What is Hydrocortisone topical?

Category: Prescription Drugs

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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 38
Eczema 74 31
Atopic Dermatitis 21 7
Discoid Lupus Erythematosus 19 10
Hemorrhoids 14 6
Itching 7 4

Show all 49 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 4
Moderate 9
Mild 8
None 83

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Hydrocortisone topical

Side effect Patients
Skin thinning 9
Burning sensation 2
Hives (urticaria) 2
Redness of skin (erythema) 2
Brain fog 1
Easily get sick 1

Show all 17 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Hydrocortisone topical

Dosage Patients
1% as needed 10
0.5% as needed 3
butyrate0.1% as needed 3
0.1 % twice daily 2
1 g three times daily 2
2.5% as needed 2
2.5 g every 3 months 1
0.1 % daily 1
1 g weekly 1
0.2 g daily 1

See all 23 dosages

Why patients stopped taking Hydrocortisone topical

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Did not seem to work 53
Course of treatment ended 23
Other 23
Doctor's advice 17
Side effects too severe 8
Change in health plan coverage 5
Expense 4
Personal research 4
See all 111 patients who’ve stopped taking Hydrocortisone topical

Duration

Currently taking Hydrocortisone topical

Duration Patients
1 - 6 months 2
6 months - 1 year 1
1 - 2 years 4
2 - 5 years 14
5 - 10 years 8
10 years or more 10

Stopped taking Hydrocortisone topical

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 30
1 - 6 months 15
6 months - 1 year 13
1 - 2 years 15
2 - 5 years 19
5 - 10 years 8
10 years or more 12
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 45
Usually 27
Sometimes 24
Never taken as prescribed 8
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 9
Somewhat hard to take 12
A little hard to take 26
Not at all hard to take 57
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 0
$100-199 0
$50-99 1
$25-49 6
< $25 44
Not specified 53

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
Methotrexate (Apo-Methotrexate) 1

Patients stopped taking Hydrocortisone topical and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Betamethasone topical (Betnovate) 2
Betamethasone (Celestone) 1
Budesonide (Pulmicort) 1
Clobetasol topical (Clobex) 1
Diflorasone topical 1

Show all 11 treatments patients report switching to

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9 patient evaluations for Hydrocortisone topical

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Rejoice
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Rejoice
Data Quality: 3 stars
  • Gender: F
  • Age: 45
Condition: Spinal Stenosis 28 additional condition(s)
Quality of life:
  • Mental: None
  • Physical: Moderate
I am: b
I have:
Spinal Stenosis

See Rejoice's full Hydrocortisone topical history

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
pfern
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pfern
Data Quality: 1 star
  • Gender: M
  • Age: 61
Condition: Psoriatic Arthritis 5 additional condition(s)
Quality of life:
  • Mental: None
  • Physical: None
I am: vg
I have:
Psoriatic Arthritis

See pfern's full Hydrocortisone topical history

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
pheonix61
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pheonix61
Data Quality: 1 star
  • Gender: M
  • Age: 65
Condition: COPD 43 additional condition(s)
Quality of life:
  • Mental: Mild
  • Physical: Mild
I am: n
I have:
COPD

See pheonix61's full Hydrocortisone topical history

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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