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User Reviews for Hydrocortisone

Also known as: Cortef, Solu-Cortef, Cortenema, Alkindi Sprinkle Cortifoam

Hydrocortisone has an average rating of 7.5 out of 10 from a total of 26 ratings on Drugs.com. 70% of reviewers reported a positive experience, while 13% reported a negative experience.

Condition Avg. Rating Reviews Compare
Adrenocortical Insufficiency  
8.1
12 reviews 47 medications
Addison's Disease  
7.5
8 reviews 39 medications
Inflammatory Conditions  
9.5
3 reviews 120 medications
Ulcerative Colitis  
1.0
2 reviews 77 medications
Ulcerative Proctitis  
4.0
1 reviews 16 medications
Summary of Hydrocortisone reviews 7.5 26 reviews

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Reviews for Hydrocortisone

Anonymous · September 23, 2011

Cortef (hydrocortisone) for Adrenocortical Insufficiency: “After a long chronic stress my adrenals were "burnout" this medicine until now has worked great. The progression has been very slow but with satisfaction. The only side effect was upset stomach(have gone) and frequent urination (have been reduced).”

9 / 10
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Mr.Misdiagnosed · Taken for 6 months to 1 year · October 27, 2019

Cortef (hydrocortisone) for Adrenocortical Insufficiency: “Started experiencing fatigue a few years ago and passed out suddenly. Rushed to hospital with normal cardiac workup and blood tests. After seeing a long list of doctors one finally came to the realization I had adrenal insufficiency. Prescribed 10mg hydrocortisone daily and feel much better.”

9 / 10
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Anonymous · Taken for 6 months to 1 year · July 18, 2013

Cortef (hydrocortisone) for Adrenocortical Insufficiency: “Made stomach upset early on, gurgly/hunger feeling. Goes away. Severe prolonged sub-clinical hypothyroidism resulted in needing this medicine. Makes my Cytomel work. And reduced my anxiety to manageable levels. Even the little painful scab bumps I used to get on my scalp are gone.. gone! Those things were as painful as a bee sting the day after.”

9 / 10
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EllyBee · Taken for 5 to 10 years · September 12, 2019

Cortef (hydrocortisone) for Addison's Disease: “Cortef has saved my life Diagnosed with Addison’s 7 years ago after months of declined health (deathly thin, anxious, random cry spells, brain fog, intense nausea, lower back pain) and eventually slipping into a coma. Once the doctors figured out it was Addison they put me on Cortef. It was a bit of a challenge at first, trying to figure out the right amount for my body however after about 2 years of trail and error I found the right dosage and the proper times to take them as I found that was extremely important. I was also put on Cytomel which I would highly suggest for anyone who’s struggling with Addison’s disease. With those combined meds, Addison’s became controllable. Until I started premenopausal symptoms and now it feels like the first year of my addison diagnosis. I’ve been taking a bit more Cortef as of late to help me through the premenopause which can become more of an issue for the body and brain.”

10 / 10
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Aaron · December 23, 2020

For Adrenocortical Insufficiency: “I’m on 20mg daily split into 3 doses 10mg/ 5mg/5mg Keep my blood pressure stable and blood sugar’s levels But got long term muscle weakness in my legs now So got to use crutches now With out this medication I wouldn’t be here to speak about this. So I’m really gratefull I’m still here.”

8 / 10
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Anonymous · Taken for 1 to 2 years · October 3, 2017

For Addison's Disease: “This medication is life sustaining. I take a total of 20 mg divided into several doses throughout the day. It has supported muscle development so that now, after a year of treatment I am a healthy weight for my height and am able to live an active life. No digestive issues. No sleep issues. No other side effects. My blood pressure has increased to a healthy level. I no longer have spells of dizziness or see stars.”

10 / 10
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Louise · Taken for 1 to 2 years · October 25, 2021

For Adrenocortical Insufficiency: “It worked great for me. As sometimes I would have attacks where I couldn't breathe and the air would go in just in time before I passed out. I was intubated 2 times. My Oxygen was normal and then there was no air at all, it was good I was in the emergency department. THEN ,I went on the cortisone and haven't had any attacks since. LOUISE”

10 / 10
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Anonymous · April 12, 2009

For Adrenocortical Insufficiency: “I was put on this for 3 months. It's been 2 years now and I can't ween off it. My immune system is in bad shape and I'm developing side effects. I wish I'd been put on something else. It was nice at first thinking it was only short term, but now its becoming a bigger problem than help.”

5 / 10
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Anonymous · Taken for 6 months to 1 year · June 13, 2018

For Addison's Disease: “Since being on hydrocortisone I have retained a lot of fluid in my face, neck, arms, legs and stomach!! Before this medication I was happy size 9 and had an athletic physique!! Now I’m a whopping miserable, depressed size 16!! After just one year on this medication!!!!”

