hydrocortisone valerate, Westcort

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GENERIC NAME: hydrocortisone valerate

BRAND NAME: Westcort

DRUG CLASS AND MECHANISM: Hydrocortisone valerate is a synthetic (man-made) corticosteroid that is used on the skin (topically). The naturally-occurring corticosteroid is cortisol or hydrocortisone produced by the adrenal gland. Corticosteroids have potent anti-inflammatory actions and also suppress the immune response. The FDA approved hydrocortisone valerate in March 1978.

PRESCRIBED FOR: Hydrocortisone valerate is used for the relief of itching and inflammation caused by a wide variety of skin conditions (for example, insect bites, allergic reactions and eczema).

SIDE EFFECTS: The most common side effects of hydrocortisone valerate are:

  • burning,
  • itching,
  • irritation, and
  • dryness at application sites.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 2/25/2015

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