U-Cort

Drug List

U-Cort

Drug Name

U-Cort (Hydrocortisone Acetate)

Manufactured By

Taro Pharmaceuticals U.S.A., Inc.

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Treats Disease/Condition

Uses

This medication is a combination of hydrocortisone and urea. It is used to treat a variety of skin conditions (e.g., dermatitis, eczema, psoriasis, rash). Hydrocortisone reduces swelling, itching, and redness (symptoms of inflammation, allergic reactions). This medication is a mild corticosteroid. Urea is an emollient that softens and moisturizes the skin, decreasing itching and flaking. Dry skin is caused by a loss of water in the upper layer of the skin. Emollients/moisturizers work by forming an oily layer on the top of the skin that traps water in the skin.

How To Use

Wash your hands before applying the medication. Clean the affected area with mild soap and water, rinse well, and pat dry. Gently rub a small amount of the medication into the affected area in a thin layer, usually 2-4 times a day or as directed by your doctor. How often the medication is applied and for how long depends on your condition and response to treatment. Wash hands immediately after use unless the area being treated includes the hands. Use this medication on the skin only. Avoid getting the product in your eyes, nose, ears, or mouth. If the medication gets in these areas, rinse immediately with clean water. Avoid any areas of broken/cut/infected/scraped skin unless your doctor directs otherwise. Do not cover the area with plastic or waterproof bandages unless directed to do so by your doctor. If used in the diaper area on an infant, do not use tight-fitting diapers or plastic pants. Covering the treated area may increase the absorption of the medication through the skin. This may improve how well the drug works, but it may also increase the risk of side effects.

Side Effects

Burning, stinging, redness, or irritation at the application site may occur when this medication is first applied to the skin. If any of these effects persist or worsen, notify your doctor or pharmacist promptly. Tell your doctor right away if any of these unlikely but serious side effects occur: stretch marks, skin thinning/discoloration, acne, unwanted hair growth, "hair bumps" (folliculitis). Skin infections can become worse when this medication is used. Notify your doctor promptly of any signs of infection such as: fever, skin redness/tenderness/pus. A very serious allergic reaction to this drug is rare. However, seek immediate medical attention if you notice any symptoms of a serious allergic reaction, including: rash, itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat), severe dizziness, trouble breathing. This is not a complete list of possible side effects. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.

Drug Interactions

Your doctor or pharmacist may already be aware of any possible drug interactions and may be monitoring you for them. Do not start, stop, or change the dosage of any medicine before checking with your doctor or pharmacist first. Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist of all prescription or nonprescription/herbal products you may use, especially of: corticosteroids taken by mouth (e.g., prednisone), drugs that lower the immune system (e.g., cyclosporine).

In Case of Overdose

This medicine may be harmful if swallowed. If someone has overdosed and has serious symptoms such as passing out or trouble breathing, call 911. Otherwise, call a poison control center right away. US residents can call their local poison control center at 1-800-222-1222.

In Case of Missed Dose

If you miss a dose, use it as soon as you remember. If it is near the time of the next dose, skip the missed dose and resume your usual dosing schedule. Do not double the dose to catch up.

Storage

Store at room temperature between 59-86 degrees F (15-30 degrees C) away from light and moisture. Avoid freezing. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep all medicines away from children and pets.