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• Heart failure - problems with the pumping of your
heart indicated by swollen ankles, chest pain,
beating of the heart, irregular or very fast or slow
pulse; hypertension (high blood pressure, indicated
by headaches, or generally feeling unwell).
Steroids including Hitoden Tablets can cause serious
mental health problems. These are common in both
adults and children. They can affect about 5 in every
100 people taking medicines like Hitoden Tablets.
• Feeling depressed, including thinking about suicide.
• Feeling high (mania) or moods that go up and down.

in thinking or being confused and losing your
memory.
• Feeling, seeing or hearing things which do not exist.
Having strange and frightening thoughts, changing
how you act or having feelings of being alone.
Tell your doctor if you experience any of the following:
Effects on your digestive system
• Swollen abdomen.
• Ulcers or thrush in the gullet (discomfort on
swallowing).
• Indigestion.
• Bloating
• Hiccups
Effects on your muscles and bones
• Muscle weakness or wasting.
• Osteoporosis (brittle bones – bones that break
easily).
• Broken bones or fractures
• Breakdown of bone due to poor circulation of blood
(pain in the hip).

groin).
• Torn muscle tendons (pain and/or swelling).
Effects on your body water and salts
• Cramps and spasms due to the loss of the
potassium salts from your body. In rare cases, loss
of potassium can lead to palpitations (an uneven
beating of your heart that you become aware of).
Effects on your hormones and metabolic system
• Suppression of normal growth in children
• Irregular or no periods in women.
• increased hair on the body and face in women
• round or moon-shaped face
• increased appetite and weight gain
• Increase in blood sugar levels, breakdown of body
protein stores (loss of weight and muscle loss in
arms or legs), loss of calcium and nitrogen.
Effects on your skin
• thin or delicate skin, bruising, red or purple spots
• slow healing of cuts or wounds
• acne, sweating, redness
• stretch marks
Effects on your eyes
• changes in vision as a result of cataracts or
glaucoma (increased pressure inside the eye)
• thinning of the surface of the eye
• eye infections may get worse
• bulging eyes.

Reporting of side effects: If you get any side effects,
talk to your doctor, pharmacist or nurse. This includes
can also report side effects directly via the Yellow Card
Scheme at: www.mhra.gov.uk/yellowcard. By reporting
side effects you can help provide more information on
the safety of this medicine.
5. How to store Hitoden Tablets
• Keep out of the reach and sight of children
• Do not store above 25°C. Store them in the
original package and out of the light.
• Do not put your tablets into another container,
in case they get mixed up.
• Do not use Hitoden Tablets after the expiry date,
which is marked on the outside of the pack. The
expiry date refers to the last day of that month.
• Medicines should not be disposed of via wastewater
or household waste. Ask your pharmacist how to
dispose of medicines no longer required. These
measures will help to protect the environment.
6. Further information
Hitoden Tablets contain the active ingredient
hydrocortisone. The other ingredients are lactose,
magnesium stearate, maize starch.
Hitoden Tablets comes in two strengths.
• White tablet marked HYD 10 contains 10 mg
hydrocortisone. The tablets are scored so that they
can easily be broken into halves or quarters. This
can allow you to take lower dose of half of a tablet
(5mg) or quarter of a tablet (2.5mg).
• White tablet marked HYD 20 contains 20 mg
hydrocortisone. The tablets are scored so that they
can easily be broken into halves. This can allow you
to take lower dose of half of a tablet (10mg).
Hitoden Tablets come in packs of 30 tablets.
Marketing authorisation holder: Auden Mckenzie
(Pharma Division) Ltd., Whiddon Valley, Barnstaple,
North Devon, EX32 8NS, UK.
Manufacturer: TioFarma BV, Benjamin Franklinstraat
9, Oud-Beijerland, The Netherlands.
Further information about your condition may be
available from The Pituitary Foundation, P.O. Box 1944,
Bristol, BS99 2UB Telephone: 0845 450 0375.
(The Pituitary Foundation is an independent
organisation, it is not associated with Auden
Mckenzie (Pharma Division) Ltd.).

