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Composition for ICORT


food interaction for ICORT

alcohol interaction for ICORT

pregnancy interaction for ICORT

lactation interaction for ICORT

It is better to take Icort tablet with food.
Interaction with alcohol is unknown. Please consult your doctor.
Icort tablet may be unsafe to use during pregnancy.
Either animal studies have shown adverse effect on fetus and there are no human studies or studies in human and animals are not available. It should be given only if potential benefits justifies risk to the fetus. Please consult your doctor.
Icort tablet is probably safe to use during breastfeeding. Please consult your doctor.




It is used as a cream to treat mild to moderate inflammatory skin disorders such as mild to moderate eczema (itchy skin rash)contact dermatitis (e.g. after contact with certain plants, cosmetics, irritants like detergents), insect bite reactions. Orally it is used to reduce pain, swelling and inflammation and to reduce the body's immune response. In general this drug is used to treat hormonal conditions when the body does not produce enough of its own steroids, and to treat a range of immune and allergic conditions. Icort tablet is used as an injection for treating various conditions such as severe allergic reactions, arthritis, blood diseases, breathing problems, certain cancers, eye diseases, intestinal disorders, and skin diseases. The injectable form of Icort tablet is used when a similar drug cannot be taken by mouth or when a very fast treatment is needed, especially in patients with severe medical conditions. This drug may also be used with other medications as a replacement for certain hormones.

How it works

Icort tablet belongs to a group of medicines called corticosteroids. It prevents and treats the allergic and inflammatory reactions by decreasing the number of blood cells that cause inflammation and allergy. 

Common side effects

Vomiting, Nausea, Acne, Allergic skin rash, Anxiety, Blue colour of skin, Purple colour of skin, Depression, Easy bruise, Eye pain, Fragile skin, Dizziness, Headache, Increased hair growth, Increased sweating, Insomnia, Irregular menstrual cycle, Mood changes, Muscle pain, Skin redness, Vision disorder, Weakness


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Expert advice for ICORT

Do not use these medicine: 
  • if you are allergic to hydrocortisone or any of the other ingredients in this medicine.
  • on broken or infected skin.
  • on the face or near your eyes.
  • on the anal or genital areas.
  • if you are pregnant.
Do not apply plasters or dressings over the cream. Do not use on children under 10 years, unless your doctor tells you to. Do not use for a duration more than that is prescribed by your doctor, especially in children.
Do consult your doctor, if the skin condition does not improve after application at prescribed dose and duration. The injection can  may make you dizzy.
Do not drive, use machinery, or do any activity that requires alertness until you are sure you can perform such activities safely.The injection may mask signs of infection or put you at greater risk of developing very serious infections. Report to your doctor any injuries or signs of infection (e.g., persistent sore throat/cough/fever, pain during urination, muscle aches) that occur while using this medication or within 12 months after stopping it.

Frequently asked questions for ICORT


Q. Is hydrocortisone safe?
Hydrocortisone belongs to a class of medications called corticosteroids. Hydrocortisone is safe when used at prescribed dose and duration as advised by your doctor.
Q. Is hydrocortisone same as cortisone, cort stim, cort s?
Cort s is proprietary (brand) name of hydrocortisone injection. Cortisone is other name of hydrocortisone. Cort stim is contracted (short) form for cortisol stimulation test.
Q. Is hydrocortisone good for ringworm, cold sores, haemorrhoids, scars or burns?
No. Hydrocortisone is contraindicated in any condition where the skin is infected or inflamed.
Q. Does hydrocortisone help in eczema, acne, hives, dry skin and thrush?
Hydrocortisone relieves the itching associated with eczema and local swelling and itching associated with hives. It should not be used in acne, dry skin and thrush.
Q. Can I take ibuprofen, Tylenol or Benadryl with hydrocortisone?
NSAIDs like ibuprofen, Tylenol (acetaminophen), Benadryl (paracetamol, diphenhydramine, and phenylephrine) should not be taken if hydrocortisone is being taken orally. There is however little chance of interaction between hydrocortisone for local application and other drugs which are taken orally. Always follow the advice of the doctor regarding use of hydrocortisone ointment/cream and other medications.


Content on this page was last updated on 08 October, 2015, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)