Hydrocortisone is a steroid medicine used to treat and prevent a variety of conditions that involve inflammation. It is also used to replace natural steroids if your body cannot produce enough.
Take hydrocortisone regularly as directed. Take with food and a glass of water.
Take the missed dose as soon as possible. If it is close to the time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and carry on as normal. Do not take two doses at the same time.
Some medicines available without a prescription may react with hydrocortisone including:
Tell your pharmacist or doctor about all medicines or treatments that you may be taking, including vitamins, herbal products or recreational drugs.
|Side Effects||Recommended action|
Changes in vision
Peeing more often, feeling thirsty
Muscle or bone aches and pains
|Tell your doctor|
Mood changes, restlessness, trouble sleeping
Weight gain, swollen feet or legs
Skin thinning, acne
|Tell your doctor if troublesome|
|Take with food and tell your doctor if symptoms persist|
If you notice any other effects, discuss them with your doctor or pharmacist.
This leaflet contains important, but not all, information about this medicine.
Prepared by the PILs Committee at Christchurch Hospital, Canterbury District Health Board, New Zealand. December 2018
For more general information about this sheet annd its contents, see: What does a My Medicines sheet cover?
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My Medicines Patient Information Leaflets (PILs) contain important, but not all, information about the medicines they describe.
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My Medicines is developed by a team at the Canterbury District Health Board. Our team is made up of doctors, pharmacists, and a non-medical person to help us keep to plain language. We also discuss our information with specialist health professionals or groups when needed