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Doctor insights on: Hydrocortisone Valerate Side Effects

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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

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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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

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What is hydrocortisone valerate cream used to treat?

What is hydrocortisone valerate cream used to treat?

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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Does hydrocortisone valerate cream really ever expire?

Does hydrocortisone valerate cream really ever expire?

Cream expiration: I tell my patients that creams expire when they don't work anymore. I think expiry dates are more for stock rotation than anything else. However, if you have an acute problem, you are better off with new medicines. ...Read more

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Is hydrocortisone valerate cream for acne?

Is hydrocortisone valerate cream for acne?

NO: This is a steroid cream and may actually worsen acne. It is used to treat inflammation, such as a skin allergy or eczema. ...Read more

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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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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

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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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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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What does hydrocortisone valerate help with; all sorts of rashes?

What does hydrocortisone valerate help with; all sorts of rashes?

No: Hydrocortisone valerate is a mid potency steroid that works on some rash types. I would be careful using it on rashes that your doctor has not diagnosed, as it can make certain rashes worse (i.E infectious). ...Read more

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