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Scalacort

Generic Name: hydrocortisone topical (hye droe KOR ti sone)
Brand Name: Ala-Cort, Aquanil HC, Beta HC, Caldecort, Cortaid, Dermarest Plus Anti-Itch, Dermasorb HC, Dermtex HC, Gynecort Maximum Strength, Instacort, Itch-X Lotion, Locoid, Pandel, Pediaderm HC, Sarnol-HC, Scalacort, Texacort, U-Cort, Westcort

Medically reviewed: August 22, 2017

Medically reviewed on March 5, 2018.

What is Scalacort?

Hydrocortisone is a topical steroid that reduces the actions of chemicals in the body that cause inflammation.

Scalacort is used to treat inflammation of the skin caused by a number of conditions such as allergic reactions, eczema, or psoriasis.

There are many brands and forms of Scalacort available and not all brands are listed on this leaflet.

Scalacort may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.

Important Information

Follow all directions on your medicine label and package. Tell each of your healthcare providers about all your medical conditions, allergies, and all medicines you use.

Before taking this medicine

You should not use this medicine if you are allergic to hydrocortisone.

Scalacort will not treat a bacterial, fungal, or viral skin infection.

Ask a doctor or pharmacist if it is safe for you to use this medicine if you have other medical conditions, especially:

It is not known whether Scalacort will harm an unborn baby. Ask a doctor before using this medicine if you are pregnant.

It is not known whether Scalacort passes into breast milk or if it could affect a nursing baby. Ask a doctor before using this medicine if you are breast-feeding.

Do not use this medicine on a child without medical advice.

How should I use Scalacort?

Use exactly as directed on the label, or as prescribed by your doctor. Do not use in larger or smaller amounts or for longer than recommended.

Scalacort will not treat a bacterial, fungal, or viral skin infection.

Wash your hands before and after each application, unless you are using Scalacort to treat a hand condition.

Apply a small amount to the affected area and rub it gently into the skin.

Avoid using this medicine on your face, near your eyes or mouth, or on body areas where you have skin folds or thin skin.

Do not cover the treated skin area unless your doctor tells you to.

If you are treating the diaper area of a baby, do not use plastic pants or tight-fitting diapers. Covering the skin that is treated with Scalacort can increase the amount of the drug your skin absorbs, which may lead to unwanted side effects. Follow your doctor's instructions.

Call your doctor if your symptoms do not improve, or if they get worse while using Scalacort.

Store at room temperature away from moisture and heat.

What happens if I miss a dose?

Use the missed dose as soon as you remember. Skip the missed dose if it is almost time for your next scheduled dose. Do not use extra medicine to make up the missed dose.

What happens if I overdose?

Seek emergency medical attention or call the Poison Help line at 1-800-222-1222 if anyone has accidentally swallowed the medication.

An overdose of Scalacort is not expected to produce life threatening symptoms. However, long term use of high steroid doses can lead to symptoms such as thinning skin, easy bruising, changes in the shape or location of body fat (especially in your face, neck, back, and waist), increased acne or facial hair, menstrual problems, impotence, or loss of interest in sex.

What should I avoid while using Scalacort?

Do not take by mouth. Scalacort is for use only on the skin. Do not use this medicine on open wounds or on sunburned, windburned, dry, chapped, or irritated skin. If this medication gets in your eyes, nose, mouth, rectum, or vagina, rinse with water.

Rinse with water if this medication gets in your eyes.

Avoid using skin products that can cause irritation, such as harsh soaps, shampoos, or skin cleansers, hair coloring or permanent chemicals, hair removers or waxes, or skin products with alcohol, spices, astringents, or lime.

Scalacort side effects

Get emergency medical help if you have signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficult breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

Topical steroid medicine can be absorbed through the skin, which may cause steroid side effects throughout the body. Stop using Scalacort and call your doctor if you have:

  • weight gain (especially in your face or your upper back and torso);

  • slow wound healing, thinning skin, increased body hair;

  • irregular menstrual periods, changes in sexual function; or

  • muscle weakness, tired feeling, depression, anxiety, feeling irritable.

Children can absorb larger amounts of this medicine through the skin and may be more likely to have side effects.

Common side effects may include:

  • acne, skin redness;

  • mild burning, tingling or prickly feeling;

  • changes in skin color; or

  • dryness or cracking of treated skin.

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

See also: Side effects (in more detail)

What other drugs will affect Scalacort?

It is not likely that other drugs you take orally or inject will have an effect on topically applied hydrocortisone. But many drugs can interact with each other. Tell each of your health care providers about all medicines you use, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products.

Further information

Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children, never share your medicines with others, and use this medication only for the indication prescribed.

Always consult your healthcare provider to ensure the information displayed on this page applies to your personal circumstances.

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