For information in large print, on tape, on CD
or in Braille, phone 01271 385 257.
.
November 2015

PATIENT INFORMATION LEAFLET
Hitoden® 10 mg and 20 mg Tablets
(Hydrocortisone)


• If you have further questions, please ask your doctor or your pharmacist.
• This medicine has been prescribed for you personally and you should not pass it on to others. It may harm
them, even if their symptoms are the same as yours.

doctor or pharmacist.
• Hitoden tablets are a steroid medicine, prescribed for many different conditions, including serious illnesses
• You need to take it regularly
• Don’t stop taking this medicine without talking to your doctor - you may need to reduce the dose gradually
• Hitoden Tablets can cause side effects in some people (read ‘Possible side effects’ section below). Some
problems such as mood changes (feeling depressed, or ‘high’), or stomach problems can happen straight
away. If you feel unwell in any way, keep taking your tablets, but see your doctor straight away
• Some side effects only happen after weeks or months. These include weakness of arms and legs, or
developing a rounder face (read ‘Possible side effects’ section for more information)
• If you take it for more than 3 weeks, you will get a blue ‘steroid card’: always keep it with you and show it to
any doctor or nurse treating you
• Keep away from people who have chicken-pox or shingles, if you have never had them. They could affect
you severely. If you do come into contact with chicken pox or shingles, see your doctor straight away.
It includes other important information on the safe and effective use of this
medicine that might be especially important for you.

1. What Hitoden tablets are and what are they used for
2. Before taking Hitoden tablets
3. How to take Hitoden tablets
4. Possible side effects
5. How to store Hitoden tablets
6. Further information
1. What Hitoden Tablets are and what are they
used for
Hitoden Tablets contain a medicine called
hydrocortisone. This belongs to a group of medicines
called ‘steroids’. Their full name is corticosteroids.
These corticosteroids occur naturally in the body, and
help to maintain health and well-being. Boosting your
body with extra corticosteroid (such as Hitoden
Tablets) is an effective way to treat various illnesses
otherwise go on making your condition worse. You
must take this medicine regularly to get maximum
Hitoden Tablets are used for:
• adding hydrocortisone usually made naturally in the
body because part of the adrenal gland is not
working properly
• adding hydrocortisone after injuries, surgery or other
stressful events
• some other types of illness.
Ask your doctor to explain why you have been given
Hitoden Tablets if you are unsure.

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Before you take Hitoden Tablets
• You have ever had severe depression or manic
depression (bipolar disorder). This includes having
had depression before or while taking steroid
medicines like Hitoden Tablets.
• any of your close family has had these illnesses.
If either of these applies to you, talk to a doctor
before taking Hitoden Tablets.
Do not take Hitoden Tablets if you:
• are allergic (hypersensitive) to hydrocortisone or any
of the other ingredients of Hitoden Tablets
• have thrush, candida or any other fungal infection.
If you are not sure talk to your doctor or pharmacist
before taking Hitoden Tablets.
Take special care with Hitoden Tablets
Check with your doctor before taking your medicine if:
• you have recently had a heart attack
• you have a heart condition called congestive heart
disease
• you have septicaemia, tuberculosis (TB) or have had
it in the past

