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    Information about Hydrocortisone

    Hydrocortisone uses

    Hydrocortisone is used in the treatment of severe allergic reactions, allergic conditions, cancer, skin disorders, eye disorders and asthma.

    How hydrocortisone works

    Hydrocortisone is a steroid which works by blocking the production of certain chemical messengers in the body that cause inflammation (redness and swelling) and allergies.

    Common side effects of hydrocortisone

    Injection site reactions (pain, swelling, redness), Increased risk of infection, Weight gain, Mood changes
    Content Details
    Written By
    Dr. Love Sharma
    PhD (Pharmacology), PGDPRA
    Reviewed By
    Dr. Varun Gupta
    MD (Pharmacology), MBBS
    Last updated on:
    27 Dec 2019 | 01:08 PM (IST)
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    Expert advice for Hydrocortisone

    • Hydrocortisone helps treat inflammation, severe allergies, flare-ups of ongoing illnesses, and many other medical problems that require either reduction of inflammation or suppression of the immune system.
    • Do not use it more often or for longer than advised by your doctor.
    • Take it with food to avoid an upset stomach.
    • Hydrocortisone can make it harder for you to fight off infections. Notify your doctor if you have any signs of infection such as a fever or sore throat.
    • Side effects such as mood changes or stomach problems can happen when you start taking Hydrocortisone. Inform your doctor if this bothers you.
    • Do not stop taking Hydrocortisone suddenly without talking to your doctor first as it may worsen your symptoms.

    Content on this page was last updated on 27 December, 2019, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)