Hydrocortisone Uses

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What is Hydrocortisone?

Hydrocortisone is used to treat certain medical conditions, such as inflammation (swelling), severe allergic reactions, kidney diseases, adrenal problems, arthritis, asthma, blood or bone marrow problems, eye or vision problems, lupus, skin conditions, ulcerative colitis, and flare-ups of multiple sclerosis.

Hydrocortisone is a corticosteroid (cortisone-like medicine or steroid). It works on the immune system to help relieve swelling, redness, itching, and allergic reactions.

hydrocortisone is to be given only by or under the supervision of a doctor.

Hydrocortisone indications

infoAn indication is a term used for the list of condition or symptom or illness for which the medicine is prescribed or used by the patient. For example, acetaminophen or paracetamol is used for fever by the patient, or the doctor prescribes it for a headache or body pains. Now fever, headache and body pains are the indications of paracetamol. A patient should be aware of the indications of medications used for common conditions because they can be taken over the counter in the pharmacy meaning without prescription by the Physician. The below description contains indications of Hydrocortisone drug.

Hydrocortisone Tablets, USP are indicated in the following conditions:

1. Endocrine Disorders

Primary or secondary adrenocortical insufficiency (hydrocortisone or cortisone is the first choice; synthetic analogs may be

used in conjunction with mineralocorticoids where applicable; in infancy mineralocorticoid supplementation is of particular


Congenital adrenal hyperplasia

Nonsuppurative thyroiditis

Hypercalcemia associated with cancer

2. Rheumatic Disorders

As adjunctive therapy for short-term administration (to tide the patient over an acute episode or exacerbation) in:

Psoriatic arthritis

Rheumatoid arthritis, including juvenile rheumatoid arthritis (selected cases may require low-dose maintenance therapy)

Ankylosing spondylitis

Acute and subacute bursitis

Acute nonspecific tenosynovitis

Acute gouty arthritis

Post-traumatic osteoarthritis

Synovitis or osteoarthritis


3. Collagen Diseases

During an exacerbation or as maintenance therapy in selected cases of:

Systemic lupus erythematosus

Acute rheumatic carditis

Systemic dermatomyositis (polymyositis)

4. Dermatologic Diseases


Bullous dermatitis herpetiformis

Severe erythema multiforme (Stevens-Johnson syndrome)

Exfoliative dermatitis

Mycosis fungoides

Severe psoriasis

Severe seborrheic dermatitis

5. Allergic States

Control of severe or incapacitating allergic conditions intractable to adequate trials of conventional treatment:

Seasonal or perennial allergic rhinitis

Bronchial asthma

Contact dermatitis

Atopic dermatitis

Serum sickness

Drug hypersensitivity reactions

6. Ophthalmic Diseases

Severe acute and chronic allergic and inflammatory processes involving the eye and its adnexa, such as:

Allergic conjunctivitis


Allergic corneal marginal ulcers

Herpes zoster ophthalmicus

Iritis and iridocyclitis


Anterior segment inflammation

Diffuse posterior uveitis and choroiditis

Optic neuritis

Sympathetic ophthalmia

7. Respiratory Disease

Symptomatic sarcoidosis

Loeffler’s syndrome not manageable by other means


Fulminating or disseminated pulmonary tuberculosis when used concurrently with appropriate antituberculosis chemotherapy

Aspiration pneumonitis

8. Hematologic Disorder

Idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura in adults

Secondary thrombocytopenia in adults

Acquired (autoimmune) hemolytic anemia

Erythroblastopenia (RBC anemia)

Congenital (erythroid) hypoplastic anemia

9. Neoplastic Diseases

For palliative management of:

Leukemias and lymphomas in adults

Acute leukemia of childhood

10. Edematous States

To induce a diuresis or remission of proteinuria in the nephrotic syndrome, without uremia, of the idiopathic type or that

due to lupus erythematosus.

