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Hydrocortisone/ betamethasone

What is the difference between hydrocortisone valerate and betamethasone valerate? I know they are both used for rash and inflammation, but when will a physician choose one over the other? -Isabel
by Isabel Lopera in ny, 03/09/2006


my husband had a sunburn and we put some hydrocortisone creme on it w/in 2 days his back broke out and redness in raised bumps. we are pretty sure that its what its from but not sure since he was working out in our yard
by susy in us, 05/12/2007

Prevex HC 1% Hydrocortisone cream

Is Prevex HC 1% Hydrocortisone cream safe to use when you are pregnant? Thank you.
by kim in Canada, 08/10/2006

IV hydrocortisone

I recently had extensive abdominal surgery......i also have addsions disease......during surgery and after surgery was given 100mg IV push(200mg total) along with my daily 40mg of oral hydrocortisone i became puffy but not extensively........how long ...
by deborah in massachusetts, 07/13/2006


Hydrocortisone (Hydrocortone, Cort-Dome)
Cortisol (Hydrocortone, Cort-Dome)
(hy-droh- KOR-tih-zohn)
Pregnancy Category: C (topical and dental products) Parenteral: Sterile Hydrocortisone Suspension. Rectal: Dermolate Anal-Itch Cortenema Proctocort ProctoCream.HC 2.5% Rectocort . Retention Enema: Cortenema Hycort Rectocort . Roll-on Applicator: Cortaid FastStick Maximum Strength Cortaid Faststick Tablets: Cortef Hydrocortone. Topical Cream: Ala-Cort Allercort Alphaderm Bactine Cortate Cort-Dome Cortifair Dermacort DermiCort Dermolate Anti-Itch Dermtex HC Emo-Cort H 2Cort Hi-Cor 1.0 and 2.5 Hydro-Tex Hytone Nutracort Penecort Prevex HC Synacort. Topical Gel: Extra Strength CortaGel Topical Liquid: Scalpicin T/Scalp Topical Lotion: Acticort 100 Ala-Cort Ala-Scalp Allercort Aquacort Cetacort Cortate Cort-Dome Delacort Dermacort Dermolate Scalp-Itch Emo-Cort Gly-Cort Hytone LactiCare-HC Lemoderm Lexocort Forte My Cort Nutracort Pentacort Rederm Sarna HC S-T Cort. Topical Ointment: Allercort Cortoderm Cortril Hytone Lemoderm Penecort. Topical Solution: Penecort Emo-Cort Scalp Solution Texacort Scalp Solution. Topical Spray: Cortaid Dermolate Anti-Itch Maximum Strength Coraid Procort (OTC) (Rx)
Hydrocortisone acetate
Hydrocortisone acetate (Orabase-HCA)
(hy-droh- KOR-tih-zohn)
Pregnancy Category: C (topical and dental products) Dental Paste: Orabase-HCA. Intrarectal Foam: Cortifoam. Ophthalmic/Otic: Cortamed . Parenteral: Hydrocortone Acetate. Rectal: Cort-Dome High Potency Cortenema Corticaine Cortifoam. Suppository: Cortiment Rectocort Topical Cream: CaldeCORT Light Carmol-HC Cortaid Cortef Feminine Itch Corticaine Corticreme FoilleCort Gynecort Gynecort Female Cream Hyderm Lanacort Lanacort 10 Lanacort 5 Maximum Strength Cortaid Pharma-Cort Rhulicort. Topical Lotion: Cortaid Rhulicort. Topical Ointment: Anusol HC-1 Cortef Acetate Dermaflex HC 1% Lanacort Lanacort 5 Nov-Hydrocort. Maximum Strength Cortaid (OTC) (Rx)
Hydrocortisone butyrate
Hydrocortisone butyrate (Locoid)
(hy-droh- KOR-tih-zohn)
Pregnancy Category: C (topical products) Topical Cream, Ointment, Solution: Locoid (Rx)
Hydrocortisone cypionate
Hydrocortisone cypionate (Cortef)
(hy-droh- KOR-tih-zohn)
Pregnancy Category: C Oral Suspension: Cortef (Rx)
Hydrocortisone probutate
Hydrocortisone probutate (Pandel)
(hy-droh- KOR-tih-zohn)
Pregnancy Category: C Topical Cream: Pandel (Rx)
Hydrocortisone sodium phosphate
Hydrocortisone sodium phosphate (Hydrocortone Phosphate)
(hy-droh- KOR-tih-zohn)
Pregnancy Category: C Parenteral: Hydrocortone Phosphate (Rx)
Hydrocortisone sodium succinate
Hydrocortisone sodium succinate (Solu-Cortef)
(hy-droh- KOR-tih-zohn)
Pregnancy Category: C Parenteral: A-hydroCort Solu-Cortef (Rx)
Hydrocortisone valerate
Hydrocortisone valerate (Westcort)
(hy-droh- KOR-tih-zohn)
Pregnancy Category: C (topical products) Topical Cream/Ointment: Westcort (Rx)

