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Most Commonly Used

Hydrocortisone 2.5% Cream
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Hydrocortisone 1% Cream
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Hydrocortisone 25mg Rect Supp
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Hydrocortisone 2.5% Oint
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Hydrocortisone 5mg Tab
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Pill Identification: CORTEF 5 
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Common Side Effects of Hydrocortisone
Before you start taking oral hydrocortisone, be sure to tell your doctor if you have any allergies or medical conditions. If you have a fungal infection that is not on your skin, you shouldn't take oral hydrocortisone unless your doctor tells you to. Before you start taking hydrocortisone, also give your doctor a thorough list of any medicines you are taking, because they may interact with hydrocortisone. Don't forget to mention any over-the-counter medicines and herbal supplements.

Tell your doctor if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or breast-feeding before you begin a hydrocortisone prescription. Also tell your doctor how much alcohol you typically consume. When you are taking oral hydrocortisone, your internal organs are more likely to be irritated by alcohol, aspirin, and certain medicines used to treat arthritis. This may make it more likely that you will develop a hydrocortisone-related ulcer.

Some patients who have taken oral hydrocortisone have experienced side effects such as gastrointestinal problems (including nausea or vomiting), headaches, dizziness, insomnia, mood changes, acne, increased hair growth, bruising, and menstrual irregularities. Tell your doctor if you have side effects that are severe or last a long time when taking hydrocortisone. Call your doctor immediately if you develop a skin rash, swelling in your face or lower body, vision problems, a lasting cold or infection, muscle weakness, or black tarry stool while taking hydrocortisone.

Don't stop taking oral hydrocortisone without telling your doctor. Stopping hydrocortisone suddenly can produce side effects such as vomiting, confusion, headaches, and joint pain, among others. If you take oral hydrocortisone for a long time, your doctor may want to wean you off it slowly.

If you miss a dose of hydrocortisone, take it as soon as you remember, unless it's close to the time you take your next hydrocortisone dose. In this case, skip the missed hydrocortisone dose and resume your regular schedule.