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Has anyone ever used hydrocortisone valerate; is it the same as regular hydrocortisone?
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Dr. Ally-Khan Somani
Dermatology
In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
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