11. Gastrointestinal Diseases

To tide the patient over a critical period of the disease in:

Ulcerative colitis

Regional enteritis

12. Miscellaneous

Tuberculous meningitis with subarachnoid block or impending block when used concurrently with appropriate

antituberculous chemotherapy

Trichinosis with neurologic or myocardial involvement


How should I use Hydrocortisone?

Use hydrocortisone as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.

  • Take hydrocortisone by mouth with or without food. If stomach upset occurs, take with food to reduce stomach irritation.
  • Do not suddenly stop taking hydrocortisone. You may have an increased risk of side effects (eg, seizures). If you need to stop hydrocortisone or add a new medicine, your doctor will gradually lower your dose.
  • If you miss a dose of hydrocortisone, take it as soon as possible. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not take 2 doses at once.

Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use hydrocortisone.

Uses of Hydrocortisone in details

infoThere are specific as well as general uses of a drug or medicine. A medicine can be used to prevent a disease, treat a disease over a period or cure a disease. It can also be used to treat the particular symptom of the disease. The drug use depends on the form the patient takes it. It may be more useful in injection form or sometimes in tablet form. The drug can be used for a single troubling symptom or a life-threatening condition. While some medications can be stopped after few days, some drugs need to be continued for prolonged period to get the benefit from it. The below information contains the uses of Hydrocortisone drug.

It is used as a cream to treat mild to moderate inflammatory skin disorders such as mild to moderate eczema (itchy skin rash)contact dermatitis (e.g. after contact with certain plants, cosmetics, irritants like detergents), insect bite reactions.

Orally it is used to reduce pain, swelling and inflammation and to reduce the body's immune response. In general this drug is used to treat hormonal conditions when the body does not produce enough of its own steroids, and to treat a range of immune and allergic conditions. Hydrocortisone is used as an injection for treating various conditions such as severe allergic reactions, arthritis, blood diseases, breathing problems, certain cancers, eye diseases, intestinal disorders, and skin diseases. The injectable form of hydrocortisone is used when a similar drug cannot be taken by mouth or when a very fast treatment is needed, especially in patients with severe medical conditions. This drug may also be used with other medications as a replacement for certain hormones.


Hydrocortisone description

infoPharmacology is a crucial part of medicine wherein various medications are used to advance the well-being of an individual. Some drugs cure the infection or a disease; few prevent the occurrence of a symptom or a disease, and few are used in long-term treatment of the disease. Drugs are obtained from the plants as well as they can be synthesized organically. The drugs are used in various combinations or a single drug by the pharmaceutical industry during its preparation. The half-life of each medicine is different, and the dosage of the drug depends on the half-life of the drug. The below information gives the detailed description of Hydrocortisone drug.

The main glucocorticoid secreted by the adrenal cortex. Its synthetic counterpart is used, either as an injection or topically, in the treatment of inflammation, allergy, collagen diseases, asthma, adrenocortical deficiency, shock, and some neoplastic conditions. [PubChem]

Active ingredient matches for Hydrocortisone:


