Novo-Hydrocort Cream Topical application

Name: Novo-Hydrocort Cream Topical application

Commonly used brand name(s)

In the U.S.

  • Locoid
  • Locoid Lipocream

In Canada

  • Barriere-Hc
  • Cortate
  • Cort-Eze
  • Cortoderm Mild Ointment
  • Cortoderm Regular Ointment
  • Emo-Cort
  • Emo-Cort Scalp Solution
  • Hydrocortisone Cream
  • Novo-Hydrocort
  • Novo-Hydrocort Cream
  • Prevex Hc
  • Sarna Hc

Available Dosage Forms:

  • Ointment
  • Lotion
  • Cream
  • Solution

Therapeutic Class: Corticosteroid, Intermediate

Pharmacologic Class: Hydrocortisone

Uses For Novo-Hydrocort Cream

Hydrocortisone butyrate topical is used to help relieve redness, itching, swelling, or other discomfort caused by skin conditions (e.g., atopic dermatitis, seborrheic dermatitis). This medicine is a corticosteroid (cortisone-like medicine or steroid).

This medicine is available only with your doctor's prescription.

Before Using Novo-Hydrocort Cream

In deciding to use a medicine, the risks of taking the medicine must be weighed against the good it will do. This is a decision you and your doctor will make. For this medicine, the following should be considered:

Allergies

Tell your doctor if you have ever had any unusual or allergic reaction to this medicine or any other medicines. Also tell your health care professional if you have any other types of allergies, such as to foods, dyes, preservatives, or animals. For non-prescription products, read the label or package ingredients carefully.

Pediatric

Appropriate studies performed to date have not demonstrated pediatric-specific problems that would limit the usefulness of hydrocortisone butyrate topical in children 3 months of age or older. However, because of this medicine's toxicity, it should be used with caution. Children may absorb large amounts through the skin, which can cause serious side effects. If your child is using this medicine, follow your doctor's instructions very carefully.

Geriatric

Appropriate studies performed to date have not demonstrated geriatric-specific problems that would limit the usefulness of hydrocortisone butyrate topical in the elderly.

Interactions with Medicines

Although certain medicines should not be used together at all, in other cases two different medicines may be used together even if an interaction might occur. In these cases, your doctor may want to change the dose, or other precautions may be necessary. Tell your healthcare professional if you are taking any other prescription or nonprescription (over-the-counter [OTC]) medicine.

Interactions with Food/Tobacco/Alcohol

Certain medicines should not be used at or around the time of eating food or eating certain types of food since interactions may occur. Using alcohol or tobacco with certain medicines may also cause interactions to occur. Discuss with your healthcare professional the use of your medicine with food, alcohol, or tobacco.

Other Medical Problems

The presence of other medical problems may affect the use of this medicine. Make sure you tell your doctor if you have any other medical problems, especially:

  • Cushing's syndrome (adrenal gland disorder) or
  • Diabetes or
  • Hyperglycemia (high blood sugar) or
  • Intracranial hypertension (increased pressure in the head)—Use with caution. May make these conditions worse.
  • Infection of the skin at or near the place of application or
  • Large sores, broken skin, or severe skin injury at the place of application—The chance of side effects may be increased.

Precautions While Using Novo-Hydrocort Cream

It is very important that your doctor check the progress of you or your child at regular visits for any unwanted effects that may be caused by this medicine.

If your or your child's symptoms do not improve within a few days, or if they become worse, check with your doctor.

Using too much of this medicine or using it for a long time may increase your risk of having adrenal gland problems. The risk is greater for children and patients who use large amounts for a long time. Talk to your doctor right away if you or your child have more than one of these symptoms while you are using this medicine: blurred vision; dizziness or fainting; a fast, irregular, or pounding heartbeat; increased thirst or urination; irritability; or unusual tiredness or weakness.

Stop using this medicine and check with your doctor right away if you or your child have a skin rash, burning, stinging, swelling, or irritation on the skin.

Do not use cosmetics or other skin care products on the treated areas.

Novo-Hydrocort Cream Side Effects

Along with its needed effects, a medicine may cause some unwanted effects. Although not all of these side effects may occur, if they do occur they may need medical attention.

Check with your doctor immediately if any of the following side effects occur:

Less common
  • Burning sensation of skin
  • flushing or redness of skin
  • itching skin
  • red, scaling, or crusted skin
  • scaly rash
  • skin irritation
  • unusually warm skin
Incidence not known
  • Blistering, burning, crusting, dryness, or flaking of the skin
  • irritation
  • itching, scaling, severe redness, soreness, or swelling of the skin
  • redness and scaling around the mouth
  • thinning of the skin with easy bruising, especially when used on the face or where the skin folds together (e.g. between the fingers)
  • thinning, weakness, or wasting away of the skin

Some side effects may occur that usually do not need medical attention. These side effects may go away during treatment as your body adjusts to the medicine. Also, your health care professional may be able to tell you about ways to prevent or reduce some of these side effects. Check with your health care professional if any of the following side effects continue or are bothersome or if you have any questions about them:

Less common
  • Acne or pimples
  • lightening of normal skin color
Incidence not known
  • Burning and itching of the skin with pinhead-sized red blisters
  • burning, itching, and pain in hairy areas, or pus at the root of the hair
  • increased hair growth on the forehead, back, arms, and legs
  • reddish purple lines on the arms, face, legs, trunk, or groin
  • softening of the skin

Other side effects not listed may also occur in some patients. If you notice any other effects, check with your healthcare professional.

Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

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