Hydrocortisone 1% Cream 5 gm

  • Hydrocortisone 1% Cream 5 gm contains Hydrocortisone as an active ingredient.
  • Hydrocortisone 1% Cream 5 gm is used to treat a variety of skin conditions (e.g., insect bites,eczema, dermatitis, allergies and rash)
  • Hydrocortisone 1% Cream 5 gm reduces the swelling, itching, and redness that can occur in these types of conditions. 
  • Wash and dry your hands before using. Clean and dry the affected area.
  • Apply a small amount of medication to the affected area and gently rub in, usually up to 4 times a day or as directed by your doctor.
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Type

Cream – Tube

Feature

1%

Unit

gm

Formula

Hydrocortisone

Composition

Hydrocortisone 1 %

Brand

Zafa Pharmaceutical Laboratories (Pvt) Ltd

Prescription Required

Yes

How to use, Side effects, Uses, Formula & Composition

Overview 

Hydrocortisone 1% Cream 5 gm belongs to a class of topical medicines that is Steroids and is prescribed for the treatment of several inflammatory skin conditions causing redness, swelling, and itching. Hydrocortisone 1% Cream 5 gm is available in the form of cream, meant for external use only. 

How Does Hydrocortisone 1% Cream 5 gm Work

Hydrocortisone 1% Cream 5 gm work by interfering with the production of inflammation-causing chemicals, by inhibiting the production pathways of these chemicals like interleukins. By preventing the inflammatory mediators from carrying out the process, Hydrocortisone 1% Cream 5 gm can aid in the reduction of inflammation, swelling, and pain experienced by the patient. 

Dosing and Indications

Hydrocortisone 1% Cream 5 gm can be used to treat:

  • Dermatitis 
  • Eczema 
  • Inflammatory dermatoses 
  • Neurodermatitis

Adult Dose

A small amount of Hydrocortisone 1% Cream 5 gm taken out on fingertips is rubbed over just enough to cover the affected area and applied externally 2 to 3 times a day. It should form a thin even coat.

Child Dose

Smaller amounts should be applied to a child’s body due to height and physique differences in thin coats over the affected area.

Elderly Dose

Regarding the dosage for the elderly, caution should be advised, and follow your doctor’s prescription. 

How To Use Hydrocortisone 1% Cream 5 gm

Hydrocortisone 1% Cream 5 gm is available in the form of cream meant for external use only to be applied topically with clean hands after cleaning the affected area properly and gently drying afterward. Hydrocortisone 1% Cream 5 gm is safe for use in adults and children both as directed by the doctor. A small amount of {{product} is taken out on fingertips and gently rub it in to form a thin, even coat over the affected area. Wash your hands after application and avoid wrapping the area with a bandage so as not to wipe it out. 

Side Effects

Inform your healthcare supervisor immediately if you experience any of the following symptoms:

  •  Anaphylactic reaction
  • Itching
  • Redness
  • Dryness of skin 
  • Flaky skin
  • Tingling/ burning sensation at the site of application
  • Headache 
  • Blurred vision
  • Dizziness 
  • Blistering
  • Adrenal suppression (when used in large amounts for longer periods)
  • Temporary exacerbation of symptoms
  • High intraocular pressure in eyes (if used in large amounts / near the eye)
  • Conjunctivitis 

Contraindications

Please tell your doctor if you have a history of any of the following before using Hydrocortisone 1% Cream 5 gm:

  • As monotherapy in primary bacterial infections of the skin 
  • Allergy to Hydrocortisone 1% Cream 5 gm 
  • Skin lesions due to viral infection (for example herpes)
  • Skin lesions due to fungal infection (for example athlete’s foot)
  • Perioral dermatitis (around the mouth)

Precautions

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  • If there is a history of allergy to medicines
  • Hydrocortisone 1% Cream 5 gm may initially cause itching, redness, or dryness of the skin
  • Make sure to wash your hands thoroughly after application, avoid getting ‌Hydrocortisone 1% Cream 5 gm in your eyes
  • Do not use ‌Hydrocortisone 1% Cream 5 gm for long durations, if there is no noticeable difference in your condition after a week contact your doctor
  • If ‌Hydrocortisone 1% Cream 5 gm was prescribed for prolonged use by the doctor, it may put you at risk of infections or slow wound healing due to immunosuppression, take precautions accordingly 
  • Avoid applying to open wounds or cracked skin except if advised by the doctor
  • Avoid applying to sensitive parts like inside the nose, mouth or around the mouth, genitals 
  • In case you are pregnant or trying to conceive, discuss with your doctor the safety of this cream 
  • In the case of breastfeeding, also discuss it with a doctor. Avoid applying it on your breasts

Interactions With Other Medications

Always provide correct information to the doctor about all the drugs that you are currently taking. Following drugs may interact with Hydrocortisone 1% Cream 5 gm, a few of which are:

  • Other skin medications (you can apply such drugs at different times)
  • Cosmetics (may decrease the efficacy)
  • Skin products that might irritate the skin

FAQs

#1. HOW TO STORE Hydrocortisone 1% Cream 5 gm?

Hydrocortisone 1% Cream 5 gm is to be kept away from the reach of children, in a cool dry place above 25°C,  away from direct sunlight and humidity as that tends to change the chemical nature of certain drugs.

#2. What If I Use Too Much Of Hydrocortisone 1% Cream 5 gm?

 In case of excessive usage or accidental ingestion, kindly contact your doctor or nearby hospital right away. The amount of medication that can result in severe side effects varies from person to person. Toxicity results in slowing down of heart rate and difficulty breathing accompanied by dizziness and fainting spells.

#3. Can I Use Other Skincare Products Alongside Hydrocortisone 1% Cream 5 gm?

In case you want to use other skin creams or ointments, make sure you use those products at different times. Avoid applying make-up as well while using Hydrocortisone 1% Cream 5 gm on the face

#4. Can I Take Hydrocortisone 1% Cream 5 gm During My Pregnancy?

Firstly, ascertain the safety of this medicine with a doctor. If prescribed Hydrocortisone 1% Cream 5 gm should not be used for long periods in pregnancy due to potentially harmful effects on the unborn baby. Breastfeeding mothers should practice caution and avoid applying cream on or near breasts. 

#5. How Long Will I Have to Continue Taking the Medication?

It may be used two to three times a day. Treatment can last up to 2 weeks depending on your condition and response to the cream. However, it should not be used in large quantities or for longer periods. 

#6. Can I Go Outside After Applying Hydrocortisone 1% Cream 5 gm?

Try to apply the cream when at home but if it is necessary to step outside make sure to protect your skin from direct sun with a protective shade.