Classification: Corticosteroid, naturally occurring; glucocorticoid-type

See Also: See also Corticosteroids .

Action/Kinetics: Short-acting. t 1/2: 80-118 min. Topical products are available without a prescription in strengths of 0.5% and 1%.

How Supplied: Hydrocortisone Cortisol: Balm: 1%; Cream: 0.5%, 1%, 2.5%; Enema: 100 mg/60 mL; Gel/jelly: 1%; Liquid: 1%; Lotion: 0.25%, O.5%, 1%, 2%, 2.5%; Ointment: 0.5%, 1%, 2.5%; Pad: 0.5%, 1%; Solution: 1%, 2.5%; Spray: 1%; Tablet: 5 mg, 10 mg, 20 mg. Hydrocortisone acetate: Cream: 0.5%, 1%; Foam: 10%; Injection: 50 mg/mL; Ointment: 0.5%, 1%; Spray: 0.5%; Suppository: 25 mg, 30 mg. Hydrocortisone butyrate: Cream: 0.1%; Ointment: 0.1%; Solution: 0.1%. Hydrocortisone cypionate: Suspension: 10 mg/5 mL. Hydrocortisone probutate: Cream: 0.1%. Hydrocortisone sodium phosphate: Injection: 50 mg/mL. Hydrocortisone sodium succinate: Powder for injection: 100 mg, 250 mg, 500 mg, 1 g. Hydrocortisone valerate: Cream: 0.2%; Ointment: 0.2%.

Hydrocortisone ?Tablets
20-240 mg/day, depending on disease.
?IM Only
One-third to one-half the PO dose q 12 hr.
100 mg in retention enema nightly for 21 days (up to 2 months of therapy may be needed; discontinue gradually if therapy exceeds 3 weeks).
?Topical Ointment, Cream, Gel, Lotion, Solution, Spray
Apply sparingly to affected area and rub in lightly t.i.d.-q.i.d.
Hydrocortisone acetate ?Intralesional, Intra-articular, Soft Tissue
5-50 mg, depending on condition.
?Intrarectal Foam
1 applicatorful (90 mg) 1-2 times/day for 2-3 weeks; then every second day.
See Hydrocortisone.
Hydrocortisone butyrate ?Topical Cream, Ointment, Solution
Apply a thin film to the affected area b.i.d.-t.i.d.
Hydrocortisone probutate ?Topical Cream
Apply a thin film to the affected area 1-2 times/day.
Hydrocortisone cypionate ?Suspension
20-240 mg/day, depending on the severity of the disease.
Hydrocortisone sodium phosphate ?IV, IM, SC General uses.
Initial: 15-240 mg/day depending on use and on severity of the disease. Usually, one-half to one-third of the PO dose is given q 12 hr.
Adrenal insufficiency, acute.
Adults, initial: 100 mg IV; then, 100 mg q 8 hr in an IV fluid; older children, initial: 1-2 mg/kg by IV bolus; then, 150-250 mg/kg/day IV in divided doses; infants, initial: 1-2 mg/kg by IV bolus; then, 25-150 mg/kg/day in divided doses.
Hydrocortisone sodium succinate ?IM, IV
Initial: 100-500 mg; then, may be repeated at 2-, 4-, and 6-hr intervals depending on response and severity of condition.
Hydrocortisone valerate ?Topical Cream
See Hydrocortisone.

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Autumn, Fayetteville, AR - 02/18/2015

After years of being deathly ill, I was finally diagnosed with Addison's disease and put on Hydrocortisone and Fludrocortisone. It's been a godsend to me. I am getting back to my old self that I thought was long gone!!