HYDROCORTISONE OINTMENT 1%
Active substance(s): HYDROCORTISONE / HYDROCORTISONE MICRONISED
PATIENT INFORMATION LEAFLET
HYDROCORTISONE 1% w/w OINTMENT
FOR EXTERNAL USE ONLY
Read all of this leaflet because it contains important information for you.
This medicine is available without a prescription. However, you still need to use this product carefully to get the best results
Keep this leaflet. You may need to read it again.
Ask your pharmacist if you need more information or advice.
You must contact a doctor if your symptoms worsen or do not improve after 7 days
If any of the side effects gets serious, or if you notice any side effects not listed in this leaflet, please tell your
doctor or pharmacist.
Always use Hydrocortisone Ointment exactly as instructed in this leaflet. If you are not sure, ask your doctor or pharmacist.
Do not exceed the stated dose.
Not for use by children under 10 years of age without medical advice.
For application to the surface of the skin only:
Wash your hands thoroughly before use.
Apply the ointment sparingly to the affected area, once or twice a day for a maximum of 7 days. Massage the ointment
gently into the affected area to help absorption into the skin.
Once applied, do not cover the area with a dressing or plaster.
In this leaflet:
What Hydrocortisone Ointment is and what it is used for
Before you use Hydrocortisone Ointment
How to use Hydrocortisone Ointment
Possible side effects
How to store Hydrocortisone Ointment
If the condition has not improved after 7 days, or worsens, consult your doctor.
If you use more Hydrocortisone Ointment than you should
If you or a child accidentally swallow the ointment, contact your doctor or nearest hospital immediately. Take the
packet with you to help identification.
If you forget to use Hydrocortisone Ointment
If you miss a treatment, apply the ointment as soon as you remember, and apply the remaining doses for that day at evenly
If you have any further questions on the use of this product, ask your doctor or pharmacist.
Hydrocortisone should not be confused with anabolic steroids, used by some body builders and taken as tablets or injections.
Take special care with Hydrocortisone Ointment
Hydrocortisone Ointment is not suitable for use in the following:
allergic skin reactions including temporary red or raised areas on your skin (short lived ‘wheal and flare’ reactions)
conditions involving the deeper skin layers, such as granulomas
psoriasis (long term scaly skin condition); only use this product on medical advice and with careful supervision by
Do not cover the area with a plaster or dressing of any kind after application of Hydrocortisone Ointment.
Take great care to apply the ointment sparingly to the skin of infants or children, especially in the nappy area which can be
covered for long periods. Covering the treated area can increase absorption. Treatment for infants must not exceed 7 days.
Do not apply the product to your face for long periods of time.
Taking other medicines
Please tell your doctor if you are taking or have recently taken any other medicines, including medicines obtained without a
Pregnancy and breast-feeding
Tell your doctor if you are or may be pregnant. Ask your doctor for advice before taking any medicine during pregnancy. There
is a very small risk of abnormalities in the unborn child if this product is used during pregnancy.
If you are breast-feeding, do not apply the product to your chest area.
Important information about some of the ingredients
Hydrocortisone Ointment contains wool fat (lanolin) which may cause local skin reactions (e.g. contact dermatitis).
WHAT HYDROCORTISONE OINTMENT IS AND WHAT IT IS USED FOR
Hydrocortisone Ointment is a smooth off-white ointment for application to the skin only. It contains hydrocortisone which belongs
to a group of medicines called corticosteroids. Hydrocortisone Ointment is used to reduce inflammation in a variety of
inflammatory skin conditions, such as:
mild to moderate eczema
dermatitis caused by irritants or allergens
insect bite reactions
BEFORE YOU USE HYDROCORTISONE OINTMENT
Do not use Hydrocortisone Ointment:
if you are allergic to hydrocortisone or to any of the other ingredients of Hydrocortisone Ointment (see Section 6
and end of Section 2).
if you have a bacterial infection (e.g. impetigo), viral infection (e.g. cold sores ‘herpes simplex’, chicken pox) or
fungal infection (e.g. tinea, also called ‘athlete’s foot’, ringworm or thrush) of the skin.
on your face or near your eyes, on the anal or genital region, or on broken skin.
HOW TO USE HYDROCORTISONE OINTMENT
POSSIBLE SIDE EFFECTS
Like all medicines, Hydrocortisone Ointment can cause side effects, although not everybody gets them.
You may notice the following:
rash, itchy skin, swelling of the lips, eyes, tongue, or difficulty in breathing may be signs of an allergic reaction.
Stop using Hydrocortisone Ointment immediately.
‘stretch marks’ may appear, especially in skin folds such as the groin or armpits.
Reporting of side effects
If you get any side effects, talk to your doctor or pharmacist. This includes any possible side effects not listed in this leaflet.
You can also report side effects directly via the national reporting systems below:
Yellow Card Scheme. Website: www.mhra.gov.uk/yellowcard.
ADR Reporting. Website: www.medicinesauthority.gov.uk/adrportal.
By reporting side effects you can help provide more information on the safety of this medicine.
HOW TO STORE HYDROCORTISONE OINTMENT
Keep out of the sight and reach of children. Do not store above 25˚C. Store in the original package and keep the tube in the
outer carton. Do not use Hydrocortisone Ointment after the expiry date which is stated on the tube/carton.
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.
What Hydrocortisone Ointment contains:
The active substance is hydrocortisone and the ointment contains 10 mg in every 1g (1%).
The other ingredients are wool fat (lanolin), liquid paraffin and white soft paraffin (see end of Section 2 for
What Hydrocortisone Ointment looks like and contents of the pack
The product is a smooth, off-white ointment and is available in aluminium tubes containing 15g.
Marketing Authorisation Holder and Manufacturer
Pinewood Laboratories Ltd., Ballymacarbry, Clonmel, Co. Tipperary, Ireland.
This leaflet was last updated in 01/2017
Source: Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency
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