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User Reviews for Hydrocortisone

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

Hydrocortisone has an average rating of 7.7 out of 10 from a total of 21 ratings on 74% of those users who reviewed Hydrocortisone reported a positive effect, while 11% reported a negative effect.

Condition Avg. Rating Reviews Compare
Adrenocortical Insufficiency  
10 reviews 47 medications
Addison's Disease  
6 reviews 39 medications
Inflammatory Conditions  
2 reviews 120 medications
Ulcerative Colitis  
2 reviews 74 medications
Ulcerative Proctitis  
1 reviews 16 medications
Summary of Hydrocortisone reviews 7.7 21 reviews

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Reviews for Hydrocortisone

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
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
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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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
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
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
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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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
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.”

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
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
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
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
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
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
Lenna October 30, 2008

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

9 / 10
Anonymous February 9, 2015

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

8 / 10
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
Anonymous September 9, 2009

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

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

For Inflammatory Conditions: “This drug saved my life”

9 / 10
Anonymous · Taken for less than 1 month November 2, 2017

For Ulcerative Colitis: “2 times a day and trying to work is not easy. Discomfort and wetness throughout the whole day.”

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