Hydrocortisone review

Hydrocortisone belongs to a class of drugs called steroids. The main action of hydrocortisone would be to reduce swelling by controlling the release of substances by our bodies that would lead to it.

Hydrocortisone is used to treat a lot of conditions some of them being skin conditions, allergies, arthritis, ulcerative colitis, psoriasis, lupus, breathing disorder and Crohn’s disease. This is also used when the body has a deficiency in producing its own steroids, which is considered as a hormonal disorder.

Hydrocortisone may also be used in a lot of other conditions aside from the ones specified above.

Hydrocortisone can be used by anyone who experiences any of the illnesses above and anyone whom doctors would advise it to but since it is a controlled medicine, this would generally not be available without a prescription.

Hydrocortisone would not be totally safe for people with past or current conditions such as liver disease, diabetes, mental problems, high blood pressure, stomach ulcers, malaria, glaucoma, cataracts, tuberculosis and kidney disease. If a person planning to take hydrocortisone is experiencing or has experienced any of those said earlier, medical advice should be sought.

It is important that the doctor prescribing hydrocortisone would be aware of what the patient is experiencing and has experienced for the doctor to know what the patient really needs.

There is no single dosage of hydrocortisone that would work for all conditions rather; dosage of this drug is case specific. With that, one should take it exactly as the doctor prescribed. Not taking it religiously, overdosing it or taking it longer than the recommended period would already bring out some significant side effects.

It is important to be aware that the doctor may change the dosage from time to time depending on how the condition of a patient is behaving.

Since this drug belongs to the steroid class that is a strong class of drugs, it is quite common to feel quite different when taking this drug. A few side effects can be considered normal but at unfortunate times, some side effects can be severe.

A side effect of overdosing this drug is not commonly associated with life threatening effects but would greatly affect the appearance of the person taking it. Some side effects would be weight gain, bloating, swelling, increased hair growth all over the body, bruising, muscle pain and fatigue.

Some serious side effects would be vision problems, depression, pancreatitis, respiratory problems, extremely high blood pressure, sleep problems or coughing out blood.

This drug should never be taken by anyone who is allergic to it or anyone with any fungal infections in the body. This is because steroids can weaken your immune system thus making it more vulnerable for infections and if one is present anywhere in the body, this could spread easier.

There are many drugs that would interact with hydrocortisone. Some of these would be diuretics, cyclosporine, antibiotics, aspirin, warfarin or any blood thinner, insulin and any seizure medications.

When hydrocortisone would be taken with any of those listed above, it would either be that the medication would be much less effective or some side effects would come out.

The ones listed above are just some of the medicines that would interact with hydrocortisone. Consult your doctor if you have any concern regarding this drug.

Hydrocortisone has the following structural formula:

Chemical structure of hydrocortisone

• Molecular formula of hydrocortisone is C21H30O5
• Chemical IUPAC Name is 11,17-dihydroxy-17-(2-hydroxyacetyl)-10,13-dimethyl-2,6,7,8,9,11,12,14,15,16- decahydro-1H-cyclopenta[a]phenanthren-3-one
• Molecular weight is 362.46 g/mol

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