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• you have a stomach ulcer or other digestive problem
• you have chicken pox or shingles
• you come in contact with people who have chicken
pox or shingles, especially if you have not already
had these illnesses or are not sure if you have had
them
• you have a herpes infection in the eye called ocular
herpes simplex
• you had muscle weakness after taking steroids in
the past
• you have recently visited a tropical country
• you have bowel problems such as ulcerative colitis
• you have epilepsy
• you have thrombophlebitis (swelling and redness
along a vein which is extremely tender when
touched)
• you have exanthematous disease (disease affecting
the skin, rash)
• you have metastatic carcinoma (cancer that has
spread from one part of the body to another)
• you are taking Hitoden Tablets for a long time
increases your chance of getting infections
• you have amoebic dysentery and an infestation of a
gut worm (strongyloidiasis), it may be activated or
become worse.
Also, check with your doctor if any of the following
problems run in your family, or if you have any of them:
• diabetes
• heart problems
• high blood pressure
• an eye condition called ‘glaucoma’
• kidney or liver problems
• a type of muscle weakening problem called
‘myasthenia gravis’
• thinning of the bones (osteoporosis)
• low thyroid levels (hypothyroidism).
If you are not sure if any of the above run in your
family, or you have them, talk to your doctor or
pharmacist before taking a tablet.
Mental Problems while taking Hitoden Tablets
Mental problems can happen while taking steroids
like Hitoden Tablets (see also section 4 Possible Side
Effects).
• These illnesses can be serious.
• Usually they start within a few days or weeks of
starting the medicine.
• They are more likely to happen at high doses.
• Most of these problems go away if the dose is
lowered or the medicine is stopped.
• However, if problems do happen they might need
treatment.
Talk to a doctor if you (or someone taking this
medicine), shows any signs of mental problems.
This is particularly important if you are depressed,
or might be thinking about suicide. In a few cases,
mental problems have happened when doses are
being lowered or stopped.
Taking other medicines
Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking or have
recently taken any other medicines including those

obtained without a prescription. This includes herbal
medicines. This is because Hitoden Tablets can affect
the way some medicines work.
Also, some other medicines can affect the way Hitoden
Tablets work.
In particular do not take this medicine and tell your
doctor or pharmacist if you are taking any of the
following:
• aspirin

phenobarbital, carbamazepine and primidone
• cough and cold medicines that contain a
decongestant called ephedrine
• medicines used for TB (tuberculosis) called rifabutin
or rifampicin
• medicines used to thin the blood such as warfarin
• water tablets (diuretics)
• some medicines for fungal infections such as
amphotericin and ketoconazole
• a medicine for cancer called aminoglutethimide
• some medicines for heart failure such as digoxin,
furosemide or bumetanide
• a medicine used for some infections called
erythromycin
• oral contraceptive pills and hormone replacement
therapy (HRT)
• a type of growth hormone called somatropin
• some medicines for high blood pressure
• some medicines for heart disease such as
guanethidine, isosorbide mononitrate, isosorbide
dinitrate and theophylline
• medicines sometimes used for asthma, low blood
pressure or in cough and cold remedies called
sympathomimetics
• calcium supplements

such as ibuprofen, diclofenac or naproxen
• a medicine for urea cycle disorder called sodium
phenylbutyrate (usually started by a specialist doctor
or consultant)
• medicines for diabetes.
• ritonavir (a medicine used in the treatment of HIV
infections)
• methotrexate (a medicine used to treat rheumatoid
arthritis)
• Ciclosporin (a medicine used for psoriasis or in
patients who have organ transplants)
• minoxidil & hydralazine (used for antihypertensive)
If you are not sure if any of the above apply to you,
talk to your doctor or pharmacist before taking Hitoden
Tablets.
Hitoden Tablets and infections
Infections are easier to get and harder to spot while
you are taking Hitoden Tablets.
Stay away from anyone you know with:
• chickenpox
• shingles
• measles.
See your doctor if you think you may have picked up
an infection.

