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Dr. Scott Keith
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Hydrocortisone Valerate (Overview)

Hydrocortisone valerate is a medium strength steroid which is a kind of topical steroid (skin-related medication).


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What does hydrocortisone valerate help with ?

What does hydrocortisone valerate help with ?

Hydrocortisone val: It is used for inflammatory conditions in the skin. There are many types of Hydrocortisone and all of them have varying strengths. Your doctor will choose the one deemed best to help your problem. ...Read more

Dr. Scott Keith
13 doctors shared insights

Hydrocortisone Valerate (Overview)

Hydrocortisone valerate is a medium strength steroid which is a kind of topical steroid (skin-related medication).


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My dermatologist prescribed me hydrocortisone valerate for my lips. Is this weird?

My dermatologist prescribed me hydrocortisone valerate for my lips. Is this weird?

Weird prescription: It doesn't sound strange. It is good practice to get all of your questions answered fully before you leave your doctor's office. If he or she doesn't want to answer them, find someone else quick. If you have questions when you get home, call them and give them 24h to get you an answer. Your own personal doctor is your best source of information. ...Read more

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I am 22 weeks pregnant & my 11 month old was prescribed hydrocortisone valerate 0.2% for eczema, will getting this on me harm my unborn child?

I am 22 weeks pregnant & my 11 month old was prescribed hydrocortisone valerate 0.2% for eczema, will getting this on me harm my unborn child?

No: Hydrocortisone is one of the weakest topical steroids (otherwise it wouldn't be used in infants), you wouldn't be exposed to much via transfer from you child, and very little of what gets on your skin gets into your bloodstream. Women who have asthma attacks while pregnant are treated with oral steroids, in doses millions of times higher than what you might absorb, and their babies come out fine. ...Read more

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Has anyone ever used hydrocortisone valerate; is it the same as regular hydrocortisone?

Has anyone ever used hydrocortisone valerate; is it the same as regular hydrocortisone?

Not the same: 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. ...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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What does hydrocortisone valerate help with ?

Hydrocortisone val: It is used for inflammatory conditions in the skin. There are many types of Hydrocortisone and all of them have varying strengths. Your doctor will choose the one deemed best to help your problem. ...Read more

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Has anyone ever used hydrocortisone valerate; is it the same as regular hydrocortisone?

Not the same: 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. ...Read more

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

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

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. ...Read more

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Does hydrocortisone valerate cream rexpire?

Does hydrocortisone valerate cream rexpire?

Yes: Check tube. Dpending on age of tube it is good for 1-2 years after prescription is filled. ...Read more

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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