hydrocortisone oral, Hydrocortone, Cortef (cont.)

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PREPARATIONS: Tablets: 5, 10 and 20 mg; Oral Suspension: 10 mg/5 ml.

STORAGE: Hydrocortisone should be stored at room temperature at 20-25 C (68-77 F) in a sealed container.

PRESCRIBED FOR: Hydrocortisone is used to achieve prompt suppression of inflammation in many inflammatory and allergic conditions. Examples of such inflammatory conditions include rheumatoid arthritis, systemic lupus, acute gouty arthritis, psoriatic arthritis, ulcerative colitis, and Crohn's disease.

Severe allergic conditions that fail conventional treatment also may respond to hydrocortisone. Examples include bronchial asthma, allergic rhinitis, drug-induced dermatitis, and contact and atopic dermatitis.

Chronic skin conditions treated with hydrocortisone include dermatitis herpetiformis, pemphigus, severe psoriasis and severe seborrheic dermatitis.

Chronic allergic and inflammatory conditions of the uvea, iris, conjunctiva and optic nerves of the eyes also are treated with hydrocortisone.

Hydrocortisone also is used in the treatment of blood cell cancers (leukemias), and lymph gland cancers (lymphomas).

Blood diseases involving destruction of platelets by the body's own immune cells (idiopathic thrombocytopenia purpura) and destruction of red blood cells by immune cells (autoimmune hemolytic anemia) also can be treated with hydrocortisone.



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