What is Hydrocortisone topical?

Category: Prescription Drugs

Most popular types: Cortizone-10 Cortizone-5 Hc45 Hydrocortisone Cream Show all

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See also: Hydrocortisone

Hydrocortisone topical is a corticosteroid applied to the skin for relief of inflammation of corticosteroid-responsive skin disorders.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Psoriasis 108 41
Eczema 77 32
Atopic dermatitis 22 9
Discoid lupus erythematosus 18 8
Hemorrhoids 15 9
Itching 7 6

Show all 46 reasons taken


  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 5
Moderate 8
Mild 7
None 95

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Hydrocortisone topical

Side effect Patients
Skin thinning 8
Burning sensation 2
Hives (urticaria) 2
Redness of skin (erythema) 2
Brain fog 1
Excessive sweating 1

Show all 10 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Hydrocortisone topical

Dosage Patients
1% as needed 6
1 g three times daily 2
0.5% as needed 2
2.5% as needed 2
2.5 g every 3 months 1
0.1 % daily 1
1 g weekly 1
0.1 % twice daily 1
0.2 % daily 1
0.2 g daily 1

See all 22 dosages

Why patients stopped taking Hydrocortisone topical

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Reason Patients
Did not seem to work 62
Course of treatment ended 24
Doctor's advice 22
Other 22
Side effects too severe 9
Change in health plan coverage 5
Personal research 5
Expense 4
See all 123 patients who've stopped taking Hydrocortisone topical

Duration

Currently taking Hydrocortisone topical

Duration Patients
1 - 2 years 2
2 - 5 years 8
5 - 10 years 13
10 years or more 7

Stopped taking Hydrocortisone topical

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 35
1 - 6 months 14
6 months - 1 year 14
1 - 2 years 17
2 - 5 years 21
5 - 10 years 9
10 years or more 14
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 48
Usually 35
Sometimes 23
Never taken as prescribed 9
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 9
Somewhat hard to take 12
A little hard to take 29
Not at all hard to take 65
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 0
$100-199 0
$50-99 1
$25-49 3
< $25 48
Not specified 63

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Hydrocortisone topical after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Triamcinolone topical (Triamcinolone acetonide cream) 2
Clobetasol topical (Clobex) 1
Econazole Nitrate 1
Hydrocortisone (Cortef) 1
Hydrocortisone (rectal) (Hydrocortisone suppositories) 1

Show all 6 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Hydrocortisone topical and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Triamcinolone topical (Triamcinolone acetonide cream) 4
Betamethasone topical (Betnovate) 2
Clobetasol topical (Clobex) 2
Betamethasone (Celestone) 1
Budesonide (Pulmicort) 1

Show all 13 treatments patients report switching to

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9 patient evaluations for Hydrocortisone topical

Aug 12, 2018 (Started Jul 01, 2013)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for psoriasis)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: As needed
Advice & Tips: I use it just over the patches when they show-up

Jan 21, 2015 (Started Jul 01, 2013)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for psoriasis)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: As needed

  • 0 helpful marks

Feb 21, 2016 (Started Sep 04, 2015)

  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for seborrheic dermatitis)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for itching)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for eczema)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for dyshidrotic eczema (pompholyx))
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 1 g Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

Jul 17, 2012 (Started Jul 01, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for psoriasis)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for hemorrhoids)
  • Side effects
    Mild (skin thinning, thining of the skin)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: As needed
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks
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