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Why is it that a person should take hydrocortisone tablets with food or meals?

Why is it that a person should take hydrocortisone tablets with food or meals?

Stomach irritation: Hydrocortisone, or steroids in general, can be very irritating to the GI tract. Taking them with food can minimize problems like nausea, heartburn, and stomach pain. ...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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Dr has me on low dose hydrocortisone and suggested I check blood sugars after a month on pills. Today almost3 hrs after meal it was 81 is that normal?

Dr has me on low dose hydrocortisone and suggested I check blood sugars after a month on pills. Today almost3 hrs after meal it was 81 is that normal?

Normal blood sugar: A fasting blood glucose of approximately 60-100, maybe up to 110 in some laboratories, is considered normal. After you eat, the level goes up above 100, and then it comes back down afterward. Most of the time, the level should stay in the range where yours is. ...Read more

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1yr old twins. Have blotchy rash. Same soap/lotion since birth. Can they now be allergic now? No food changes. Using hydrocortisone cream

1yr old twins. Have blotchy rash. Same soap/lotion since birth. Can they now be allergic now? No food changes. Using hydrocortisone cream

Yes: The children may have atopic dermatitis and even though there has been no food changes, food allergy can be acquired through direct skin contact if AD is the issue. Talk to your doctor and consider seeing an allergist. ...Read more

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Should an increase in petechiae be looked into when on hydrocortisone (cortef) tablets? Have had some for years but they are increasing in numbers.

Should an increase in petechiae be looked into when on hydrocortisone (cortef) tablets? Have had some for years but they are increasing in numbers.

Absolutely: I am going to assume that your health is stable and that you are not thrombocytopenic. If you actually have petechiae, they always deserve to be worked up; you want to know whether you have a capillary fragility syndrome. In the US, we have food faddists who give themselves scurvy; I trust Australians are more sensible. Cortef (hydrocortisone) makes capillaries more fragile. I'd get specialist consultation. ...Read more

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Can hydrocortisone tablets interact with alcohol?

Can hydrocortisone tablets interact with alcohol?

They could: Steroid pills can irritate the lining of the stomach. Alcohol can do the same thing. ...Read more

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How long does it take for eczema to go away with hydrocortisone 1%?

How long does it take for eczema to go away with hydrocortisone 1%?

Depends: Eczema is a disease with varying intensity. The amount of time required depends upon the disease, how potent the steroid is and how religiously you apply it. If it is not improving after a few weeks it is time to try a more potent steroid. ...Read more

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Where online can I get hydrocortisone tablets without a prior prescription?

Where online can I get hydrocortisone tablets without a prior prescription?

Not a good idea: Buying medicines online from unknown anonymous vendors is a dangerous practice. Obtaining and using prescription medications without a prescription is dangerous and probably illegal in most states. If one is attempting this purchase over the internet this may violate federal laws. ...Read more

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Dr prescribed 2.5 MG hydrocortisone 3 x a day. I took the first dose at 4 this afternoon andnow have a dry cough. From pill? Dangerous or no big deal?

Dr prescribed 2.5 MG hydrocortisone 3 x a day. I took the first dose at 4 this afternoon andnow have a dry cough. From pill? Dangerous or no big deal?

Unlikely: At this dose, I'd doubt hydrocortisone causes any noticeable effects. At a much much higher dose, cortisone may worsen your reflux leading to a dry cough. I don't believe they are related. ...Read more

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Woman can take hydrocortisone during pregnancy?

Woman can take hydrocortisone during pregnancy?

Cream?: If it is a cream applied in moderation on a limited area of the skin yes. ...Read more

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How long does it take for cortizone (hydrocortisone) cream take to relieve itch?

How long does it take for cortizone (hydrocortisone) cream take to relieve itch?

Day or so: Cortizone (hydrocortisone) cream like all corticosteroids to become effective needs to be transported into the cytoplasm of the cell where it binds the steroid receptor. This is transported into nucleus and binds to another receptor. This affects mrna which then makes specific proteins. These proteins affect inflammatory mediators that leads to symptom improvement. This process takes 6-8 hours. ...Read more

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I got hydrocortisone 1% cuz my pharmacy didn't have 2% I'm adviced to take 2% to my external pile bleeding. The difference? Ok to use it? How often?

