Hydrocortisone is a medication based on the hormone cortisol that is available for topical (i.e. cream or ointment), oral and intravenous administration. Farmington Drugs & Medical Supplies provides patients who need Hydrocortisone prescriptions at our home pharmacy or via free local deliveries for prescription refills.
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What is hydrocortisone used for? Hydrocortisone is used for a number of conditions, depending on the form and strength. For example, hydrocortisone butyrate 0.1% cream is a topical corticosteroid and is used in managing types of atopic dermatitis and corticosteroid-responsive dermatoses. In the case of hydrocortisone butyrate, the dosage and administration typically used is applying a thin film two times daily to the affected area. Hydrocortisone may also be utilized for managing eczema, psoriasis, allergic rash and other skin conditions. Hydrocortisone is typically considered more short-acting when compared to similar medications such as prednisone and has slightly different effects on sodium balance when compared to dexamethasone.
Hydrocortisone – Side Effects
Like all medications, hydrocortisone can cause side effects when used. Hydrocortisone cream side effects include local skin reactions such as burning, itching, irritation, drying, color changes, atrophy or a rash. More significant adverse effects include hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis suppression, Cushing’s syndrome, hyperglycemia, and glucosuria. Concerns and questions about potential side effects of hydrocortisone use should be discussed with one’s medical provider and pharmacist.
Hydrocortisone is a relatively common medication and affordable at under forty cents per gram for hydrocortisone cream and under forty cents per tablet for oral hydrocortisone. Some versions of hydrocortisone may be available over-the-counter while other types of hydrocortisone require a prescription from a medical provider. Hydrocortisone coupons may be available online and the cost of a hydrocortisone prescription may also be covered by one’s insurance plan, depending on the plan and the pharmacy. Farmington Drugs & Medical Supplies takes pride in offering the most cost efficient services and prescriptions to our patients.
Hydrocortisone comes in different formulations, including hydrocortisone cream 2.5%, hydrocortisone cream 1%, hydrocortisone ointment, hydrocortisone valerate and hydrocortisone acetate and hydrocortisone butyrate.
Given the evolving nature of medicine and science, this information might not be accurate and should not be construed as medical advice or diagnosis / treatment recommendations. Please consult a licensed medical provider if you have additional questions.