

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Are there side effects from cortizone (hydrocortisone) shots other than steroid flare?

Are there side effects from cortizone (hydrocortisone) shots other than steroid flare?

Steroids effects: Steroids are very important in the treatment of multiple conditions. Cortisone and strides in general may alter the way blood sugar is metabolized (diabetes) . Long term use of steroids reduces calcium absorption causing brittle bones (osteoporosis). ...Read more

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My LOs pedi told me to put hydrocortisone 1% on her baby acne. I'm concerned it could have bad side effects. Is there anything better and less harmful?

My LOs pedi told me to put hydrocortisone 1% on her baby acne. I'm concerned it could have bad side effects. Is there anything better and less harmful?

Yes: Most of time it will pass on its own. Use tincture of time and it almost always works. 1% HC is usually quite harmless but try moisturizers first alone. ...Read more

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What are the long term negative effects for hydrocortisone or prednisone? I know one is longer acting but what negative side effects do each have?

What are the long term negative effects for hydrocortisone or prednisone? I know one is longer acting but what negative side effects do each have?

Similar, minor diffe: The long term side effects are numerous depending on the individuals, duration, and dose. Major ones: Osteoporosis, cataract, diabetes, hypertension, adrenal suppression (stop working altogether) . Some may have glaucoma. Weight gain at the belly and face, acne etc. Some immune suppression can be expect with high doses for months. Prednisone has less sodium-retention effects (less low potassium) ...Read more

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My 6 month old has been on hydrocortisone valerate ointment USP 0.2% for 3 months i'd like to get him off it. Can i just stop it without side effects?

My 6 month old has been on hydrocortisone valerate ointment USP 0.2% for 3 months i'd like to get him off it. Can i just stop it without side effects?

Yes and No: Sorry for the unclear answer, but have you found out the underlying cause of whatever you are sing the steroid cream for? If that has not been solved yet, stopping the cream is likely to lead to flare-up of whatever problem you were treating - i suspect some type of eczema. You may want to withdraw it over a week or two - use it every other and then every third day, to see if condition flares up. ...Read more

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I have addisons disease. They want me on prednisone of hydrocortisone. Which one has less negative side effects? Thanks

I have addisons disease. They want me on prednisone of hydrocortisone. Which one has less negative side effects? Thanks

Either should be OK: If the dose is adjusted properly, either hydrocortisone or prednisone can be used for Addison's disease, keeping in mind that prednisone is about 5 times as potent. Prednisone has the advantage of a longer half life so twice a day works well. For hydrocortisone, some people need to take it 3 times a day to avoid having symptoms of fatigue for part of the day. ...Read more

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Can using too much cortizone (hydrocortisone) 10 cream OTC cause similar side effects as using systematic steroids... Excessive hunger, urination & weight gain?

Can using too much cortizone (hydrocortisone) 10 cream OTC cause similar side effects as using systematic steroids... Excessive hunger, urination & weight gain?

Unlikely: It is very unlikely that one could absorb enough cortisone with over-the-counter cortisone creams to cause any significant systemic effects. However this can occur with much more potent prescription steroid creams. ...Read more

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