HYDROCORTISONE, cream and ointment

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    Prescription under medical supervision


    Therapeutic action

    • Topical corticosteroid


    • Atopic eczema, contact eczema, seborrhoeic dermatitis
    • Reactions to insect bites

    Forms and strengths

    • 1% cream and ointment

    Dosage and duration

    • Child and adult: one application once daily or 2 times daily to the affected area only, in thin layer, for 7 days maximum

    Contra-indications, adverse effects, precautions

    • Do not use:
      • for more than 7 days;
      • in case of acne, rosacea, perioral dermatoses, untreated bacterial (impetigo, etc.), fungal (candidiasis and dermatophytosis) and viral (herpes) skin infections;
      • under occlusive dressing, on large areas of skin or on wounds, especially in infants and children (increased local and systemic adverse effects).
    • May cause:
      • irritations, pruritus, burning sensations, skin eruptions, hypopigmentation, contact eczema and urticaria;
      • skin atrophy, dilation of small blood vessels (telangiectasia), stretch marks, skin fragility, delayed wound healing in case of prolonged treatment.
    • Apply with precaution to:
      • the eyelids and around the eyes (risk of glaucoma and cataract);
      • the face (risk of rosacea and thinning of the skin);
      • the skin folds (increased adverse effects).
    • Pregnancy: no contra-indication
    • Breast-feeding: no contra-indication. Do not apply to the breasts.


    • The cream and ointment are interchangeable. However, preferably use the cream on moist lesions and the ointment on dry and scaly lesions.


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