Hydrocortisone

Other Names

Cortef® (There may be other names for this medication.)

How is it Administered?

This medication is available as a pill, which is taken by mouth, or an injection into the muscle (intramuscular/IM) or vein (intravenous/IV). (Hydrocortisone eye drops, ointment, lotion, and cream may be used as local treatments for eye and skin problems.)

Why am I Taking Hydrocortisone?

This drug is a corticosteroid, similar to a natural hormone produced by your adrenal glands. It relieves inflammation (swelling, heat, redness, and pain) and is used to treat many conditions, including certain types of cancer.

What Should I Tell My Doctor Before I Begin Receiving Hydrocortisone?

Tell your doctor if you:

  • have had an allergic reaction to hydrocortisone, aspirin, or tartrazine (a yellow dye in some processed foods and drugs)
  • have or have ever had liver, kidney, intestinal, or heart disease; diabetes; an underactive thyroid gland; high blood pressure; mental illness; myasthenia gravis; osteoporosis; herpes eye infection; seizures; tuberculosis (TB); or ulcers

This drug may interact with other medications or cause harmful side effects. Tell your doctor and pharmacist about all prescription or over-the-counter medications, vitamins, herbal, or diet supplements that you are taking.

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