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Scalp-Cort Side Effects

Generic Name: hydrocortisone topical

Note: This page contains side effects data for the generic drug hydrocortisone topical. It is possible that some of the dosage forms included below may not apply to the brand name Scalp-Cort.

It is possible that some side effects of Scalp-Cort may not have been reported. These can be reported to the FDA here. Always consult a healthcare professional for medical advice.

For the Consumer

Applies to hydrocortisone topical: topical application cream, topical application ointment

As well as its needed effects, hydrocortisone topical (the active ingredient contained in Scalp-Cort) may cause unwanted side effects that require medical attention.

If any of the following side effects occur while taking hydrocortisone topical, check with your doctor immediately:

More common
  • Skin rash, encrusted, scaly, and oozing
  • stinging
Less common
  • Burning, itching, redness, skin rash, swelling, or soreness at the application site
  • cough or hoarseness
  • dry skin
  • fever or chills
  • itching in the genital or other skin areas
  • lower back or side pain
  • painful or difficult urination
  • rash
  • rash with flat lesions or small raised lesions on the skin
  • skin irritation
Incidence not known
  • Blistering, burning, crusting, dryness, or flaking of the skin
  • itching, scaling, severe redness, soreness, or swelling of the skin
  • redness and scaling around the mouth
  • thinning of the skin with easy bruising, especially when used on facial or intertriginous areas

Some hydrocortisone topical side effects may not need any medical attention. As your body gets used to the medicine these side effects may disappear. Your health care professional may be able to help you prevent or reduce these side effects, but do check with them if any of the following side effects continue, or if you are concerned about them:

Less common
  • Diarrhea
  • indigestion
  • loss of appetite
  • nausea or vomiting
  • passing of gas
  • stomach pain, fullness, or discomfort
Incidence not known
  • Acne or pimples
  • burning and itching of the skin with pinhead-sized red blisters
  • burning, itching, and pain in hairy areas, or pus at the root of the hair
  • increased hair growth on the forehead, back, arms, and legs
  • lightening of normal skin color
  • lightening of treated areas of dark skin
  • reddish purple lines on the arms, face, legs, trunk, or groin
  • softening of the skin

For Healthcare Professionals

Applies to hydrocortisone topical: compounding powder, rectal cream with applicator, rectal foam, rectal ointment, rectal solution, rectal suppository, topical cream, topical gel, topical kit, topical lotion, topical ointment, topical pad, topical paste, topical solution, topical spray, topical stick

General

The most commonly reported side effects were burning, itching, irritation, dryness, and folliculitis.[Ref]

Cardiovascular

Frequency not reported: Bradycardia, cardiac arrest, cardiac arrhythmias, cardiac enlargement, circulatory collapse, congestive heart failure, fat embolism, hypertension, hypertrophic cardiomyopathy in premature infants, myocardial rupture following recent myocardial infarction, syncope, tachycardia, thromboembolism, thrombophlebitis, vasculitis[Ref]

Endocrine

Frequency not reported: HPA axis suppression, decreased carbohydrate and glucose tolerance, development of cushingoid state, glycosuria, hirsutism, hypertrichosis, increased requirements for insulin or oral hypoglycemic agents in diabetes, manifestations of latent diabetes mellitus, menstrual irregularities, secondary adrenocortical and pituitary unresponsiveness (particularly in times of stress, as in trauma, surgery, or illness), suppression of growth in pediatric patients[Ref]

Immunologic

Frequency not reported: Decreased resistance to infection, concomitant skin infections[Ref]

Ocular

Frequency not reported: Exophthalmos, glaucoma, increased intraocular pressure, posterior subcapsular cataracts, rare instances of blindness associated with periocular injections[Ref]

Psychiatric

Frequency not reported: Depression, emotional instability, euphoria, insomnia, mood swings, personality changes, psychic disorders[Ref]

Local

Frequency not reported: Burning, itching, irritation, dryness, folliculitis[Ref]

Gastrointestinal

Frequency not reported: Abdominal distention, nausea, pancreatitis, peptic ulcer with possible perforation and hemorrhage, perforation of the small and large intestine (particularly in patients with inflammatory bowel disease), ulcerative esophagitis[Ref]

Musculoskeletal

Frequency not reported: Aseptic necrosis of femoral and humeral heads, Charcot-like arthropathy, loss of muscle mass, muscle weakness, osteoporosis, pathologic fracture of long bones, steroid myopathy, tendon rupture, vertebral compression fractures[Ref]

Hypersensitivity

Frequency not reported: Anaphylactoid reaction, anaphylaxis, angioedema[Ref]

Respiratory

Frequency not reported: Pulmonary edema

Dermatologic

Frequency not reported: Acne, allergic dermatitis, cutaneous and subcutaneous atrophy, dry scaly skin, ecchymoses and petechiae, edema, erythema, hyperpigmentation, hypopigmentation, impaired wound healing, increased sweating, rash, sterile abscess, striae, suppressed reactions to skin tests, thin fragile skin, thinning scalp hair, urticaria, miliaria, telangiectasia[Ref]

Metabolic

Frequency not reported: Fluid retention, hypokalemic alkalosis, potassium loss, sodium retention, negative nitrogen balance due to protein catabolism, increased appetite, weight gain[Ref]

Hepatic

Frequency not reported: Elevation in serum liver enzyme levels (usually reversible upon discontinuation), hepatomegaly[Ref]

Nervous system

Frequency not reported: Convulsions, headache, increased intracranial pressure with papilledema (pseudotumor cerebri) usually following discontinuation of treatment, neuritis, neuropathy, vertigo[Ref]

Other

Frequency not reported: Abnormal fat deposits, hiccups, increased or decreased motility and number of spermatozoa, malaise[Ref]

References

1. Cerner Multum, Inc. "UK Summary of Product Characteristics." O 0

2. Cerner Multum, Inc. "Australian Product Information." O 0

3. "Product Information. Pandel (hydrocortisone topical)." Savage Laboratories, Melville, NY.

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