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Hydrocortisone Valerate Cream Uses, Side Effects & Dosage

Is hydrocortisone valerate available as a generic drug?


Do I need a prescription for hydrocortisone valerate?


What are the uses for hydrocortisone valerate?

What are the side effects of hydrocortisone valerate?

The most common side effects of hydrocortisone valerate are:

  • burning,
  • itching,
  • irritation, and
  • dryness at application sites.

Side effects are more frequent when
occlusive dressings or large quantities are applied. Applying corticosteroids to
infected skin may worsen the infection. Long-term use may lead to atrophy of the
skin and pigmentation changes. Prolonged use of hydrocortisone can depress the
ability of the body’s adrenal glands to produce corticosteroids. Abruptly stopping
hydrocortisone in these individuals can cause symptoms of corticosteroid
insufficiency, along with:

Hydrocortisone valerate has produced mild, reversible suppression of
corticosteroids in adult patients when administered for 5 days and the area was
covered (occluded); when 15 grams was applied twice a day to over 25% to 60%
body surface area; or when applied three times a day to over 20% to 30% body
surface area for 3-4 weeks.

What is the dosage for hydrocortisone valerate?

Westcort should be applied sparingly to affected areas once or
twice daily. The minimum effective amount should be used.

Which drugs or supplements interact with hydrocortisone valerate?

No significant drug interactions have been
described with hydrocortisone valerate.


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Is hydrocortisone valerate safe to take if I’m pregnant or breastfeeding?

  • The use of hydrocortisone valerate in
    pregnant women has
    not been adequately evaluated.
  • It is not known if hydrocortisone valerate is
    secreted in
    breast milk.

What else should I know about hydrocortisone valerate?

What preparations of hydrocortisone valerate are available?

Cream or Ointment: 0.2%

How should I keep hydrocortisone valerate stored?

Westcort should be
stored at room temperature, 59-86 F (15-30 C).


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