Unit description / dosage (Manufacturer)Price, USD
Cream; Topical; Hydrocortisone 1%
Cream; Topical; Hydrocortisone 0.5%
Cream; Topical; Hydrocortisone 2.5%
Ointment; Topical; Hydrocortisone 1%
Ointment; Topical; Hydrocortisone 2.5%
Tablet; Oral; Hydrocortisone 20 mg
Tablet; Oral; Hydrocortisone 10 mg
Injectable; Injection; Hydrocortisone Sodium Phosphate 50 mg / ml
Injectable; Injection; Hydrocortisone Acetate 25 mg / ml
Lotion; Topical; Hydrocortisone 0.5%
Lotion; Topical; Hydrocortisone 1%
Injectable; Injection; Hydrocortisone Sodium Succinate 1 g
Injectable; Injection; Hydrocortisone Sodium Succinate 100 mg
Injectable; Injection; Hydrocortisone Sodium Succinate 250 mg
Injectable; Injection; Hydrocortisone Sodium Succinate 500 mg
Ointment; Ophthalmic; Hydrocortisone Acetate 0.5%
Tablet; Oral; Hydrocortisone 5 mg
Ointment; Topical; Hydrocortisone Acetate 1%
Injectable; Injection; Hydrocortisone Acetate 50 mg / ml
Lotion; Topical; Hydrocortisone 2.5%
Injectable; Injection; Hydrocortisone Acetate 25 mg; Lidocaine Hydrochloride 5 mg / ml
Cream; Topical; Hydrocortisone Acetate 1%
Ointment; Topical; Hydrocortisone 0.5%
Injectable; Injection; Hydrocortisone 1 g
Cream; Topical; Hydrocortisone Acetate 2.5%
Locoid Lipocream 0.1% Cream 60 gm Tube$ 335.36
Cortifoam 90 mg Foam 15 gm Can$ 239.99
Locoid 0.1% Solution 60ml Bottle$ 233.15
Locoid Lipocream 0.1% Cream 45 gm Tube$ 200.98
Locoid 0.1% Cream 45 gm Tube$ 183.83
Locoid 0.1% Ointment 45 gm Tube$ 174.86
Pandel 0.1% Cream 45 gm Tube$ 161.37
Pandel 0.1% Cream 15 gm Tube$ 138.56
Proctocort 1% Cream 28.35 gm Tube$ 127.51
Anusol-HC 2.5% Cream 30 gm Tube$ 106.45
Locoid Lipocream 0.1% Cream 15 gm Tube$ 85.41
Texacort 2.5% Solution 30ml Bottle$ 85.41
Cortisporin 3.5-10000-1 Solution 10ml Bottle$ 84.33
Proctofoam HC 1-1% Foam 10 gm Can$ 81.90
Cortisporin 3.5-10000-1 Suspension 10ml Bottle$ 79.55
Locoid 0.1% Solution 20ml Bottle$ 79.28
Cortisporin 1% Ointment 15 gm Tube$ 75.09
Locoid 0.1% Cream 15 gm Tube$ 67.49
Hydrocortisone Ace-Pramoxine 2.5-1% Cream 28.35 gm Tube$ 64.75
Locoid 0.1% Ointment 15 gm Tube$ 62.04
Hydrocortisone Valerate 0.2% Ointment 60 gm Tube$ 56.74
Hydrocortisone 2.5% Lotion 59 gm Bottle$ 55.61
Westcort 0.2% Ointment 60 gm Tube$ 55.00
Cortisporin 0.5-0.5-10000 Cream 7.5 gm Tube$ 54.37
Westcort 0.2% Ointment 15 gm Tube$ 50.99
Hydrocortisone Butyrate 0.1% Cream 45 gm Tube$ 49.43
Hydrocortisone Valerate 0.2% Ointment 45 gm Tube$ 48.73
Hydrocortisone 2.5% Lotion 59ml Bottle$ 47.47
Westcort 0.2% Ointment 45 gm Tube$ 46.97
Hydrocortisone Valerate 0.2% Cream 60 gm Tube$ 44.99
Hydrocortisone Valerate 0.2% Cream 45 gm Tube$ 33.99
Ala Scalp 2% Lotion 29.6ml Bottle$ 30.99
Hydrocortisone Valerate 0.2% Ointment 15 gm Tube$ 30.56
Westcort 0.2% Cream 15 gm Tube$ 25.99
