HYDROCORTISONE SKIN OINTMENT 1%
Active substance(s): HYDROCORTISONE MICRO
What you should know about Hydrocortisone Skin Ointment
Please read this carefully before you start to use this ointment. This leaflet provides a summary
of the information available on your medicine. If you would like further information, have any
questions or are not sure about anything, ask your doctor or pharmacist.
The name of your medicine is Hydrocortisone Skin Ointment.
What is in your medicine
Each gram of ointment contains 10mg of the active ingredient Hydrocortisone. The other
ingredients include: wool fat, liquid paraffin and white soft paraffin.
The active ingredient of hydrocortisone, belongs to a group of medicines called antiinflammatory steroids. This means they act by reducing inflammation.
This medicine is available in 5g, 10g, 15g, 20g and 30g tubes.
The name and address of the product licence holder is:
Sandoz Ltd, Frimley Business Park, Frimley, Camberley, Surrey, GU16 7SR, United Kingdom
The name and address of the manufacturer is:
Roussel Laboratories Ltd., Kingfisher Drive, Covingham, Swindon,Wiltshire.
Hydrocortisone Skin Ointment is usually prescribed to treat all types of eczema and dermatitis
and insect bite reactions.
This medicine is sometimes prescribed for other purposes and you should consult your doctor
for more information as appropriate.
Before taking your medicine
DO NOT take this medicine before telling your doctor if:
* you have previously experienced sensitivity to this type of ointment
* you are or might be pregnant
* you have suffered from psoriasis
* you suffer from any other infections
* you have any of the following skin conditions; peri-oral dermatitis, acne vulgaris and rosacea
It is very important that you tell your doctor if you are taking any other medication, including
medicines which can be bought without a prescription.
If this product comes into contact with dressings, clothing and bedding the fabric can be
easily ignited with a naked flame. You should keep away from fire when using this product.
Taking your medicine
The ointment is normally applied evenly and sparingly to the affected area two or three times
daily as directed by your doctor. A small quantity should be completely rubbed into the affected
area. Children should not be treated for long periods of time. Infants should not be treated for
longer than seven days.
Keep away from your eyes.
If you do not think your skin problem is getting better, consult your doctor.
You should always follow your doctor's instructions on taking your medicine and read the label
carefully before use. Your pharmacist may also help if you are not sure.
While you are using Hydrocortisone Skin Ointment you may notice changes to the skin, such as
acne, mild pigmentation of the skin or thinning of the skin where the cream was applied. If
these effects become worse, or upsetting, go and see your doctor or pharmacist for advice. If
you experience any other unexpected effects which you think could be due to using
Hydrocortisone Skin Ointment, consult your doctor or pharmacist for advice straight away.
The following possible side effect may occur (frequency not known, may affect up to 1 in 100
people): Blurred vision
Contact your doctor if you experience blurred vision or other visual disturbances.
Reporting of side effects
If you get any side effects, talk to your doctor, pharmacist or nurse. This includes any possible
side effects not listed in this leaflet. You can also report side effects directly via the Yellow Card
Scheme (www.mhra.gov.uk/yellowcard or search for MHRA Yellow Card in the Google Play
or Apple App Store). By reporting side effects you can help provide more information on the
safety of this medicine.
Storing your medicine
Do not use Hydrocortisone Skin Ointment after the expiry date shown on the label.
Store this medicine below 25oC.
If you notice any defects such as lumps in your skin ointment, take it to your pharmacist for
This information was revised in October2017.
Keep this medicine out of the sight and reach of children. Your medicines can harm them.
REMEMBER: this medicine is for you. Never give it to others. It may harm them even if their
symptoms are the same as yours.
This leaflet applies to Hydrocortisone Skin Ointment 1% only.