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Hydrocortisone - Indications, Dosage, Side Effects and Precautions

Written & Compiled by Anushta Chandrapalan, M.Sc  | Medically Reviewed by The Medindia Medical Review Team
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Information about Hydrocortisone

Generic Name : Hydrocortisone
Pronunciation : hye droe kor' ti sone
Latest prescription information about Hydrocortisone. Learn how to pronounce the drug's name, its indications, dosage, how to take, when to take, when not to take, side effects, special precautions, warnings and its storage instructions . Also listed are the International and Indian trade name(s) of the drug and its price list.
ICD Code : Y53.9 | Therapeutic Classification : Anorectal Preparations
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Trade Names/Brand Names of Hydrocortisone

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Why is Hydrocortisone Prescribed? (Indications)

This medication is a corticosteroid, prescribed for severe allergies, arthritis, asthma, multiple sclerosis and skin conditions.  It is also used to treat certain types of cancer.

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When should Hydrocortisone not be taken? (Contraindications)

Contraindicated in patients with systemic fungal infection, who are taking mifepristone and hypersensitivity.

What is the dosage of Hydrocortisone?

IV- The recommended dose is 20mg per day.

How should Hydrocortisone be taken?

It comes as a solution for injection to be administered by a healthcare provider into the vein.

What are the warnings and precautions for Hydrocortisone?

• Caution should be exercised in patients with history of liver, kidney, intestinal, or heart disease, diabetes, underactive thyroid gland, high blood pressure, mental illness, myasthenia gravis, osteoporosis, herpes eye infection, seizures, tuberculosis (TB), ulcers, any allergy, who are taking other medications, during pregnancy and breastfeeding.

It may cause dizziness, do not drive a car or operate machinery while taking this medication.

Avoid contact with people who have infections.

It may cause unusual changes in vision; if it is so consult with your doctor.

It may affect blood sugar; monitor blood sugar level regularly while taking this medication.

What are the side effects of Hydrocortisone?

   Fluid and Electrolyte Disturbances : Sodium retention, fluid retention, heart failure, high blood pressure and potassium loss.
   Musculoskeletal : Muscle weakness, loss of muscle mass, joint inflammation, vertebral compression fractures and cell death in thighbone.
   Gastrointestinal : Peptic ulcer, stomach bleeding, abdominal distention and ulcerative esophagus.
   Skin : Impaired wound healing, facial redness and increased sweating.
   Central Nervous System : Convulsions, stroke, vertigo and headache.
   Genitourinary : Menstrual irregularities, development of Cushingoid state and suppression of growth in pediatric patients.
   Eye : Increased eye pressure and protruding eyeball.

What are the other precautions for Hydrocortisone?

Avoid alcohol consumption.

What are the storage conditions for Hydrocortisone?

Keep this medication out of the reach of children. Store it according to the package directions.


Schedule : H
Prescription drugs - Drugs to be sold only under the prescription of a Registered Medical Practitioner.



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