What is Hydrocortisone topical?

Category: Prescription Drugs

Most popular types: Cortizone-10 Cortifoam 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 1001 44
Eczema 506 34
Discoid lupus erythematosus 380 8
Atopic dermatitis 203 10
Lichen sclerosus 95 3
Hemorrhoids 90 9

Show all 66 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 Percentage
Severe 5
Moderate 9
Mild 10
None 101

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Hydrocortisone topical

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

Show all 15 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Hydrocortisone topical

Dosage Patients Percentage
1% as needed 2
0.1 % daily 1
1 g daily 1
2 mcg daily 1
2.5 other twice daily 1
45 g twice daily 1
0.1% as needed 1
1drop(s) as needed 1
2.5% as needed 1
butyrate0.1% as needed 1

Why patients stopped taking Hydrocortisone topical

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients Percentage
Did not seem to work 69
Course of treatment ended 28
Doctor's advice 25
Other 22
Side effects too severe 10
Personal research 6
Change in health plan coverage 5
Expense 4
See all 135 patients who've stopped taking Hydrocortisone topical

Duration

Currently taking Hydrocortisone topical

Duration Patients Percentage
6 months - 1 year 1
1 - 2 years 2
5 - 10 years 5
10 years or more 3

Stopped taking Hydrocortisone topical

Duration Patients Percentage
Less than 1 month 36
1 - 6 months 14
6 months - 1 year 14
1 - 2 years 17
2 - 5 years 21
5 - 10 years 11
10 years or more 15
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations Percentage
Always 51
Usually 38
Sometimes 26
Never taken as prescribed 10
Burden
Burden Evaluations Percentage
Very hard to take 10
Somewhat hard to take 12
A little hard to take 31
Not at all hard to take 72
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations Percentage
$200+ 0
$100-199 0
$50-99 1
$25-49 3
< $25 52
Not specified 69

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Hydrocortisone topical after stopping:

Treatment Patients Percentage
Econazole Nitrate 2
Hydrocortisone (Cortef) 2
Triamcinolone topical (Triamcinolone acetonide cream) 2
Clobetasol topical (Clobex) 1
Desonide topical (Verseo) 1

Show all 7 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Hydrocortisone topical and switched to:

Treatment Patients Percentage
Triamcinolone topical (Triamcinolone acetonide cream) 5
Betamethasone topical (Betnovate) 3
Clobetasol topical (Clobex) 3
Methotrexate (Apo-Methotrexate) 2
Acitretin (Soriatane) 1

Show all 18 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
    Major (for dyshidrotic eczema (pompholyx))
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for eczema)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for itching)
  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for seborrheic dermatitis)
  • 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 (thining of the skin, skin thinning)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: As needed
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks
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