What is Hydrocortisone (Hydrocortisone) used for?
Hydrocortisone (Hydrocortisone) is prescribed for hormone therapy in patients with an underactive adrenal gland or who have had adrenal gland surgery. After taking the medication, it is converted into these hormones to reduce symptoms such as weakness, nausea, or muscle pain. It may also be prescribed by your doctor to treat other unlisted conditions.
How should I use Hydrocortisone (Hydrocortisone)?
Always take Hydrocortisone (Hydrocortisone) according to your doctor`s instructions to get the safest and most effective results from treatment. One tablet is normally administered one to four times each day, but your individual directions will depend on your age, weight, health condition, and the severity of your symptoms. These should be swallowed with a full glass of water along with a meal to prevent nausea. Do not split, chew, or crush the tablets prior to use to avoid unintentionally destroying or altering the effects of their contents. Ask your pharmacist or doctor any questions you have about using the medicine to ensure the correct administration.
What are the side effects of Hydrocortisone (Hydrocortisone)?
Side effects that may occur while using Hydrocortisone (Hydrocortisone) include:
Serious side effects that may require immediate medical assistance are hyperglycaemia, ulceration of the stomach or intestines, oedema, decreased potassium levels, susceptibility to infections, severe muscle fatigue, Cushing`s syndrome, or hypertension. Contact your doctor as soon as you experience any worrying or intense symptoms to ensure the necessary changes are made to your dosage or application frequency to prevent further health problems from occurring.
Hydrocortisone (Hydrocortisone) should not be used by patients who are lactose intolerant or who have a widespread fungal infection. Also inform your doctor if you have epilepsy, hypothyroidism, heart failure, hypertension, osteoporosis, a history of tuberculosis, a herpes infection of the eye, malaria, parasitic infections, glaucoma, ulcerative colitis, an active peptic ulcer, thrombophlebitis, liver failure, liver cirrhosis, or reduced kidney function. These conditions may cause unexpected health problems requiring special alterations to your treatment.
Strictly use the medicine as prescribed and follow all instructions provided by your doctor. Safe, suitable, and optimum dosage can vary and is dependent on the patient`s health and medical history, as well as the condition you are treating.
Hydrocortisone (Hydrocortisone) may not be safe or suitable for all patients. Always ensure your doctor is informed if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, using any other type of medication (including non-prescription medicine, vitamins, and supplements), as well as if you have any allergies, other illnesses, or pre-existing medication conditions.
Seek immediate medical attention or proceed to your nearest accident and emergency department if you suffer a hypersensitive or allergic reaction. Symptoms usually present during a reaction of this nature include difficulty breathing or swallowing, swelling of the limbs or face, tight chest, hives, and skin rashes.