Hydrocortisone Cream 1% 15g
- Used to reduce inflammation in a variety of inflammatory skin conditions, such as:• Mild to moderate eczema• Dermatitis caused by irritants or allergens• Insect bite reactions
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Hydrocortisone Cream is a smooth white cream for application to the skin only. It contains hydrocortisone
which belongs to a group of medicines called corticosteroids. Hydrocortisone Cream is used to reduce
inflammation in a variety of inflammatory skin conditions, such as:
• mild to moderate eczema
• dermatitis caused by irritants or allergens
• insect bite reactions
Hydrocortisone should not be confused with anabolic steroids, used by some body builders and taken as
tablets or injections.
Like all medicines, Hydrocortisone Cream can cause side effects, although not everybody gets them.
You may notice the following:
• rash, itchy skin, swelling of the lips, eyes, tongue, or difficulty in breathing may be signs of an
allergic reaction. Stop using Hydrocortisone Cream immediately.
• ‘stretch marks’ may appear, especially in skin folds such as the groin or armpits.
Reporting of side effects:
If you get any side effects, talk to your doctor or pharmacist. This includes any possible side effects not listed
in this leaflet. You can also report side effects directly via the Yellow Card Scheme:
www.mhra.gov.uk/yellowcard or search for MHRA Yellow Card in the Google Play or Apple App Store. By
reporting side effects you can help provide more information on the safety of this medicine.
Before taking any medication, it is important to read the Patient Information Leaflet. You can find information leaflets for your medicines by typing them into the search bar at medicines.org, or by contacting us.
Always use this medicine exactly as instructed in this leaflet. Check with your doctor or pharmacist if you are not sure.
Do not exceed the stated dose.
Not for use by children under 10 years of age without medical advice.
For application to the surface of the skin only:
1. Wash your hands thoroughly before use.
2. Apply the cream sparingly to the affected area, once or twice a day for a maximum of 7 days.
Massage the cream gently into the affected area to help absorption into the skin.
3. Once applied, do not cover the area with a dressing or plaster.
If the condition has not improved after 7 days, or worsens, consult your doctor.
If you use more Hydrocortisone Cream than you should
If you or a child accidentally swallow the cream, contact your doctor or nearest hospital immediately. Take the
packet with you to help identification.
If you forget to use Hydrocortisone Cream
If you miss a treatment, apply the cream as soon as you remember, and apply the remaining doses for that
day at evenly spaced intervals.
If you have any further questions on the use of this product, ask your doctor or pharmacist.
Do not use Hydrocortisone Cream:
• if you are allergic to hydrocortisone or any of the other ingredients of this medicine (listed in section 6).
• if you have a bacterial infection (e.g. impetigo), viral infection (e.g. cold sores ‘herpes simplex’,
chicken pox) or fungal infection (e.g. tinea, also called ‘athlete’s foot’, ringworm or thrush) of the skin.
• on your face or near your eyes, on the anal or genital region, or on broken skin.
Take special care with Hydrocortisone Cream
Hydrocortisone Cream is not suitable for use in the following:
• allergic skin reactions including temporary red or raised areas on your skin (short lived ‘wheal and
• conditions involving the deeper skin layers, such as granulomas
• psoriasis (long term scaly skin condition); only use this product on medical advice and with careful
supervision by your doctor.
Do not cover the area with a plaster or dressing of any kind after application of Hydrocortisone Cream.
Take great care to apply the cream sparingly to the skin of infants or children, especially in the nappy area
which can be covered for long periods. Covering the treated area can increase absorption. Treatment for
infants must not exceed 7 days.
Do not apply the product to your face for long periods of time.
Other medicines and Hydrocortisone Cream
Please tell your doctor if you are taking or have recently taken any other medicines, including medicines
obtained without a prescription.
Pregnancy and breast-feeding
Tell your doctor if you are or may be pregnant. Ask your doctor for advice before taking any medicine during
pregnancy. There is a very small risk of abnormalities in the unborn child if this product is used during
pregnancy. If you are breast-feeding, do not apply the product to your chest area
Keep out of the sight and reach of children. Do not store above 25˚C. Store in the original package and keep
the tube in the outer carton. Do not use Hydrocortisone Cream after the expiry date which is stated on the
tube/carton. Medicines should not be disposed of via wastewater or household waste. Ask your pharmacist
how to dispose of medicines no longer required. These measures will help to protect the environment.
Hydrocortisone Cream contains chlorocresol and cetostearyl alcohol
• chlorocresol - may cause allergic reactions
• cetomacrogol emulsifying wax - which contains cetostearyl alcohol - may cause local skin
reactions (e.g. contact dermatitis).
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