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Fucidin H

Hydrocortisone Acetate

Fucidin H is a topical cream made by LEO for inflammatory skin conditions, such as eczema, which are infected.

If you have eczema and want to discuss treatment options further, speak to your doctor.

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PLEASE NOTE: This treatment is not available through our online pharmacy service. This page is for information only. If you are experiencing any of the symptoms related to the condition(s) this medication treats, we strongly recommend that you see your GP in person.

This content was reviewed by a clinician on

31 August 2020
dr daniel

Dr Daniel Atkinson

(GP Clinical Lead - GMC No. 4624794) 31 August 2020
Product information

Fucidin H is a topical cream for skin conditions, such as eczema, where an infection may also be present. It contains a combination of active ingredients, which are: fusidic acid, a type of antibiotic; and hydrocortisone, a corticosteroid. The cream is applied to the affected area usually two or three times a day, for up to two weeks.

  1. Simple to use topical cream
  2. For infected eczema
  3. Gets to work quickly

Eczema is a skin condition which causes various symptoms, such as itchiness, irritation, redness and cracks in the skin. It typically affects the hands, elbows, and behind the knees, but it can also occur on the head and face too. The condition tends to be chronic, flaring up and going into remission over long periods.

The exact cause of eczema is not known, however, associations between eczema and allergic conditions such as hay fever and asthma have been observed. Certain environmental factors, such as allergens and irritants in soaps and shampoos, can trigger eczema. It can also occur when hormonal changes place in the body, such as during pregnancy or menstruation.

How a doctor decides to treat the condition will largely depend on the severity of symptoms, and whether or not there are any signs of infection present. For mild to moderate cases where there are signs of infection, they may choose to issue a combination medication such as Fucidin H in order to alleviate the symptoms and clear up any residual bacteria.

The functioning constituents of Fucidin H are fusidic acid and hydrocortisone. Fusidic acid works by inhibiting a bacteria’s capacity for growth, by stopping it from producing self-sustaining proteins. In reducing the release of inflammatory chemicals, hydrocortisone relieves the irritation associated with eczema.

If you are experiencing eczema symptoms which have not been seen by a doctor, you will need to make an appointment in person with your GP. They will issue prescription treatment where required.

Please note that we do not offer this medication through our site. Speak to your doctor if you would like to know more about this treatment, and whether it can help you.

Page last reviewed:  31/08/2020

Make sure you follow the directions given by your prescriber when using this product, and familiarise yourself with the instructions in the patient information leaflet beforehand. This will help you to lower the risk of side effects and to make the medication as effective as possible.

  1. Use as directed.
  2. A typical dose may be two applications daily for a total of two weeks. These should be taken once in the morning and once in the evening.
  3. Wash your hands prior to use.
  4. The amount you use will depend on the area to which it is being applied.
  5. Consult the leaflet for a guide on fingertip units and how many of these you will need to use in relation to the area being treated.
  6. Never exceed the amount prescribed for you.
  7. If you forget to apply it, you can do so when you remember. Then simply carry on the course as scheduled.

The above is only a summary of the directions you will need to follow when using this medication. More detailed information can be located in the leaflet supplied.

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Page last reviewed:  31/08/2020
Please read the patient information leaflet for this medicine fully before use:

Fucidin H Cream 2%/1%

Side effects & Warnings

It is vital to be aware of the side effects associated with this product, so that you can take the appropriate action in the event that they occur. Notify your doctor right away if you experience any signs of an allergic reaction, such as: difficulty breathing; swelling in the face or throat; or a severe rash.

Common (1 in 10 people or less):

Reaction at the site of application, including itching, burning and irritation.

Uncommon (1 in 100 people or less):

Worsening of eczema, or a skin rash.

Some side effects which have been associated with hydrocortisone include:

Improper function of the adrenal glands; glaucoma; thinning of the skin; red spotty rash around the mouth or chin; stretch marks; small veins near the surface of the skin becoming visible; redness; lightening of skin colour; changes in growth of body hair; or increased sweating.

This is not a complete list of the side effects recorded with the use of this treatment. For a more detailed list, refer to the leaflet provided.

Taking it with other medicines

Let your doctor know which, if any, treatments you are currently using during consultation.

Conditions to look out for

It is not suitable for use by those who have symptoms related to the following: rosacea; perioral dermatitis; tuberculosis; syphilis; bacterial infection of the skin which primarily causes spots or boils; cold sores or chickenpox; or a fungal infection of the skin.

Your doctor needs to know if you have any conditions at all which may affect your ability to use this medication.

Pregnancy and breastfeeding

Talk to your doctor for advice before using Fucidin H if you are pregnant, breastfeeding or trying to conceive.

Driving and using machinery

Do not drive or operate machinery if you notice any side effects which may make doing so unsafe.

Page last reviewed:  31/08/2020
Please read the patient information leaflet for this medicine fully before use:

Fucidin H Cream 2%/1%


Can I still drink alcohol?

This product contains an antibiotic ingredient. Ask your doctor for advice before taking this medication and consuming alcohol.

Will I still be able to drive?

Yes. Your capacity to drive safely should not be inhibited by the use of this medicine.

Can I take the medicine while pregnant?

It may not be suitable for those who are pregnant or breastfeeding. Consult your doctor in these cases, as they may wish to prescribe an alternative treatment.

How should I store it?

Store it in a safe environment at a temperature below 30 ̊C and out of the reach of children.

Am I allergic to anything in the medicine?

This product contains: fusidic acid, hydrocortisone, butylhydroxyanisole (E320), cetyl alcohol, glycerol, liquid paraffin, potassium sorbate, polysorbate 60, all-rac-α-tocopherol, water and white soft paraffin.

Do not use it if you are allergic to any of these substances.

Is it available over-the-counter?

You will need a prescription in order to be able to buy Fucidin H. This is so that a doctor can make sure it is safe for you prior to use.

Is it right for me?

Fucidin H is for cases of infected eczema. If you have eczema symptoms but have not used treatment for them before, make an appointment with your GP. They will be able to issue a prescription treatment as required.

Please note that this item is not available through our pharmacy.

Page last reviewed:  31/08/2020
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