Hydrocortisone Valerate 0.2% Cream 15 gm Tube$ 19.99
Cortisporin eye drops$ 19.74
Solu-Cortef 1 g/vial$ 17.55
Hydrocortisone 1% Lotion 118ml Bottle$ 15.99
Hydrocortisone Acetate 12 25 mg Suppository Box$ 15.01
Hydrocortisone 2.5% Ointment 28.35 gm Tube$ 13.68
Hydrocortisone 2.5% Cream 30 gm Tube$ 13.67
Colocort 100 mg/60ml Enema 60ml Bottle$ 13.15
Hydrocortisone 100 mg/60ml Enema 60ml Bottle$ 12.60
Hydrocortisone 0.5% Cream 28.35 gm Tube$ 11.99
Hydrocortisone 1% Cream 15 gm Tube$ 11.99
Hydrocortisone 1% Cream 28 gm Tube$ 11.99
Hydrocortisone Acetate 1-1% Ointment 30 gm Tube$ 11.99
Solu-Cortef 500 mg/vial$ 10.47
Hydrocortisone hemisucc powder$ 9.90
Cortifoam 10% aerosol$ 9.35
Hydrocortisone Sod. Succinate 1 g/vial$ 9.01
Solu-cortef / pf 250 mg vial$ 8.58
Cortisporin-tc ear susp$ 8.30
Cortisporin ear suspension$ 7.86
Solu-Cortef 250 mg/vial$ 7.05
Cortenema / 100 mg/60Ml 100 mg/enm Enema$ 6.96
Proctofoam-hc foam$ 6.77
Cortifoam 10 % Foam$ 6.14
Hycort / 100 mg/60Ml 100 mg/enm Enema$ 5.79
Cortamed 2.5 % Ointment$ 5.67
Hydrocortisone Sod. Succinate 500 mg/vial$ 5.34
Hydrocortisone powder$ 5.19
Solu-cortef / pf 100 mg vial$ 4.85
Solu-cortef 100 mg vial$ 4.63
Proctocort 1% cream$ 4.37
Pandel 0.1% cream$ 4.34
Locoid 0.1% lipocream$ 4.30
Solu-Cortef 100 mg/vial$ 4.07
Locoid 0.1% cream$ 3.92
Hydrocortisone Sod. Succinate 250 mg/vial$ 3.56
Hydrocortisone ss 250 mg vial$ 3.50
Anusol-hc 2.5% cream$ 3.45
Hydrocortisone acet powder$ 3.15
Proctofoam$ 2.89
A-hydrocort 100 mg vial$ 2.42
Proctocream-hc 2.5% cream$ 2.17
Hydrocortisone Sod. Succinate 100 mg/vial$ 2.10
Hydrocortisone val 0.2% cream$ 2.07
Hytone 2.5% cream$ 1.46
Hydrocortisone buty 0.1% cream$ 1.31
First hydrocort 10% gel$ 1.18
Westcort 0.2% cream$ 1.17
Procto-kit 1% cream$ 1.08
Ala-scalp hp 2% lotion$ 1.03
Cortef 20 mg tablet$ 0.90
Proctosol-hc 2.5% cream$ 0.89
Proctozone-hc 2.5% cream$ 0.83
Orabase plain paste$ 0.77
Hydrocortisone 2.5% lotion$ 0.60
Cortef 10 mg tablet$ 0.55
Orabase-b 20% gel$ 0.55
Hydrocortisone 2.5% cream$ 0.53
Hydrocortisone 10 mg tablet$ 0.52
Cortef 5 mg tablet$ 0.45
Ala-cort 1% cream$ 0.43
Hydrocortisone 5 mg tablet$ 0.38
Corticaine 0.5% cream$ 0.37
Hydrocortisone 20 mg tablet$ 0.32
Prevex Hc 1 % Occlusive Cream$ 0.30
Emo-Cort 2.5 % Cream$ 0.26
Preparation h 1% cream$ 0.24
Tucks hydrocortisone ointment$ 0.24
Emo-Cort 2.5 % Lotion$ 0.23
Emo-Cort Scalp 2.5 % Lotion$ 0.22
Colocort 100 mg enema$ 0.21
Cortenema 100 mg enema$ 0.21
Sarna Hc 2.5 % Lotion$ 0.20
Emo-Cort 1 % Cream$ 0.19
Balneol lotion$ 0.18
Emo-Cort 1 % Lotion$ 0.18
Lanacort 1% cool creme$ 0.18
Hyderm 0.5 % Cream$ 0.18
Hytone 1% cream$ 0.17
Cortoderm Mild 0.5 % Ointment$ 0.15
Beta hc 1% lotion$ 0.14
Cortizone-10 1% spray$ 0.14
Hydroval 0.2 % Cream$ 0.13
