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.

GENERIC AVAILABLE: Yes

PRESCRIPTION: Yes

PREPARATIONS: Cream or Ointment: 0.2%

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

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).

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

DRUG INTERACTIONS: No significant drug interactions have been described with hydrocortisone valerate.

PREGNANCY: The use of hydrocortisone valerate in pregnant women has not been adequately evaluated.




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