I got hydrocortisone 1% cuz my pharmacy didn't have 2% I'm adviced to take 2% to my external pile bleeding. The difference? Ok to use it? How often?

It is ok: Yes it is ok to use 1% Hydrocortisone cream. If there is lot of pain use household honey (or medihoney$20) apply frequently until pain gone. The other option use calamine with vick's cream the combination or a product called calmoseptine $8.00 which will help relieve pain. ...Read more

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I still haven't noticed a difference in my rash after hydrocortisone cream? How long does it take to work?

I still haven't noticed a difference in my rash after hydrocortisone cream? How long does it take to work?

Skin rash: There are a number of reasons why the Hydrocortisone cream does not work: you have not used it long enough, the Hydrocortisone is not strong enough and you need a prescription cortisone cream, the rash does not respond to cortisone and is a fungal rash and you need an anti fungal cream. I recommend you see your local dermatologist for help with your rash. ...Read more

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I have an acth deficiency and take hydrocortisone daily. I am starting to lift weights. Should I increase the dose when I add weight or reps.?

I have an acth deficiency and take hydrocortisone daily. I am starting to lift weights. Should I increase the dose when I add weight or reps.?

Good question: And only your treating physician can decide. Acth deficiency is serious disorder with many ramifications and should followed closely if you are starting an exercise regimen. ...Read more

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How long does it take to get over effects of hydrocortisone after pituitary surgery. I have been taking it for 6 weeks. Now I am told I can stop it.

Hydrocortisone: It can take several weeks to months to get pass the side effects - you need to be tapered off the medication slowly over several days to weeks. ...Read more

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I had a benign petuitary tumour removed in Dec 2013 and have been taking hydrocortisone tablets since. I want a tattoo but unsure if safe to get one.

I had a benign petuitary tumour removed in Dec 2013 and have been taking hydrocortisone tablets since. I want a tattoo but unsure if safe to get one.

No if my kid!: He faints with a simple needle stick. Without adrenal hormones, stress can cause circulatory collapse. With him, a tattoo is dangerous. Of course with most people just getting stuck with a needle is a minor stress, tolerated well and little risk.
Extra steroids outside of the body are unlikely to do much INside the body if/when absorbed
(10grm 1% creme...10 mg @most)

also, I'd kill him. ...Read more

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How long will it take for my red rough cheeks to heal after stopping using a retinol and applying hydrocortisone? (stopped retinol lotion two days ago)

How long will it take for my red rough cheeks to heal after stopping using a retinol and applying hydrocortisone? (stopped retinol lotion two days ago)

Couple of days: Next time, use a very diluted Retinol (add moisturizer and let your skin dry completely before applying. Any moisturizer with Shea butter would feel good and not aggravate this. Steroids should not really be applied to the face unless the reaction is very severe. ...Read more

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Friend on cortizones (hydrocortisone) & was told by dermatologist sugar will rise. Can he take 500mg more of metfomin. At present takes 2000mg a day. Pls advise?

Friend on cortizones (hydrocortisone) & was told by dermatologist sugar will rise. Can he take 500mg more of metfomin. At present takes 2000mg a day. Pls advise?

This needs to be: Adjusted by the health care provider who prescribed metformin in the first place not by healthtap doctors because they do not know your friends medication history and blood sugar up and downs with metformin. ...Read more

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Can you tell me about it's like to use a hydrocortisone pill, spray or lotion for allergies?

Hydrocortisone: Hydrocortisone is a steroid which is available over the counter in topical preparations like creams, ointments, and sprays. For rashes and hives, these topical preparations are fairly effective in helping the itch. Oral hydrocortisone is not available OTC and needs to be prescribed by a health care provider. It is not a first choice for allergies - try an oral antihistamine first. ...Read more

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Hi, got cortizone (hydrocortisone) injection for my elbow tendonitus. How long be it takes full effect. Should it hurt first before feeling good?

Hi, got cortizone (hydrocortisone) injection for my elbow tendonitus. How long be it takes full effect. Should it hurt first before feeling good?

Can take days-week: Steroid injections usually include lidocaine which initially numbs the area, making it feel better until it wears off. Site pain can then actually increase until steroid can take effect to reduce inflammation, which can take days to a week. I recommend icing area, using an elbow airpillow (like AIRCAST) and ibuprofen/naproxne with limited use of arm until symptoms improve. See Dr if no better. ...Read more

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