Hydrokortison Uses

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What is Hydrokortison?

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

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

Hydrokortison 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.

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

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

Hydrokortison 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.

For parenteral use of Hydrokortison Upha Corporation: acute adrenal insufficiency, allergic reactions of immediate type, asthmatic status, prevention and treatment of shock, myocardial infarction complicated by cardiogenic shock, thyrotoxic crisis, thyroiditis, congenital adrenal hyperplasia, hypercalcemia due to tumor disease, short or additional therapy in acute rheumatic diseases, collagen diseases, pemphigus, bullous Dermatitis herpetiformis (Duhring disease), polymorphic bullous erythema, exfoliative dermatitis, granulosarcoid, severe forms of psoriasis and seborrheic dermatitis, severe acute and chronic allergic and inflammatory processes with eyes involvement, symptomatic sarcoidosis, Loeffler syndrome if not amenable to other forms of therapy, berylliosis, focal or disseminated form of tuberculosis during anti tuberculosis chemotherapy, aspiration pneumonitis, adult idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura (only IV), adult secondary thrombocytopenia, acquired (autoimmune) hemolytic anemia, erythroblastopenia, congenital (erythroid) anemotrophy, palliative therapy in leukemia and lymphoma adults with acute leukemia in children, to enhance diuresis and to reduce proteinuria in nephrotic syndrome without uremia, with nephrotic syndrome of idiopathic type or lupus erythematosus, in a critical stage of ulcerative colitis, and regional enteritis (as a systemic treatment), tuberculous meningitis with subarachnoid block or the development of its stake (in conjunction with antituberculosis chemotherapy), trichinosis with nervous system or myocardium, bronchial asthma, diseases of the joints.

For local use: inflammation of the anterior eyeball in intact epithelium of the cornea and after injury and surgery on the eyeball.

For external use: allergic dermatitis, seborrhea, various forms of eczema, atopic dermatitis, psoriasis, pruritus, red flat verrucous zoster.

How should I use Hydrokortison?

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

  • Hydrokortison is usually given as an injection at your doctor's office, hospital, or clinic. If you will be using Hydrokortison at home, a health care provider will teach you how to use it. Be sure you understand how to use Hydrokortison. Follow the procedures you are taught when you use a dose. Contact your health care provider if you have any questions.
  • Do not use Hydrokortison 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 Hydrokortison, contact your doctor right away.

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

Uses of Hydrokortison 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. Hydrokortison 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 Hydrokortison 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.

Hydrokortison description


Hydrokortison 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, Hydrokortison was referred to as Compound E.

Active ingredient matches for Hydrokortison:

Hydrocortisone in Norway.

List of Hydrokortison substitutes (brand and generic names)

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Unit description / dosage (Manufacturer)Price, USD
Solution; Topical; Hydrocortisone (Galen)
HYDROLIN 100MG INJECTION 1 vial / 1 injection each (Hetero Drugs Ltd)$ 0.66
Hydroskin cream 1 g/100g (Rugby)
Hydroskin lotion 1 g/100mL (Rugby)
Cream; Topical; Hydrocortisone 0.5% (Christo)
Hydrosone 1 % x 15 g (Christo)
Hydrosone 1 % x 450 g (Christo)
Cream; Topical; Hydrocortisone 1% (Christo)
Hydrotopic / Vial 100 mg x 10's (Vendiz)$ 26.44
Hydrotopic 250 mg x 10's (Vendiz)$ 51.33
Hydrotopic Cream 1 % x 5 g$ 3.73
Hydrotopic Cream 1 % x 500 g$ 64.71
Hys NA Injection (Speciality Meditech Pvt Ltd)$ 0.68
HYS 100 1GM INJECTION 1 vial / 1 injection each (Speciality Meditech Pvt Ltd)$ 0.68
Hytisone 1 % x 5 g (Atlantic Lab)
Cream; Topical; Hydrocortisone Acetate 1% (Atlantic Lab)
Hytisone cream 1 % 5 g x 1's (Atlantic Lab)
100 mg x 1's (Evershine)
200 mg x 1's (Evershine)
Hyver 100mg INJ / 1 (Evershine)
Hyver 200mg INJ / 1 (Evershine)
Hyver 100mg INJ / 1 (Evershine)
Hyver 200mg INJ / 1 (Evershine)
ICORT TABLET 1 strip / 10 tablets each (M D C Pharmaceuticals P Ltd)$ 0.54
Solution; Ophthalmic; Hydrocortisone Sodium Phosphate


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