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What is Hydrocortisone?
Hydrocortisone is a man made version of cortisol, a corticosteroid hormone normally produced by the adrenal glands. The medication should be used by patients diagnosed with Addisonís disease, a condition where the body does not produce enough corticosteroid. The medication can help reduce symptoms such as pain, swelling and allergic reactions in patients with certain forms of arthritis, asthma, skin, blood, kidney, eye, thyroid and intestinal disorders. Some patients may also use the drug to treat certain types of cancer.
How is Hydrocortisone used?
Hydrocortisone is usually taken orally 1 to 4 times per day or as otherwise directed by a doctor. To prevent an upset stomach take the medication with some food or a 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:
- Upset stomach
- Weight gain
Contact a doctor immediately should side effects persist or encounter more severe side effects such as:
- Vision problems
- Swollen face, legs or ankles
- Muscle weakness
- Mental or mood changes
- Menstrual 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.