Hydrocortisone and iodoquinol (Topical application)
hye-droe-KOR-ti-sone AS-e-tate, eye-oh-doe-KWIN-ol
Medically reviewed on June 7, 2018
Commonly used brand name(s)
In the U.S.
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Therapeutic Class: Anti-Infective/Anti-Inflammatory Combination
Pharmacologic Class: Hydrocortisone
Chemical Class: Halogenated Hydroxyquinoline
Uses For This Medicine
Hydrocortisone and iodoquinol is a combined anti-infective and cortisone-like medicine. Hydrocortisone and iodoquinol topical cream is used to treat infections of the skin and to help provide relief from the redness, itching, and discomfort of many skin problems.
Hydrocortisone and iodoquinol is available only with your doctor's prescription.
Before Using This Medicine
In deciding to use a medicine, the risks of taking the medicine must be weighed against the good it will do. This is a decision you and your doctor will make. For hydrocortisone and iodoquinol, the following should be considered:
Tell your doctor if you have ever had any unusual or allergic reaction to hydrocortisone and iodoquinol or any other medicines. Also tell your health care professional if you have any other types of allergies, such as to foods, dyes, preservatives, or animals. For non-prescription products, read the label or package ingredients carefully.
Appropriate studies have not been performed on the relationship of age to the effects of hydrocortisone and iodoquinol topical cream in children younger than 12 years of age. Safety and efficacy have not been established.
No information is available on the relationship of age to the effects of hydrocortisone and iodoquinol topical cream in geriatric patients.
Interactions with Medicines
Although certain medicines should not be used together at all, in other cases two different medicines may be used together even if an interaction might occur. In these cases, your doctor may want to change the dose, or other precautions may be necessary. When you are taking hydrocortisone and iodoquinol, it is especially important that your healthcare professional know if you are taking any of the medicines listed below. The following interactions have been selected on the basis of their potential significance and are not necessarily all-inclusive.
Using hydrocortisone and iodoquinol with any of the following medicines is not recommended. Your doctor may decide not to treat you with this medication or change some of the other medicines you take.
- Rotavirus Vaccine, Live
Using hydrocortisone and iodoquinol with any of the following medicines is usually not recommended, but may be required in some cases. If both medicines are prescribed together, your doctor may change the dose or how often you use one or both of the medicines.
- Amtolmetin Guacil
- Choline Salicylate
- Flufenamic Acid
- Mefenamic Acid
- Niflumic Acid
- Nimesulide Beta Cyclodextrin
- Salicylic Acid
- Sodium Salicylate
- Tiaprofenic Acid
- Tolfenamic Acid
Using hydrocortisone and iodoquinol with any of the following medicines may cause an increased risk of certain side effects, but using both drugs may be the best treatment for you. If both medicines are prescribed together, your doctor may change the dose or how often you use one or both of the medicines.
Interactions with Food/Tobacco/Alcohol
Certain medicines should not be used at or around the time of eating food or eating certain types of food since interactions may occur. Using alcohol or tobacco with certain medicines may also cause interactions to occur. Discuss with your healthcare professional the use of your medicine with food, alcohol, or tobacco.
Other Medical Problems
The presence of other medical problems may affect the use of hydrocortisone and iodoquinol. Make sure you tell your doctor if you have any other medical problems, especially:
- Infection of the skin at or near the place of application or
- Large sores, broken skin, or severe skin injury at the place of application—The chance of side effects may be increased.
Proper Use of This Medicine
It is very important that you use hydrocortisone and iodoquinol only as directed by your doctor. Do not use more of it, do not use it more often, and do not use it for a longer time than your doctor ordered. To do so may cause unwanted side effects or skin irritation.
Hydrocortisone and iodoquinol is for use on the skin only. Do not get it in your eyes, nose, lips, or vagina. Do not use it on skin areas that have cuts, scrapes, or burns. If it does get on these areas, rinse it off right away with water.