Pregnancy and breast-feeding
Talk to your doctor before taking this medicine if
you are pregnant, might become pregnant or are
breastfeeding.
Driving and using machines
Steroids may cause a feeling of movement, even while
you are still and this can cause you to feel dizzy
(vertigo). Changes in your eyesight or muscle
weakness may also happen. If you are affected you
should not drive or operate machinery.
Taking Hitoden Tablets with food and drink
Hitoden Tablets can be taken with or without food.
Having vaccines or tests while you are taking
Hitoden Tablets
Tell your doctor that you are taking Hitoden Tablets
if you are to receive any vaccinations or have any
diagnostic or laboratory tests. This is because
steroids can affect the results of some tests.
Having surgery while you are taking Hitoden Tablets
If you are having surgery requiring an anaesthetic tell
your doctor you are taking Hitoden Tablets.
Information you should carry while you are taking
Hitoden Tablets
If you are taking Hitoden Tablets, get a steroid card
from your pharmacist, and carry it with you. It shows
what you are taking and who your doctor is in case of
an emergency.
If you have an accident, fall ill or see a different doctor
while taking Hitoden Tablets, show them your steroid
card or, tell whoever treats you that you are taking
Hitoden Tablets, because your dose may need to be
changed.
Important information about some of the ingredients
of Hitoden Tablets
Hitoden Tablets contain lactose, which is a type of
sugar. If you have been told by your doctor that you
cannot tolerate or digest some sugars (have an
intolerance to some sugars), talk to your doctor before
taking this medicine.
3. How to take Hitoden Tablets
Always take Hitoden Tablets exactly as your doctor has
told you. You should check with your doctor or
pharmacist if you are not sure.
Taking this medicine
You should take this medicine by mouth. The amount
you take each day will depend on your illness. The
number of tablets to be taken will be on the label of
your medicine. If you are unsure about the dose you
should take, you must talk to your doctor or
pharmacist. The usual doses of Hitoden Tablets are:
Adults
• 20 to 30 mg a day.
• Sometimes it is taken with 4 to 6 g of salt (sodium
Children
• 0.4 to 0.8 mg a day, for every kilogram of your
child’s weight in two or three separate doses.

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• Children will be prescribed the lowest possible dose.
• The doctor will keep an eye on their growth and
development.
If you take more Hitoden Tablets than you should
If you take too many tablets by mistake, contact your
doctor as soon as possible.
If you forget to take Hitoden Tablets
• If you forget to take your dose, skip the missed dose.
• Take the next dose as normal.
• Do not take a double dose to make up for a
forgotten dose.
If you are thinking about stopping or have recently
been told to stop Hitoden Tablets
It is dangerous to reduce your dose of Hitoden Tablets
too quickly. Stopping Hitoden Tablets may leave you
without enough steroid hormones in your body. This
may cause withdrawal symptoms such as:
• pains in muscles or joints
• fever
• general discomfort.
Your doctor or pharmacist will give you advice on how
to reduce the number of tablets you take if you need
to do this.
If you have any further questions on the use of this
product, ask your doctor or pharmacist.
4. Possible side effects
Like all medicines, Hitoden Tablets can cause side
effects, although not everybody gets them. People
taking steroids to replace similar naturally occurring
hormones, should be less likely to get side effects
than, people taking steroids for other illnesses. Your
doctor will want to see you now and then to look out
for these effects.
Tell your doctor straight away if you notice any of
these problems, or if you think you are at increased
risk of infection (e.g. you have been in contact with
someone who has an infection):
• An allergic reaction such as skin rash, swelling of
the face or wheezing.
• Irregular or very fast or slow pulse, faintness.
• Muscle cramps or spasms.
• Pseudotumourcerebri in children (raised pressure
within the skull, indicated by headaches with
vomiting, listlessness and drowsiness); this usually
occurs after treatment is stopped.
• Nausea, vomiting.
• Burst or bleeding ulcers (indicated by stomach pain
especially if it seems to spread to your back,
bleeding from the back passage, black stools or
vomiting with blood in the vomit).
• Acute pancreatitis (abdominal pain, possibly
accompanied by shock, i.e. low blood pressure
with decreased output of urine and often loss of
consciousness).
• A worsening of sight.
• Thrombosis (a blood clot in a vein in your leg, symptoms of which are a swollen, red, hot, tender muscle).
• Thromboembolism (a blood clot which may go to the
lung, symptoms of which are sudden chest pain and
coughing up blood).
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