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Package insert / prescribing information
Generic name: hydrocortisone and iodoquinol
Dosage form: cream
Drug class: Topical steroids with anti-infectives

Medically reviewed by Last updated on Sep 21, 2021.

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Dermazene Description

Each gram of Dermazene® Cream 1% contains 10 mg of hydrocortisone and 10 mg of iodoquinol in a cream base of purified water, propylene glycol, cerasynt SE, amerchol L101, isopropyl palmitate, cetyl alcohol, arlacel 60, myrj 52, tween 60, sorbic acid, methyl paraben and propyl paraben.

Chemically, hydrocortisone is [Pregn-4-ene-3,20-dione, 11, 17, 21-trihydroxy-(11β)-] with the molecular formula (C21H30O5) and is represented by the following structural formula:

and iodoquinol, 5,7-diiodo-8-quinolinol (C9H5I2NO) is represented by the following structure:

Hydrocortisone is an anti-inflammatory and antipruritic agent, while iodoquinol is an antifungal and antibacterial agent.

Dermazene - Clinical Pharmacology

Hydrocortisone has anti-inflammatory, antipruritic and vasoconstrictor properties. The mechanism of anti-inflammatory activity is unclear. There is some evidence to suggest that a recognizable correlation exists between vasoconstrictor potency and therapeutic efficacy in man.

Iodoquinol has both antifungal and antibacterial properties.


The extent of percutaneous absorption of topical corticosteroids is determined by many factors including vehicle, the integrity of the epidermal barrier, and the use of occlusive dressings.

Hydrocortisone can be absorbed from normal intact skin. Inflammation and/or other inflammatory disease processes in the skin increase percutaneous absorption. Occlusive dressings substantially increase the percutaneous absorption of topical corticosteroids.

Once absorbed through the skin, hydrocortisone is metabolized in the liver and most body tissues to hydrogenated and degraded forms such as tetrahydrocortisone and tetrahydrocortisol. These are excreted in the urine, mainly conjugated as glucuronides, together with a very small proportion of unchanged hydrocortisone.

There are no data available regarding the percutaneous absorption of Iodoquinol; however, following oral administration, 3-5% of the dose was recovered in the urine as a glucuronide.

Based on a review of a related drug by the National Research Council and subsequent FDA classification for that drug, the indications are as follows: "Possibly" Effective: Contact or atopic dermatitis; impetiginized eczema; nummular eczema; infantile eczema; endogenous chronic infectious dermatitis; stasis dermatitis; pyoderma; nuchal eczema and chronic eczematoid otitis externa; acne urticata; localized or disseminated neurodermatitis; lichen simplex chronicus; anogenital pruritus (vulvae, scroti, ani); folliculitis; bacterial declatoses; mycotic dermatoses such as tinea (capitis, cruris, corporis, pedis); moniliasis, intertrigo. Final classification of the less-than-effective indications requires further investigation.


Dermazene Cream is contraindicated in those patients with a history of hypersensitivity to hydrocortisone, iodoquinol or any other components of the preparation.

Warnings and Precautions

For external use only. Keep away from eyes. If irritation develops, the use of Dermazene Cream should be discontinued and appropriate therapy instituted. Staining of the skin and fabrics may occur. If extensive areas are treated or if the occlusive technique is used, the possibility exists of increased systemic absorption of the corticosteroid, and suitable precautions should be taken. Children may absorb proportionally larger amounts of the corticosteroids and thus be more susceptible to systemic toxicity. Parents of pediatric patients should be advised not to use tightfitting diapers or plastic pants on a child being treated in the diaper area, as these garments may constitute occlusive dressings. Iodoquinol may be absorbed through the skin and interfere with thyroid function tests. If such tests are contemplated, wait at least one month after discontinuance of therapy to perform these tests. The ferric chloride test for phenylketonuria (PKU) can yield a false positive result if iodoquinol is present in the diaper or urine.

Prolonged use may result in overgrowth of non-susceptible organisms requiring appropriate therapy. Keep out of reach of children.

Carcinogenesis, Mutagenesis, and Impairment of Fertility

Long term animal studies have not been performed to evaluate the carcinogenic potential or the effect on fertility of hydrocortisone or Iodoquinol.

In vitro studies to determine mutagenicity with hydrocortisone have revealed negative results. Mutagenicity studies have not been conducted with iodoquinol.

Pregnancy Category C

Animal reproductive studies have not been conducted with Dermazene Cream. It is not known whether Dermazene Cream can cause fetal harm when administered to a pregnant woman or can affect reproductive capacity. Dermazene Cream should be given to a pregnant woman only if clearly needed.

Nursing Mothers

It is not known whether this drug is excreted in human milk. Because many drugs are excreted in human milk, caution should be exercised when Dermazene Cream is administered to a nursing woman.

Pediatric Use

Safety and effectiveness in children under the age of 12 have not been established.

Adverse Reactions

The following local adverse reactions are reported infrequently with topical corticosteroids. These reactions are listed in an approximate decreasing order of occurrence:

Acneiform eruptions
Perioral dermatitis
Allergic contact dermatitis
Maceration of the skin
Secondary infection
Skin atrophy

Dermazene Dosage and Administration

Apply to affected area 3 to 4 times daily in accordance with physician's directions.

How is Dermazene Supplied

1 OZ tube 58980-811-10

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Manufactured by: Tarmac Products Inc., Miami Gardens, FL 33014 for
Stratus Pharmaceuticals Inc., 12379 SW 130th Street Miami, Florida 33186
Customer Service: 1-800-442-7882 / fax 305-254-6875

©1999 Stratus Pharmaceuticals Inc
JG-DCI2007-06 (12/99)



NDC 58980-811-10
Net WT. 28.4g

Dermazene® CREAM


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hydrocortisone and iodoquinol cream
Product Information
Product Type HUMAN PRESCRIPTION DRUG LABEL Item Code (Source) NDC:58980-811
Route of Administration TOPICAL DEA Schedule
Active Ingredient/Active Moiety
Ingredient Name Basis of Strength Strength
hydrocortisone (hydrocortisone) hydrocortisone 10 mg in 1 g
Iodoquinol (Iodoquinol) Iodoquinol 10 mg in 1 g
Product Characteristics
Color YELLOW (light yellow) Score
Shape Size
Flavor Imprint Code
# Item Code Package Description
1 NDC:58980-811-10 1 TUBE in 1 BOX
1 28.4 g in 1 TUBE
Marketing Information
Marketing Category Application Number or Monograph Citation Marketing Start Date Marketing End Date
Labeler - Stratus Pharamceuticals, Inc (789001641)
Name Address ID/FEI Operations
TARMAC PRODUCTS INC 059890491 MANUFACTURE(58980-811), LABEL(58980-811), PACK(58980-811)
Stratus Pharamceuticals, Inc

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