What is Hydrocortisone?

Category: Prescription Drugs

Most popular types: Cortef Hydrocort Proctosol-HC Show all

false

See also: Hydrocortisone topical

Hydrocortisone is a corticosteroid. It is used for the management of adrenocortical insufficiency; relief of skin inflammation; as an adjunctive treatment of ulcerative colitis. It is available in various preparations including topical application, injection and intravenous depending on the purpose.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Addison's Disease 46 20
Adrenal insufficiency 21 9
Adrenal Insufficiency 15 10
Adrenal Fatigue 9 6
Cushing's Syndrome 9 1
Panhypopituitarism 7 4

Show all 67 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 2
Moderate 21
Mild 15
None 30

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Hydrocortisone

Side effect Patients
Weight gain 14
Rapid weight gain 3
Fluid retention weight gain 2
Hunger 2
Moon face 2
Abdominal bloating 1

Show all 36 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Hydrocortisone

Dosage Patients
10 mg daily 5
20 mg daily 4
10 mg three times daily 3
20 mg twice daily 3
10 mg twice daily 2
1 twice daily 1
2 other daily 1
7.5 mg daily 1
15 mg daily 1
5 mg three times daily 1

See all 23 dosages

Why patients stopped taking Hydrocortisone

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Course of treatment ended 17
Did not seem to work 12
Doctor's advice 11
Other 8
Side effects too severe 6
Personal research 3
See all 45 patients who’ve stopped taking Hydrocortisone

Duration

Currently taking Hydrocortisone

Duration Patients
1 - 6 months 3
6 months - 1 year 5
1 - 2 years 5
2 - 5 years 7
5 - 10 years 5
10 years or more 10

Stopped taking Hydrocortisone

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 14
1 - 6 months 14
6 months - 1 year 4
1 - 2 years 6
2 - 5 years 6
5 - 10 years 1
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 50
Usually 12
Sometimes 1
Never taken as prescribed 5
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 3
Somewhat hard to take 11
A little hard to take 19
Not at all hard to take 35
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 0
$100-199 2
$50-99 2
$25-49 2
< $25 30
Not specified 32

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Hydrocortisone after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Prednisone (Deltasone) 3
Budesonide (Pulmicort) 1
Dexamethasone (Decadron) 1
Gabapentin (Neurontin) 1
Hydrocortisone (Cortef) 1

Show all 6 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Hydrocortisone and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Prednisone (Deltasone) 4
Dexamethasone (Decadron) 1
Hydrocortisone (Cortef) 1
Hydrocortisone topical (Cortizone-10) 1
Last updated:

4 patient evaluations for Hydrocortisone

54 members have decided to share their profiles only with other members of PatientsLikeMe.

ADN27
Portrait default thumb
ADN27
Gender: M
Data Quality: 0 stars
Depression: 0
Mania: 0
Emotional: 0
Anxiety: 1
Compulsion: 0
External Stress: Low
25 M
Function: High
Distress: Low
I am: g
I have:
GAD

See ADN27's full Hydrocortisone history

Dec 14, 2009 (Started Nov 30, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for Ulcerative colitis)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: 100 mg/60 mL Daily

Dec 11, 2009 (Started Nov 30, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for Ulcerative colitis)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: 100 mg/60 mL Daily

  • 0 helpful marks
Lady 4 Rob
11046 thumb
Lady 4 Rob
Gender: F
Data Quality: 0 stars
Pain: All
Fatigue: All
Sleep: All
Stiffness: All
function: None
external_stress: All
Stickman: all
Description:F43y
CFS:8y Dx
FM:8y Dx
I am: n
I have:
Fibromyalgia

See Lady 4 Rob's full Hydrocortisone history

Dec 5, 2009 (Started Jun 10, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Can’t tell (for Pain)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Never taken as prescribed
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 30 mg Daily
Cost: $25-49 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks
andi114
9457 thumb
andi114
Gender: F
Data Quality: 0 stars
Pain: Most
Fatigue: All
Sleep: All
Stiffness: All
function: Little
external_stress: Some
Stickman: all
Description:F52y
FM:8y Dx
I have:
Fibromyalgia

See andi114's full Hydrocortisone history

Mar 5, 2009 (Started Mar 05, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Can’t tell (for Other)
  • Side effects
    Mild (Hunger)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 40 mg Daily
Side effects: Hunger

  • 0 helpful marks
Last updated:
Showing 3 of 4 patient evaluations for Hydrocortisone