hydrocortisone valerate, Westcort (cont.)

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NURSING MOTHERS: It is not known if hydrocortisone valerate is secreted in breast milk.

SIDE EFFECTS: The most common side effects are burning, itching, irritation, and dryness at application sites. Side effects are more frequent when occlusive dressings or large quantities are applied. Applying corticosteroids to infected skin may worsen the infection. Long-term use may lead to atrophy of the skin and pigmentation changes. Prolonged use of hydrocortisone can depress the ability of the body's adrenal glands to produce corticosteroids. Abruptly stopping hydrocortisone in these individuals can cause symptoms of corticosteroid insufficiency, with accompanying nausea, vomiting, and even shock. Hydrocortisone valerate has produced mild, reversible suppression of corticosteroids in adult patients when administered for 5 days and the area was covered (occluded); when 15 grams was applied twice a day to over 25% to 60% body surface area; or when applied three times a day to over 20% to 30% body surface area for 3-4 weeks.

Reference: FDA Prescribing Information


Last Editorial Review: 2/17/2012



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