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Hydrocortisone/ iodoquinol

Generic Name: hydrocortisone/iodoquinol (hye-droe-KOR-ti-sone/eye-oh-doe-KWIN-ole)
Brand Name: Examples include Dermazene and Vytone

Hydrocortisone/ iodoquinol is used for:

Treating inflammation and itching due to certain skin conditions when bacterial or fungal infection may be present. It may also be used for other conditions as determined by your doctor.

Hydrocortisone/iodoquinol is a topical adrenocortical steroid and antibacterial/antifungal. It works by reducing skin inflammation (redness, swelling, itching, and irritation) in a way that is not clearly understood. The antibacterial/antifungal works by killing sensitive bacteria and fungi.

Do NOT use hydrocortisone/ iodoquinol if:

  • you are allergic to any ingredient in hydrocortisone/iodoquinol

Contact your doctor or health care provider right away if any of these apply to you.

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Before using hydrocortisone/ iodoquinol:

Some medical conditions may interact with hydrocortisone/iodoquinol. Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have any medical conditions, especially if any of the following apply to you:

  • if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding
  • if you are taking any prescription or nonprescription medicine, herbal preparation, or dietary supplement
  • if you have allergies to medicines, foods, or other substances
  • if you have any kind of skin infection, cuts, scrapes, or lessened blood flow to your skin
  • if you have had a recent vaccination; have measles, tuberculosis, chicken pox, or shingles; or have had a positive tuberculosis test
  • if you are taking prednisone or similar medicines

Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with hydrocortisone/iodoquinol. Because little, if any, of hydrocortisone/iodoquinol is absorbed into the blood, the risk of it interacting with another medicine is low.

Ask your health care provider if hydrocortisone/iodoquinol may interact with other medicines that you take. Check with your health care provider before you start, stop, or change the dose of any medicine.

How to use hydrocortisone/ iodoquinol:

Use hydrocortisone/iodoquinol as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.

  • Apply a small amount of medicine to the affected area. Gently rub the medicine in until it is evenly distributed. Wash your hands after applying hydrocortisone/iodoquinol, unless your hands are part of the treated area.
  • Do not bandage or cover the treated skin area unless directed by your doctor.
  • If you miss a dose of hydrocortisone/iodoquinol, apply it as soon as possible. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not apply 2 doses at once.

Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use hydrocortisone/iodoquinol.

Important safety information:

  • Hydrocortisone/iodoquinol is for external use only. Do not get hydrocortisone/iodoquinol in your eyes. If contact is made with the eyes, flush them immediately with tap water.
  • Long-term or repeated use of hydrocortisone/iodoquinol may cause a second infection. Tell your doctor if signs of a second infection occur. Your medicine may need to be changed to treat this.
  • If hydrocortisone/iodoquinol is applied to the diaper area, apply a very small amount and do not use tight-fitting diapers or plastic pants.
  • Do NOT take more than the recommended dose or use for longer than prescribed without checking with your doctor.
  • Hydrocortisone/iodoquinol may stain skin and clothing or other fabrics.
  • Check with your doctor before having vaccinations while using hydrocortisone/iodoquinol.
  • Do not use hydrocortisone/iodoquinol for other skin conditions at a later time.
  • Hydrocortisone/iodoquinol has a corticosteroid in it. Before you start any new medicine, check the label to see if it has a corticosteroid in it too. If it does or if you are not sure, check with your doctor or pharmacist.
  • Hydrocortisone/iodoquinol may interfere with certain lab tests, including thyroid function tests and certain phenylketonuria tests. Be sure your doctor and lab personnel know you are using hydrocortisone/iodoquinol. You should wait at least 1 month after stopping treatment with hydrocortisone/iodoquinol to have a thyroid function test.
  • Corticosteroids may affect growth rate in CHILDREN and teenagers in some cases. They may need regular growth checks while they use hydrocortisone/iodoquinol.
  • Hydrocortisone/iodoquinol should be used with extreme caution in CHILDREN younger than 12 years old; safety and effectiveness in these children have not been confirmed.
  • PREGNANCY and BREAST-FEEDING: If you become pregnant, contact your doctor. You will need to discuss the benefits and risks of using hydrocortisone/iodoquinol while you are pregnant. It is not known if hydrocortisone/iodoquinol is found in breast milk after topical use. If you are or will be breast-feeding while you use hydrocortisone/iodoquinol, check with your doctor. Discuss any possible risks to your baby.

Possible side effects of hydrocortisone/ iodoquinol:

All medicines may cause side effects, but many people have no, or minor, side effects. Check with your doctor if any of these most COMMON side effects persist or become bothersome:

Dryness; itching.

Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur:

Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue); acne-like rash; burning, cracking, irritation, or peeling not present before you began using hydrocortisone/iodoquinol; excessive hair growth; inflamed hair follicles; inflammation around the mouth; muscle weakness; thinning, softening, or discoloration of the skin; unusual weight gain, especially in the face.

This is not a complete list of all side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, contact your health care provider. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. To report side effects to the appropriate agency, please read the Guide to Reporting Problems to FDA.

If OVERDOSE is suspected:

Contact 1-800-222-1222 (the American Association of Poison Control Centers), your local poison control center, or emergency room immediately. Symptoms may include increased thirst or urination; muscle weakness; unusual weight gain, especially in the face.

Proper storage of hydrocortisone/iodoquinol:

Store hydrocortisone/iodoquinol at room temperature, between 59 and 86 degrees F (15 and 30 degrees C). Store away from heat, moisture, and light. Do not freeze. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep hydrocortisone/iodoquinol out of the reach of children and away from pets.

General information:

  • If you have any questions about hydrocortisone/iodoquinol, please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
  • Hydrocortisone/iodoquinol is to be used only by the patient for whom it is prescribed. Do not share it with other people.
  • If your symptoms do not improve or if they become worse, check with your doctor.
  • Check with your pharmacist about how to dispose of unused medicine.

This information should not be used to decide whether or not to take hydrocortisone/iodoquinol or any other medicine. Only your health care provider has the knowledge and training to decide which medicines are right for you. This information does not endorse any medicine as safe, effective, or approved for treating any patient or health condition. This is only a brief summary of general information about hydrocortisone/iodoquinol. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to hydrocortisone/iodoquinol. This information is not specific medical advice and does not replace information you receive from your health care provider. You must talk with your healthcare provider for complete information about the risks and benefits of using hydrocortisone/iodoquinol.

Issue Date: September 3, 2014
Database Edition 14.3.1.003
Copyright © 2014 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc.

Disclaimer: This information should not be used to decide whether or not to take this medicine or any other medicine. Only your health care provider has the knowledge and training to decide which medicines are right for you. This information does not endorse any medicine as safe, effective, or approved for treating any patient or health condition. This is only a brief summary of general information about this medicine. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to this medicine. This information is not specific medical advice and does not replace information you receive from your health care provider. You must talk with your healthcare provider for complete information about the risks and benefits of using this medicine.

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