hydrocortisone oral, A-Hydrocort, Solu-CORTEE, Cortef (cont.)

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Hydrocortisone also is used as a replacement for the naturally occurring hormone in patients whose adrenal glands are unable to produce sufficient amounts of corticosteroids.

SIDE EFFECTS: Hydrocortisone side effects depend on the dose, the duration and the frequency of administration. Short courses of hydrocortisone usually are well tolerated with few and mild side effects. Long term, high doses of hydrocortisone usually will produce predictable, and potentially serious side effects. Whenever possible, the lowest effective doses of hydrocortisone should be used for the shortest possible length of time to minimize side effects. Alternate day dosing also can help reduce side effects.

Side effects of hydrocortisone and other corticosteroids range from mild to serious. Side effects include:

Psychic disturbances can include:

Hydrocortisone and other corticosteroids can mask signs of infection and impair the body's natural immune response to infection. Patients on corticosteroids are more susceptible to infections, and can develop more serious infections than healthy individuals. For instance, chickenpox and measles viruses can produce serious and even fatal illnesses in patients on high doses of hydrocortisone. Live virus vaccines, such as the small pox vaccine, should be avoided in patients taking high doses of hydrocortisone, since even vaccine viruses may cause disease in these patients.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 1/29/2015


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