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Hydrocortisone Valerate Topical Cream 0.2%

This medicine is used for the following purposes:

  • itching
  • skin inflammation

Generic Name: Hydrocortisone Valerate

Instructions

Instructions

DO NOT take this medicine by mouth.

Apply the medicine to the affected area.

Wash the area first before applying medicine.

If you are using this medicine on the scalp or other hairy areas, move hair out of the way and apply as directly to the skin as possible.

Do not cover the area after applying the medicine.

Keep the medicine at room temperature. Avoid heat and direct light.

This medicine should only be used on the skin.

Do not use on animal bites, serious burns, deep wounds, or puncture wounds without your doctor's approval.

Avoid getting the medicine in the eyes, nose, or mouth. Wash the medicine off your fingers after applying it.

Gently rub the medicine into area until evenly spread.

Wash your hands after using this medicine unless your hands are part of the area being treated.

Tell your doctor and pharmacist about all your medicines. Include prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal medicines.

Cautions

Cautions

Tell your doctor and pharmacist if you ever had an allergic reaction to a medicine.

Do not use the medication any more than instructed.

It is unknown if this medicine passes into breast milk. Ask your doctor before breastfeeding.

During pregnancy, this medicine should be used only when clearly needed. Talk to your doctor about the risks and benefits.

If you forget to take a dose on time, take it as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for the next dose, do not take the missed dose. Return to your normal schedule. Do not take 2 doses at one time.

Do not start or stop any other medicines without first speaking to your doctor or pharmacist.

Do not share this medicine with anyone who has not been prescribed this medicine.

Seek medical attention if you see any signs of a serious infection. These signs include pain, increasing redness or pus where this medicine is being used.

Side Effects

Side Effects

The following is a list of some common side effects from this medicine. Please speak with your doctor about what you should do if you experience these or other side effects.

  • burning or stinging
  • dry skin
  • itching
  • flaking or peeling skin
  • skin irritation where medicine is applied

Call your doctor or get medical help right away if you notice any of these more serious side effects:

  • acne
  • swelling of the legs, feet, and hands
  • hair growth
  • headaches
  • change in skin color
  • thinning of the skin
  • unusual or unexplained tiredness or weakness
  • blurring or changes of vision
  • weight loss

A few people may have an allergic reaction to this medicine. Symptoms can include difficulty breathing, skin rash, itching, swelling, or severe dizziness. If you notice any of these symptoms, seek medical help quickly.

Please speak with your doctor, nurse, or pharmacist if you have any questions about this medicine.

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