What is Hydrocortisone?

Category: Prescription Drugs

Most popular types: Cortef Hydrocort Solu-Cortef Show all

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See also: Hydrocortisone topical Nystatin-hydrocortisone-zinc oxide cream

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 54 24
Adrenal insufficiency 21 12
Adrenal fatigue 10 6
Cushing's syndrome 9 1
Panhypopituitarism 8 5

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  • 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 22
Mild 16
None 36

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Hydrocortisone

Side effect Patients
Weight gain 20
Hunger 2
Moon face 2
Abdominal bloating 1
Anaphylaxis 1
Atrial tachycardia 1

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Hydrocortisone

Dosage Patients
20 mg daily 6
10 mg daily 4
10 mg three times daily 3
30 mg daily 3
15 mg daily 2
0.2 % twice daily 1
5 mg daily 1
5 mg twice daily 1
5 mg three times daily 1
17.5 mg daily 1

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Why patients stopped taking Hydrocortisone

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Course of treatment ended 16
Did not seem to work 12
Doctor's advice 12
Other 9
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 2
6 months - 1 year 1
1 - 2 years 4
2 - 5 years 8
5 - 10 years 8
10 years or more 10

Stopped taking Hydrocortisone

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 13
1 - 6 months 14
6 months - 1 year 5
1 - 2 years 6
2 - 5 years 6
5 - 10 years 1
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 56
Usually 14
Sometimes 1
Never taken as prescribed 5
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 4
Somewhat hard to take 11
A little hard to take 21
Not at all hard to take 40
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 0
$100-199 3
$50-99 2
$25-49 3
< $25 34
Not specified 34

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Hydrocortisone after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Prednisone (Deltasone) 2
Budesonide (Pulmicort) 1
Dexamethasone (Decadron) 1
Fludrocortisone (Florinef) 1
Gabapentin (Neurontin) 1

Show all 8 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Hydrocortisone and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Prednisone (Deltasone) 5
Dexamethasone (Decadron) 1
Hydrocortisone (Cortef) 1
Hydrocortisone topical (Cortizone-10) 1
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4 patient evaluations for Hydrocortisone

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

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: 40 mg Daily
Cost: $25-49 monthly

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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
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