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Hydrocortisone / Oxytetracycline

Terra-Cortril ointment, made by Alliance, uses hydrocortisone and oxytetracycline to treat eczema. The topical medication kills bacteria and reduces inflammation to improve symptoms.

This product is not available through our site. If you would like to know more about this item, speak to your GP.

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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.

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01 June 2021
dr daniel

Dr Daniel Atkinson

(GP Clinical Lead - GMC No. 4624794) 01 June 2021
Product information

Terra-Cortril ointment is manufactured by Alliance Pharmaceuticals and combines two active ingredients in order to combat eczema symptoms. Oxytetracycline is a tetracycline antibiotic that kills infections caused by bacteria. Hydrocortisone is from the group of medicines known as corticosteroids and is used to reduced skin inflammation. You can only buy Terra-Cortril ointment on prescription.

  1. Easy-to-apply topical ointment
  2. Contains two active ingredients
  3. Fights inflammation

Eczema, or dermatitis, is a common skin condition affecting one in twelve adults in the UK. It is characterised by red, dry, thickened and inflamed patches of skin which can be painful and itchy. They tend to develop in specific areas of the body such as the scalp, knees, elbows, cheeks, hands and neck. More extreme cases can also produce weeping and crusty areas or lumps and blisters.

Our skin naturally produces a combination of fats and oils in order to retain moisture. When the skin’s ability to make these substances is impaired it becomes prone to drying out. When dry, the skin can be irritated by certain triggers; including soap, detergents, foods, cold or damp weather, clothing material and hormones. Scratching the itchy and sore areas can cause open wounds which leave the body susceptible to infection. To try and prevent this from happening those with eczema should keep their nails short and wear thin, loose layers of clothing.

There is no cure for this chronic condition and it can cause other health problems such as infections, difficulty sleeping and psychological issues. People with eczema can go through periods where the symptoms are not as noticeable but also phases where the symptoms flare up. Some cases can improve over time and even resolve completely, although this is fairly rare. Terra-Cortril treatment is available to buy and can help ease the frustrating symptoms of eczema.

Terra-Cortril ointment is absorbed directly into the skin and works by killing off bacteria cells by stopping them from being able to reproduce. It also decreases the release of certain chemicals in the skin which widen the blood vessels in an inflammatory reaction. By killing bacteria and preventing inflammation the unpleasant eczema symptoms can be reduced.

Please note that we do not provide this medication through our service. We recommend speaking to your GP if you would like to know more about this treatment, or renew your prescription for it.


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You should only use this treatment as your doctor has advised you.

  1. Thoroughly clean the affected skin.
  2. Apply a small amount of ointment to the affected area and gently rub in. 
  3. Wash your hands after use. 
  4. Repeat application between two and four times a day. 
  5. If there is an infection present, then the ointment can be applied using a sterile gauze. 
  6. If no improvement is seen within one week, go back to your doctor.

If you need more information on how to use Terra-Cortril, please see the provided patient information leaflet.

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Please read the patient information leaflet for this medicine fully before use:

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Side effects & Warnings

Side effects

All medications come with the chance of developing side effects. If you feel as though you may be experiencing an allergic reaction then you should immediately check with your doctor or pharmacist. Symptoms might include: difficulty breathing; swollen eyelids, face or lips; or itchy red spots.

Taking it with other medicines

It is not thought that Terra-Cortril interacts with any other medications. If you have any concerns you should raise them with your doctor or prescriber.

Conditions to look out for

It is important that you fully disclose the details of your past medical history during assessment with a doctor. This way the doctor can accurately check whether this medication is suitable for you to use. You may be advised not to use this treatment if you have a skin infection causing yellow crusting and blisters.

Pregnancy and breastfeeding

Do not use Terra-Cortril and speak to your doctor if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, or trying to conceive.

Driving and using machinery

This treatment is unlikely to inhibit your capacity to drive or use machines.

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Please read the patient information leaflet for this medicine fully before use:

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Can I still drink alcohol?

Yes. Using Terra-Cortril ointment should not interact with alcohol.

Will I still be able to drive?

Yes. It is unlikely that this product will alter your ability to drive or operate machinery.

Can I take the medicine while pregnant?

No. Talk to your doctor for advice if you are pregnant, trying to conceive or are breastfeeding.

How should I store it?

Keep out of sight and reach of children and store under 25°C.

Am I allergic to anything in the medicine?

You should not use this product if you are allergic to any of the following ingredients: oxytetracycline; hydrocortisone; liquid paraffin or white soft paraffin.

Is it available over-the-counter?

To buy Terra-Cortril from our online pharmacy, you need a prescription. This is so that a doctor can ensure it is suitable for you.

Is it right for me?

Your doctor will be able to help you find the right treatment if you have eczema symptoms, and are seeking treatment for the first time.

Terra-Cortril is not available through our service currently. If you need to renew your prescription for this item, we recommend you see your GP in person.

Page last reviewed:  01/06/2021
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