Hydroval 0.2 % Ointment$ 0.13
Aquanil hc 1% lotion$ 0.12
Hydrocortisone plus 12 1% crm$ 0.12
Scalpicin 3% liquid$ 0.12
Slender cortisol capsule$ 0.12
Cortaid 1% spray$ 0.10
Sarna Hc 1 % Lotion$ 0.10
Hydrocortisone 0.5% cream$ 0.08
Hydrocortisone 1% cream$ 0.08
Uniderm moisturizer$ 0.05
Cortoderm Regular 1 % Ointment$ 0.04
Hyderm 1 % Cream$ 0.04
Hydrocortisone 10 mg/1 g x 10 g
Tablets; Oral; Hydrocortisone 20 mg
Tablets; Oral; Hydrocortisone 10 mg
Tablets; Oral; Hydrocortisone 5 mg
Hydrocortisone 100 mg Injection$ 0.15
HYDROCORTISONE SODIUM 100 MG INJECTION 1 vial / 1 injection each (Troikaa Pharmaceuticals Ltd)$ 0.62
Hydrocortisone tablet 20 mg/1 (Greenstone LLC (US))
Hydrocortisone tablet 5 mg/1 (KAISER FOUNDATION HOSPITALS (US))
Hydrocortisone enema 100 mg/60mL (ANIP Acquisition Company (US))
Hydrocortisone tablet 10 mg/1 (Greenstone LLC (US))
Hydrocortisone suspension 100 mg/60mL (Breckenridge Pharmaceutical, Inc. (US))
Hydrocortisone cream 25 mg/g (Rebel Distributors Corp (US))
Hydrocortisone cream 10 mg/g (ANI Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (US))
Hydrocortisone lotion 25 mg/mL (Qualitest Pharmaceuticals (US))
Hydrocortisone ointment 10 mg/g (Actavis Pharma, Inc. (US))
Hydrocortisone ointment 25 mg/1 (REMEDYREPACK INC. (US))
Hydrocortisone ointment 25 mg/g (A S Medication Solutions (US))
Hydrocortisone cream 1 h/100g (Kareway Product, Inc. (US))
Hydrocortisone liquid 10 mg/mL (CVS Pharmacy (US))
Hydrocortisone cream 1 g/100g (Rebel Distributors Corp (US))
Hydrocortisone ointment 1 g/100g (North Safety Products (US))
Hydrocortisone aerosol, spray 1.13 g/113g (Wal Mart Stores Inc (US))
Hydrocortisone cream 10 mg/mL (Uni Shield (US))
Hydrocortisone cream .5 g/100g (Taro Pharmaceuticals U.S.A., Inc. (US))
Hydrocortisone lotion 1 g/mL (Perrigo New York Inc (US))
Hydrocortisone cream 5 mg/g (E. Fougera & Co. a division of Fougera Pharmaceuticals Inc. (US))
Hydrocortisone gel 1 g/100g (H E B (US))
Hydrocortisone ointment 5 mg/g (E. Fougera & Co. a division of Fougera Pharmaceuticals Inc. (US))
Hydrocortisone 100mg Injection (Troikaa Pharmaceuticals Ltd)$ 0.62

List of Hydrocortisone substitutes (brand and generic names):

Hydrocortisone acetate 25 mg x 12 Tablet (Aventis)
Hydrocortisone Acetate / Oasis 5 mg/1 mL x 5 mL (Aventis)
Hydrocortisone Acetate 25 mg Injection (Aventis)$ 0.10
Hydrocortisone Acetate Eye Drop (Aventis)$ 0.03
Hydrocortisone Acetate cream 1 g/100g (Aventis)
Hydrocortisone Acetate cream 10 mg/g (Aventis)
Hydrocortisone Acetate ointment 1 g/100g (Aventis)
Hydrocortisone Acetate suppository 25 mg/1 (Aventis)
Hydrocortisone Acetate suppository 30 mg/1 (Aventis)
Hydrocortisone Beacons 1 % x 450 g x 1's


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