Hydrocortisone

  • Hydrocortisone

Hydrocortisone is a medication used in skin conditions such as eczema. It is a type of drug known as a corticosteroid.

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This cream contains 0.5 percent hydrocortisone and is used as directed by your prescriber.

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Hydrocortisone is a generic cream used to medicate certain skin conditions, such as eczema, and is made by Actavis. It works by reducing the inflammatory response in the body responsible for the condition, thereby alleviating irritation and redness. The cream is a corticosteroid, and is applied to the region displaying symptoms two or three times per day, usually for no longer than one week. Hydrocortisone is only available to buy from our pharmacy after completion of our online consultation.

  1. Available as a topical cream
  2. Fights eczema symptoms 
  3. Helps to reduce skin irritation

Eczema is a condition which affects the skin, causing it to become very dry. It tends to be chronic in nature, going through periods of flare-up and remission. Symptoms include redness, irritation, itching, and cracks in the skin. At present, there is no cure for the condition, but treatment can help to alleviate symptoms.

No-one really knows why eczema occurs. Because it is often associated with allergic illnesses like asthma and hayfever, many experts believe that it is linked to the immune system overreacting and sending inflammatory chemicals to the affected region. Triggers include contact with irritants in shampoos and soaps, pollen, and sometimes even certain types of food. Fluctuating hormone levels can also set symptoms off.

Emollients can help to provide relief. However, in some cases where over-the-counter products are not sufficient, prescription treatment might be necessary. Hydrocortisone is one such type. This works by countering the effects of inflammatory chemicals responsible for causing symptoms, and calming irritation in the affected area.

Please note that we only provide treatment for eczema on a renewal basis, to patients who are already using treatment under the instruction of their GP. If you have eczema symptoms and are seeking treatment for the first time, you should see your doctor for a face-to-face consultation.

Our service is ideal for those looking to buy repeat medication online safely. In addition to offering a secure and confidential consultation service staffed by registered practitioners, we also provide a reliable prescription renewal facility, which allows you to have your medication delivered to your door when yours is due to run out. All you need to do is take our short questionnaire, and your answers will be reviewed by a qualified physician. Following approval, your medication will be dispensed by our UK pharmacy and shipped to your door via secure next-day courier.

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How to use Hydrocortisone

It is vital to follow the directions issued by your prescriber when taking this cream, and also to read the guidelines in the patient information leaflet carefully. This will help you to reduce the likelihood of side effects and maximise the efficacy of the medication.

  1. Apply as instructed.
  2. This will usually be a thin layer of cream applied to the affected area two to three times per day, for no longer than a week.
  3. Never exceed the prescribed amount.
  4. If you forget to take it, you can do so when you remember provided your next dose is not due soon. If it is, skip the one you have missed and take the next dose as scheduled.

The above is intended only as a guide. For more detailed instructions, please refer to those provided in the leaflet supplied.

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Hydrocortisone side effects

Inform your doctor if you notice any signs of: an allergic reaction, which may include swelling of the face, lips, tongue or throat, or difficulty breathing or swallowing; change in the colour of the skin; increased growth of hair in areas where the cream is used; localised rash or irritation.

More details on side effects can be found in the leaflet provided.

Taking it with other medicines

Let your doctor know if you are using any other treatments.

Conditions to look out for

This product should not be used by persons who have: a skin condition caused by an infection not being treated with appropriate medication; scabies; rosacea; or dermatitis in the facial region.

Pregnancy and breastfeeding

Speak to your doctor before using this product if you are pregnant, become pregnant, are trying to conceive or are breastfeeding.

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Can I still drink alcohol?

It is not likely that alcohol will directly influence the function of this product.

Will I still be able to drive?

Yes. This item is not likely to affect your ability to drive safely.

Can I use this medicine while pregnant?

It may not be. If you are pregnant, breastfeeding or planning to become pregnant, let your doctor know before using this medication.

How do I store it?

Keep it in a safe place below 25°C out of the reach of children.

Am I allergic to anything in the medicine?

In this medication are the following ingredients: hydrocortisone, chlorocresol, cetomacrogol, cetostearyl alcohol and paraffin.

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

Is it available over-the-counter?

To buy hydrocortisone from our UK-based pharmacy, you will need to first consult with one of our registered practitioners. This is so that they can make sure that this product is suitable for you to use.

Is it right for me?

It depends on what your GP decides. If you have not used eczema treatment before, you should see your GP so that they can have a look at the symptoms you have, and decide on a suitable course of treatment.

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