To help clear up your skin problem completely, it is very important that you keep using hydrocortisone and iodoquinol for the full time of treatment.
Hydrocortisone and iodoquinol should only be used for skin conditions that your doctor is treating. Check with your doctor before using it for other conditions, especially if you think that a skin infection may be present. Hydrocortisone and iodoquinol should not be used to treat certain kinds of skin infections or conditions, such as severe burns.
- Wash your hands with soap and water before and after using hydrocortisone and iodoquinol.
- Apply a thin layer of hydrocortisone and iodoquinol to the affected area of the skin. Rub it in gently.
- Do not bandage or otherwise wrap the area of the skin being treated unless directed to do so by your doctor.
The dose of hydrocortisone and iodoquinol will be different for different patients. Follow your doctor's orders or the directions on the label. The following information includes only the average doses of hydrocortisone and iodoquinol. If your dose is different, do not change it unless your doctor tells you to do so.
The amount of medicine that you take depends on the strength of the medicine. Also, the number of doses you take each day, the time allowed between doses, and the length of time you take the medicine depend on the medical problem for which you are using the medicine.
- For topical dosage form (cream):
- For bacterial and fungus infections:
- Adults and children 12 years of age and older—Apply to the affected area of the skin three to four times a day.
- Children younger than 12 years of age—Use and dose must be determined by your doctor.
- For bacterial and fungus infections:
If you miss a dose of hydrocortisone and iodoquinol, apply it as soon as possible. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule.
Store the medicine in a closed container at room temperature, away from heat, moisture, and direct light. Keep from freezing.
Keep out of the reach of children.
Do not keep outdated medicine or medicine no longer needed.
Ask your healthcare professional how you should dispose of any medicine you do not use.
Precautions While Using This Medicine
It is very important that your doctor check the progress of you or your child at regular visits for any unwanted effects that may be caused by hydrocortisone and iodoquinol.
If your or your child's symptoms do not improve within a few weeks, or if they becomes worse, check with your doctor.
Hydrocortisone and iodoquinol may stain your skin, hair, or clothes. Talk to your doctor if you have concerns about this.
Avoid using tight-fitting diapers or plastic pants on a child if hydrocortisone and iodoquinol is being used on the child's diaper area. Plastic pants and tight-fitting diapers may increase the chance of absorption of the medicine through the skin and the chance of side effects.
Before you have any medical tests, tell the medical doctor in charge that you are using hydrocortisone and iodoquinol. The results of some tests may be affected by hydrocortisone and iodoquinol.
Do not use cosmetics or other skin care products on the treated skin areas.
This Medicine Side Effects
Along with its needed effects, a medicine may cause some unwanted effects. Although not all of these side effects may occur, if they do occur they may need medical attention.
Check with your doctor immediately if any of the following side effects occur:
Incidence not known
- Blistering, burning, crusting, dryness, flaking, scaling, severe redness, soreness, or swelling of the skin
- burning and itching of the skin with pinhead-sized red blisters
- burning, itching, and pain in hairy areas, or pus at the root of hair
- reddish purple lines on the arms, face, legs, trunk, or groin
- redness and scaling around the mouth
- softening of the skin
- thinning of the skin with easy bruising, especially when used on the face or where the skin folds together (eg, between the fingers)
Some side effects may occur that usually do not need medical attention. These side effects may go away during treatment as your body adjusts to the medicine. Also, your health care professional may be able to tell you about ways to prevent or reduce some of these side effects. Check with your health care professional if any of the following side effects continue or are bothersome or if you have any questions about them:
Incidence not known
- Acne or pimples
- increased hair growth on the forehead, back, arms, and legs
- lightening of normal skin color
- lightening of the treated areas of dark skin
Other side effects not listed may also occur in some patients. If you notice any other effects, check with your healthcare professional.
Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
See also: Side effects (in more detail)
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