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What is Hydrocortisone?
Hydrocortisone is a corticosteroid type of medication that is similar to a natural hormone produced in the adrenal glands and is generally used as replacement therapy when your body does not make enough of it. The medication works by modifying the bodyís response to certain stimulation and decreasing tissues and the immune systemís response to inflammation. It can be used to treat a variety of conditions caused by low hydrocortisone levels such as Addisonís disease, allergies, arthritis, asthma, multiple sclerosis, skin and eye conditions and even certain types of cancer.
How is Hydrocortisone used?
Hydrocortisone is usually taken orally 1 to 3 times per day or as directed by a doctor. To prevent an upset stomach the tablets should be taken with some food along with a full glass of water. Contact a doctor for the correct dosage and length of treatment as it will depend on the condition being treated and the patientís response to the therapy. Do not discontinue the treatment without consulting a doctor as abruptly stopping the medication may cause severe withdrawal symptoms.
Patients using Hydrocortisone may encounter unwanted side effects such as:
- Dizziness or lightheadedness
- Upset stomach
- Increased sweating
Contact a doctor immediately should side effects persists or encounter more severe side effects such as:
- Vision problems
- Irregular or absent menstrual periods
- Swollen face, legs or ankles
- Muscle weakness
- Mental or mood changes
- Sleep disturbances
Immediately proceed to your nearest emergency department if you suffer an allergic reaction. Symptoms usually associated with such a reaction include difficulty breathing or swallowing, chest tightness, swelling, skin rashes, and hives.
Hydrocortisone is not always suitable for all patients. Always consult your health care provider prior to using this medication if you are pregnant, breastfeeding, trying to conceive, using any other medication (prescription or non-prescription), using any herbal products or supplements, or if you have any allergies or other health problems.
The correct dosage and prescription commonly depend on the patient and the condition being treated. Do not adjust your dosage without the approval of your health care provider. This product is only for use as prescribed and instructed.