In this drug factsheet:DIN (Drug Identification Number)
|00030910 ||CORTEF TABLETS 10MG|
|00030929 ||CORTEF TABLETS 20MG|
How does this medication work? What will it do for me?
Hydrocortisone belongs to the family of medications known as corticosteroids. It is used to treat many different conditions. It works by reducing swelling, inflammation, and irritation or as a replacement when the body does not make enough cortisol. Hydrocortisone is more commonly used to treat allergic reactions, some skin conditions, severe asthma, lupus, and arthritis.
It can also be used to treat steroid deficiency in the body, certain blood disorders, certain types of cancer, multiple sclerosis, and ulcerative colitis.
Your doctor may have suggested this medication for conditions other than those listed in these drug information articles. As well, some forms of this medication may not be used for all of the conditions discussed here. If you have not discussed this with your doctor or are not sure why you are taking this medication, speak to your doctor. Do not stop taking this medication without consulting your doctor.
Do not give this medication to anyone else, even if they have the same symptoms as you do. It can be harmful for people to take this medication if their doctor has not prescribed it.
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How should I use this medication?
The dose of hydrocortisone (tablets) varies greatly according to the condition being treated and individual circumstances. This medication should be taken with food to reduce the chance of an upset stomach. Once the condition being treated is controlled, the lowest dose needed to control symptoms should be used.
Many things can affect the dose of a medication that a person needs, such as body weight, other medical conditions, and other medications. If your doctor has recommended a dose different from the ones listed here, do not change the way that you are taking the medication without consulting your doctor.
It is important to take this medication exactly as prescribed by your doctor. If you miss a dose, take it as soon as possible and continue with your regular schedule. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and continue with your regular dosing schedule. Do not take a double dose to make up for a missed one. If you are not sure what to do after missing a dose, contact your doctor or pharmacist for advice.
Store this medication at room temperature and keep it out of the reach of children.
Do not dispose of medications in wastewater (e.g. down the sink or in the toilet) or in household garbage. Ask your pharmacist how to dispose of medications that are no longer needed or have expired.
What form(s) does this medication come in?
Each white, round, scored, compressed tablet, engraved "CORTEF 10", contains hydrocortisone 10 mg. Nonmedicinal ingredients: calcium stearate, cornstarch, lactose, mineral oil, sorbic acid, sucrose, and trace amounts of sodium. Gluten- and tartrazine-free.
Each white, round, scored, compressed tablet, engraved "CORTEF 20", contains hydrocortisone 20 mg. Nonmedicinal ingredients: calcium stearate, cornstarch, lactose, mineral oil, sorbic acid, sucrose, and trace amounts of sodium. Gluten- and tartrazine-free.
Who should NOT take this medication?
Hydrocortisone (tablets) should not be taken by anyone who:
- is allergic to hydrocortisone or to any of the ingredients of the medication
- has a fungal infection in the lungs or other organs within the body