CORTOPIN HYDROCORTISONE OINTMENT

Active substance: HYDROCORTISONE MICRONISED

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PATIENT INFORMATION LEAFLET
CORTOPIN HYDROCORTISONE OINTMENT 1%
1% Hydrocortisone
Read all of this leaflet because it contains important information for you.
This medicine is available without a prescription. However, you still need to use this product carefully to get the best results
from it.

Keep this leaflet. You may need to read it again.

Ask your pharmacist if you need more information or advice.

You must contact a doctor if your symptoms worsen or do not improve after 7 days

If any of the side effects gets serious, or if you notice any side effects not listed in this leaflet, please tell your
doctor or pharmacist.
In this leaflet:
1.
What Cortopin Hydrocortisone Ointment is and what it is used for
2.
Before you use Cortopin Hydrocortisone Ointment
3.
How to use Cortopin Hydrocortisone Ointment
4.
Possible side effects
5.
How to store Cortopin Hydrocortisone Ointment
6.
Further information
1.

WHAT CORTOPIN HYDROCORTISONE OINTMENT IS AND WHAT IT IS USED FOR

Cortopin Hydrocortisone Ointment is a smooth off-white ointment for application to the skin only. It contains hydrocortisone which
belongs to a group of medicines called corticosteroids. Cortopin Hydrocortisone Ointment is used to reduce inflammation in a
variety of inflammatory skin conditions, such as:

mild to moderate eczema

dermatitis caused by irritants or allergens

insect bite reactions
Hydrocortisone should not be confused with anabolic steroids, used by some body builders and taken as tablets or injections.
2.

BEFORE YOU USE CORTOPIN HYDROCORTISONE OINTMENT

Do not use Cortopin Hydrocortisone Ointment:

if you are allergic to hydrocortisone or to any of the other ingredients of Cortopin Hydrocortisone Ointment (see
Section 6 and end of Section 2).

if you have a bacterial infection (e.g. impetigo), viral infection (e.g. cold sores herpes simplex , chicken pox) or
fungal infection (e.g. tinea, also called athlete s foot , ringworm or thrush) of the skin.

on your face or near your eyes, on the anal or genital region, or on broken skin.
Take special care with Cortopin Hydrocortisone Ointment
Cortopin Hydrocortisone Ointment is not suitable for use in the following:

allergic skin reactions including temporary red or raised areas on your skin (short lived wheal and flare reactions)

conditions involving the deeper skin layers, such as granulomas

psoriasis (long term scaly skin condition); only use this product on medical advice and with careful supervision by
your doctor.
Do not cover the area with a plaster or dressing of any kind after application of Cortopin Hydrocortisone Ointment.
Take great care to apply the ointment sparingly to the skin of infants or children, especially in the nappy area which can be
covered for long periods. Covering the treated area can increase absorption. Treatment for infants must not exceed 7 days.
Do not apply the product to your face for long periods of time.
Taking other medicines
Please tell your doctor if you are taking or have recently taken any other medicines, including medicines obtained without a
prescription.
Pregnancy and breast-feeding
Tell your doctor if you are or may be pregnant. Ask your doctor for advice before taking any medicine during pregnancy. There
is a very small risk of abnormalities in the unborn child if this product is used during pregnancy.
If you are breast-feeding, do not apply the product to your chest area.
Important information about some of the ingredients
Cortopin Hydrocortisone Ointment contains wool fat (lanolin) which may cause local skin reactions (e.g. contact dermatitis).
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3.

HOW TO USE CORTOPIN HYDROCORTISONE OINTMENT

FOR EXTERNAL USE ONLY
Always use Cortopin Hydrocortisone Ointment exactly as instructed in this leaflet. If you are not sure, ask your doctor or pharmacist.
Do not exceed the stated dose.
Not for use by children under 10 years of age without medical advice.
For application to the surface of the skin only:
1.
Wash your hands thoroughly before use.
2.
Apply the ointment sparingly to the affected area, once or twice a day for a maximum of 7 days. Massage the ointment
gently into the affected area to help absorption into the skin.
3.
Once applied, do not cover the area with a dressing or plaster.
If the condition has not improved after 7 days, or worsens, consult your doctor.
If you use more Cortopin Hydrocortisone Ointment than you should
If you or a child accidentally swallow the ointment, contact your doctor or nearest hospital immediately. Take the
packet with you to help identification.
If you forget to use Cortopin Hydrocortisone Ointment
If you miss a treatment, apply the ointment as soon as you remember, and apply the remaining doses for that day at evenly
spaced intervals.
If you have any further questions on the use of this product, ask your doctor or pharmacist.
4.

POSSIBLE SIDE EFFECTS

Like all medicines, Cortopin Hydrocortisone Ointment can cause side effects, although not everybody gets them.
You may notice the following:

rash, itchy skin, swelling of the lips, eyes, tongue, or difficulty in breathing may be signs of an allergic reaction.
Stop using Cortopin Hydrocortisone Ointment immediately.

stretch marks may appear, especially in skin folds such as the groin or armpits.
If any of the side effects become severe, or if you notice any side effects not listed in this leaflet, please tell your
doctor or pharmacist.
5.

HOW TO STORE CORTOPIN HYDROCORTISONE OINTMENT

Keep out of the reach and sight of children. Do not store above 25˚C. Store in the original package and keep the tube in the
outer carton. Do not use Cortopin Hydrocortisone Ointment after the expiry date which is stated on the tube/carton.
Medicines should not be disposed of via wastewater or household waste. Ask your pharmacist how to dispose of medicines
no longer required. These measures will help to protect the environment.
6.

FURTHER INFORMATION

What Cortopin Hydrocortisone Ointment contains:

The active substance is hydrocortisone and the ointment contains 10 mg in every 1g (1%).

The other ingredients are wool fat (lanolin), liquid paraffin and white soft paraffin (see end of Section 2 for
further information).
What Cortopin Hydrocortisone Ointment looks like and contents of the pack
The product is a smooth, off-white ointment and is available in aluminium tubes containing 15g.
Marketing Authorisation Holder and Manufacturer
Pinewood Laboratories Ltd., Ballymacarbry, Clonmel, Co. Tipperary, Ireland.
PL 04917/0020
This leaflet was last updated in 06/2008

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Source: Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency

Disclaimer: Every effort has been made to ensure that the information provided here is accurate, up-to-date and complete, but no guarantee is made to that effect. Drug information contained herein may be time sensitive. This information has been compiled for use by healthcare practitioners and consumers in the United States. The absence of a warning for a given drug or combination thereof in no way should be construed to indicate that the drug or combination is safe, effective or appropriate for any given patient. If you have questions about the substances you are taking, check with your doctor, nurse or pharmacist.

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