8 / 10
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Pete01 · October 16, 2020

For Adrenocortical Insufficiency: “I believe Hydrocortisone is much better than Prednisone. With Hydrocortisone in pill form side effects were minimal to none. Prednisone at 1 pill daily, after three weeks came irregular weight gain, stomach, face, arm, hands & fingers very noticeable swelling. Very painful back and side pain. Salt and water retention, headaches.”

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smiley2 · Taken for less than 1 month · May 13, 2020

For Inflammatory Conditions: “I am using the hydrocortisone cream 2.5%, for a lite case of hemorrhoids, lots of burning and itching. This is some great stuff, way better than Prep-H. Only been using for a week two times a day and hemorrhoids all most gone. And the burning and itching is gone and I have only used half a tube, I will try to keep some of this on hand. Good stuff”

10 / 10
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Ashley · Taken for 1 to 6 months · April 11, 2021

For Adrenocortical Insufficiency: “I have been on oral hydrocortisone for about six months now and trying to decrease the medicine to get completely off of it even though I was on a low-dose before. I have had really bad side effects the whole time taking this drug but I am also very sensitive to medication. My ACTH levels are rising so the drug did it’s job but would not take again unless necessary”

7 / 10
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Terry’s Wife · Taken for 1 to 6 months · January 23, 2021

Cortenema (hydrocortisone) for Ulcerative Colitis: “My husband has been using the Cortenema for 3 months now. He uses it twice a day and it’s done absolutely nothing for his rectosigmoiditis. They just switched him to budesonide on Wednesday so we’ll see if that at least does something for him.”

1 / 10
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Tamsyndecou · Taken for 1 to 6 months · May 19, 2022

For Addison's Disease: “This drug is awful but it saved my life so I’ll give it some credit. It stabilized my blood pressure and no longer in a critical state but I’ve gained so much weight and I had insane anxiety at a higher dose. It would make me uncontrollable agitated and emotionally. But I’m alive and at a lower dose now but I want the weight gone”

6 / 10
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DIV · Taken for 1 to 6 months · December 15, 2021

For Inflammatory Conditions: “I’m using this for desqumative inflammatory vaginitis. When I use it I feel better, but when I stop I feel weird again. I’m still trying to figure out if it’s helping or not. I still have a few weeks, so I’ll see.”

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Anonymous · Taken for 10 years or more · March 24, 2022

For Adrenocortical Insufficiency: “I had surgery in 1997 to partially remove a pituitary tumor which damaged the gland, so I have taken 15 mg. of hydrocortisone daily for almost 25 years to replace my adrenal function. It truly has saved my life! I didn't experience any noticeable side effects, thankfully!”

10 / 10
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Bianca · Taken for less than 1 month · May 17, 2022

For Addison's Disease: “Doing nothing for me. Takes effect in about 10 mins and last about 2 hours. Then, I am back to feeling bad. You know the desperation, the pain everywhere, lights off, no noises, can't breath. I feel like an emergency every day. So fatigued. I have a sudden small cramp inside my right eye every once in a while. It hurts from some time after that like something in the back inside twisted. It comes back another day. Is this a side effect or am I just too far gone?”

1 / 10
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Larry Ann · September 25, 2014

Cortef (hydrocortisone) for Adrenocortical Insufficiency: “Take 25 mg daily - 15mg morning /10mg evening for 46 years. No side effects. No symptoms. Restored my well being!”

10 / 10
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Sinkerball · Taken for 6 months to 1 year · December 26, 2016

For Adrenocortical Insufficiency: “Tests showed my cortisol production was low but I do not feel any better on HC. And I am fatter now than ever before. I even have fat on my mid and lower back.”

3 / 10
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Lenna · October 30, 2008

For Adrenocortical Insufficiency: “This medicine has kept me alive for 20 years with very few side effects.”

9 / 10
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Anonymous · Taken for 1 to 6 months · January 10, 2016

Hydrocortone (hydrocortisone) for Addison's Disease: “Added so much weight,due to this drugs”

8 / 10
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Anonymous · February 9, 2015

Hydrocortone (hydrocortisone) for Addison's Disease: “Feel better,but getting really fat”

8 / 10
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Ted · Taken for 10 years or more · April 29, 2021

For Addison's Disease: “Have been on medication for 30 years. I was on Cortef before. One relapse”

9 / 10
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Anonymous · September 9, 2009

Cortenema (hydrocortisone) for Ulcerative Proctitis: “Night sweats. Many trips to bathroom during the night, urinating.”

4 / 10
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mojo22 · Taken for less than 1 month · January 31, 2017

For Inflammatory Conditions: “This drug saved my life”

9 / 10
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