What are the possible side effects of Hydrocortisone?
All medicines may cause side effects, but many people have no, or minor, side effects. Check with your doctor if any of these most COMMON side effects persist or become bothersome:
Burning, dryness, itching, or mild skin irritation.
Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur:
Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue); acne-like rash; excessive hair growth; inflamed hair follicles; inflammation around the mouth; itching, burning, pain, redness, or swelling of the skin not present before using Hydrocortisone; muscle weakness; symptoms of high blood sugar (eg, increased thirst, hunger, or urination; confusion; unusual drowsiness; flushing; rapid breathing); thinning, softening, or discoloration of the skin; unusual weight gain, especially in the face.
This is not a complete list of all side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, contact your health care provider. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. To report side effects to the appropriate agency, please read the.
Side effects of Hydrocortisone in details
Applies to hydrocortisone: oral suspension, oral tablet
In addition to its needed effects, some unwanted effects may be caused by hydrocortisone. In the event that any of these side effects do occur, they may require medical attention.
Major Side Effects
You should check with your doctor immediately if any of these side effects occur when taking hydrocortisone:
- blurred vision
- decrease in the amount of urine
- fast, slow, pounding, or irregular heartbeat or pulse
- mental depression
- mood changes
- noisy, rattling breathing
- numbness or tingling in the arms or legs
- pounding in the ears
- shortness of breath
- swelling of the fingers, hands, feet, or lower legs
- trouble thinking, speaking, or walking
- troubled breathing at rest
- weight gain
- Abdominal cramping and/or burning (severe)
- abdominal pain
- bloody, black, or tarry stools
- cough or hoarseness
- darkening of skin
- decrease in height
- decreased vision
- dry mouth
- eye pain
- eye tearing
- facial hair growth in females
- fever or chills
- flushed, dry skin
- fruit-like breath odor
- full or round face, neck, or trunk
- heartburn and/or indigestion (severe and continuous)
- increased hunger
- increased thirst
- increased urination
- loss of appetite
- loss of sexual desire or ability
- lower back or side pain
- menstrual irregularities
- muscle pain or tenderness
- muscle wasting or weakness
- pain in back, ribs, arms, or legs
- painful or difficult urination
- skin rash
- trouble healing
- trouble sleeping
- unexplained weight loss
- unusual tiredness or weakness
- vision changes
- vomiting of material that looks like coffee grounds
Minor Side Effects
Some of the side effects that can occur with hydrocortisone may not need medical attention. As your body adjusts to the medicine during treatment these side effects may go away. Your health care professional may also be able to tell you about ways to reduce or prevent some of these side effects. If any of the following side effects continue, are bothersome or if you have any questions about them, check with your health care professional:
- Increased appetite
- Abnormal fat deposits on the face, neck, and trunk
- dry scalp
- lightening of normal skin color
- red face
- reddish purple lines on the arms, face, legs, trunk, or groin
- swelling of the stomach area
- thinning of the scalp hair
What is the most important information I should know about Hydrocortisone?
- Hydrocortisone is for external use only. If you get Hydrocortisone in your eyes, immediately flush them with cool tap water.
- Do NOT use more than the recommended dose or use for longer than 2 weeks without checking with your doctor.
- Do not apply Hydrocortisone over large areas of the body, to open wounds, or to scraped, infected, or burned skin without first checking with your doctor.
- If your symptoms do not get better within 2 weeks or if they get worse, check with your doctor.
- Talk with your doctor before you use any other medicines or cleansers on your skin.
- Do not use Hydrocortisone for other skin conditions at a later time.
- If Hydrocortisone was prescribed to treat the diaper area of a child, avoid using tight-fitting diapers or plastic pants.
- Hydrocortisone has a corticosteroid in it. Before you start any new medicine, check the label to see if it has a corticosteroid in it too. If it does or you are not sure, check with your doctor or pharmacist.
- Tell your doctor or dentist that you use Hydrocortisone before you receive any medical or dental care, emergency care, or surgery.
- Check with your doctor before having vaccinations while you are using Hydrocortisone.
- Serious side effects may occur if too much of Hydrocortisone is absorbed through the skin. This may be more likely to occur if you use Hydrocortisone over a large area of the body. It may also be more likely if you wrap or bandage the area after you apply Hydrocortisone. The risk is greater in children. Do not use more than the prescribed dose. Contact your doctor right away if you develop unusual weight gain (especially in the face), muscle weakness, increased thirst or urination, confusion, unusual drowsiness, severe or persistent headache, or vision changes. Discuss any questions or concerns with your doctor.
- Corticosteroids may affect growth rate in CHILDREN and teenagers in some cases. They may need regular growth checks while they use Hydrocortisone.
- Hydrocortisone should not be used in CHILDREN; safety and effectiveness in children have not been confirmed.
- PREGNANCY and BREAST-FEEDING: If you become pregnant, contact your doctor. You will need to discuss the benefits and risks of using Hydrocortisone while you are pregnant. It is not known if Hydrocortisone is found in breast milk after topical use. If you are or will be breast-feeding while you use Hydrocortisone, check with your doctor. Discuss any possible risks to your baby.
For short-term use of Hydrocortisone Sunward Pharmaceutical according to the life - hypersensitivity to hydrocortisone. For intraarticular administration and injection directly into the lesion: previous arthroplasty, abnormal bleeding (endogenous or caused by the use of anticoagulants), intra-articular fracture, infection (septic) inflammatory process in joints and periarticular infections (including history), and also general infectious disease marked juxta-articular osteoporosis, lack of signs of inflammation in the joint ("dry" joint, such as osteoarthrosis without synovitis), marked bone destruction and deformity of joints (sharp narrowing of joint space, ankylosis), instability of the joint as a result of arthritis, aseptic necrosis of the epiphyses of bones forming the joint.
For external use: bacterial, viral, fungal skin diseases, tuberculosis, skin, cutaneous manifestations of syphilis, tumors of the skin, post-vaccination period, violation of the integrity of the skin (ulcers, wounds), children's age (up to 2 years, with itching in the anal area - up to 12 years), rosacea, acne vulgaris, perioral dermatitis.
For use in ophthalmology: bacterial, viral, fungal eye diseases, tuberculosis eye disease, trachoma, violation of the integrity of the eye epithelium.
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- HSDB. "HYDROCORTISONE". https://toxnet.nlm.nih.gov/cgi-bin/sis/s... (accessed September 18, 2017).
ReviewsThe results of a survey conducted on ndrugs.com for Hydrocortisone are given in detail below. The results of the survey conducted are based on the impressions and views of the website users and consumers taking Hydrocortisone. We implore you to kindly base your medical condition or therapeutic choices on the result or test conducted by a physician or licensed medical practitioners.
Information checked by Dr. Sachin Kumar, MD Pharmacology