Hydrocortisone Uses

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What is Hydrocortisone?

Hydrocortisone is a steroid medicine that reduces inflammation in the body.

The information in this medication guide is specific to hydrocortisone rectal foam or enema.

Hydrocortisone rectal is used to treat hemorrhoids and itching or swelling of the rectal area caused by hemorrhoids or other inflammatory conditions of the rectum or anus.

Hydrocortisone rectal is also used together with other medications to treat ulcerative colitis, proctitis, and other inflammatory conditions of the lower intestines and rectal area.

Hydrocortisone rectal may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.

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.

(Systemic use):Endocrine disordes ( primary or secondary adrenocortical insufficiency ).

shock unresponsive to conVentional therapy if adrenocortical insufficiency exists or is suspected, Rheumati

c disorders ( post – traumatic osteoarthritis, synovitis of osteoarthritis, Rheumatoid arthritis, Acute and subacute bursitis.

Epicondylitis, Acute nonspecific tenosynovitis, Acute gouty arthritis, Psoriatic arthritis

Collagen diseases ( systemic lupus erythematosus, Acute rheumatic Carditis, systemic dermatomysitis ), Dermatologic disease ( Pemphigus, Severe erythma multiforme, Exfoliative dermatitis, Severe psoriasis ) ophthalmic diseases, ( in allergic and inflammatory processes involving the eye, such as : Herpes Zoster ophthalmicus, Iritis, iridocy clitis, chorioretinitis, Keratitis ), Gastrointestinal diseases ( ulcerative colitis systemic theropy ) Respiratory diseases ( symptomatic sarcoidosis, Berylliosis ) Hematologic disorders ( Acquired [ autoimmune ] hemolytic anemia ) Neoplastic disease. (Topical use):variety of skin conditions (e.g., insect bites, poison oak/ivy, eczema, dermatitis, allergies, rash, itching of the outer female genitals, anal itching). Hydrocortisone reduces the swelling, itching, and redness that can occur in these types of conditions. This medication is a mild corticosteroid.

How should I use Hydrocortisone?

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

  • Hydrocortisone is usually given as an injection at your doctor's office, hospital, or clinic. If you will be using Hydrocortisone at home, a health care provider will teach you how to use it. Be sure you understand how to use Hydrocortisone. Follow the procedures you are taught when you use a dose. Contact your health care provider if you have any questions.
  • Do not use Hydrocortisone if it contains particles, is cloudy or discolored, or if the vial is cracked or damaged.
  • Keep this product, as well as syringes and needles, out of the reach of children and pets. Do not reuse needles, syringes, or other materials. Ask your health care provider how to dispose of these materials after use. Follow all local rules for disposal.
  • If you miss a dose of Hydrocortisone, contact your doctor right away.

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.

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


Hydrocortisone is the most well-known of the natural metabolic intermediary of cortisols. Cortisol is corticosteroid hormone or glucocorticoid produced by zona fasciculata of the adrenal cortex, which are a part of the adrenal gland. It is usually referred to as the "stress hormone" as it is involved in response to stress and anxiety, controlled by CRH. It increases blood pressure and blood sugar, and reduces immune responses. Various synthetic forms of cortisol are used to treat a variety of different illnesses. When first introduced as a treatment for rheumatoid arthritis, hydrocortisone was referred to as Compound E.

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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