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Hydrocortisone (Hydrocortisone Topical) - Summary



The topical steroids constitute a class of primarily synthetic steroids used as anti-inflammatory and antipruritic agents. Hydrocortisone is a member of this class.

Topical corticosteroids are indicated for relief of the inflammatory and pruritic manifestations of corticosteroid-responsive dermatoses.

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Published Studies Related to Hydrocortisone (Hydrocortisone Topical)

Continuous Subcutaneous Hydrocortisone Infusion Therapy in Addison's Disease: A Randomized, Placebo-Controlled Clinical Trial. [2014]
CONCLUSIONS: Biochemical measurements indicate similar cortisol exposure during

Clobetasol propionate, 0.05%, vs hydrocortisone, 1%, for alopecia areata in children: a randomized clinical trial. [2014]
IMPORTANCE: Alopecia areata is an idiopathic cause of hair loss with limited therapeutic repertoire. OBJECTIVE: To compare the efficacy and safety of a high- vs low-potency topical corticosteroid in pediatric patients...

Randomized, double-blind, split-side, comparison study of moisturizer containing licochalcone A and 1% hydrocortisone in the treatment of childhood atopic dermatitis. [2013]
CONCLUSION: Lic A had a similar result in terms of SCORAD compared to 1%

Randomized, double-blind, split-side comparison study of moisturizer containing licochalcone vs. 1% hydrocortisone in the treatment of infantile seborrhoeic dermatitis. [2012]
hydrocortisone for the treatment of ISD... CONCLUSION: Moisturizer containing 0.025% licochalcone had higher cure rate

Single-blind, randomized controlled trial evaluating the treatment of facial seborrheic dermatitis with hydrocortisone 1% ointment compared with tacrolimus 0.1% ointment in adults. [2011.11.17]
BACKGROUND: Tacrolimus is a topical calcineurin inhibitor with immunomodulatory, anti-inflammatory, and fungicidal properties that may be beneficial in the treatment of facial seborrheic dermatitis. OBJECTIVES: We sought to compare the efficacy and safety of tacrolimus with standard corticosteroid treatment in adults with facial seborrheic dermatitis in a phase II, single-blind, randomized controlled trial... CONCLUSION: Tacrolimus 0.1% ointment required significantly fewer applications compared with hydrocortisone 1% ointment to achieve a comparable clinical response in adults with facial seborrheic dermatitis. Tacrolimus was generally well tolerated. Copyright (c) 2011 American Academy of Dermatology, Inc. Published by Mosby, Inc. All rights reserved.

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Clinical Trials Related to Hydrocortisone (Hydrocortisone Topical)

The Influence of Different Hydrocortisone Replacement Doses on the Partitioning and Flexibility of Ectopic Lipids in Patients With Corticotropic Hypopituitarism [Recruiting]
This study aims at assessing the effect of today's standard of hydrocortisone dosage versus previous hydrocortisone dosage on flexibility and partitioning of ectopic lipid depots (IMCL and IHCL) after a standardised fat load followed by a short-term aerobic exercise in patients with corticotropic pituitary insufficiency.

Once-daily Oral Modified Release Hydrocortisone in Patients With Adrenal Insufficiency [Completed]
This is a randomised, controlled, open, two-armed, two-period cross-over, multi-centre phase II/III study to assess the safety, tolerability and pharmacokinetics of once-daily oral modified-release hydrocortisone in comparison to conventional thrice-daily oral hydrocortisone tablets in patients with adrenal insufficiency

Ultradian Subcutaneous Hydrocortisone Infusion in Addison Disease and Congenital Adrenal Hyperplasia [Recruiting]

Effect of Slow Release Hydrocortisone on Fed & Fasting Volunteers; Immediate Release on Fasting Only [Completed]
The purpose of the study is to find out whether food has an effect on the way the body deals with modified release hydrocortisone, and to compare with the pharmacokinetics of immediate release hydrocortisone (fasted). This information will be used to help doctors with dosing in clinical practice.

Modified-release Compared to Conventional Hydrocortisone on Diurnal Fatigue in Secondary Hypoadrenalism [Enrolling by invitation]
Despite optimized hydrocortisone replacement regimes, many patients with adrenal insufficiency (AI) suffer from impaired quality of life (QoL). Characteristically, patients report high fatigue levels at certain times during the day. A modified-release hydrocortisone has been shown to improve QoL, particularly fatigue, in patients with primary AI. However, it is unknown, if the same effect can be observed in patients with secondary AI. Further, no studies have evaluated the effect, taking into account the diurnal variation of fatigue. A novel survey method termed Ecological Momentary Assessments (EMA) has the potential to provide reliable measurements of diurnal variations in patient-reported outcomes, such as fatigue. We will compare the effect of modified-release compared to conventional hydrocortisone on fatigue in patients with secondary AI due to pituitary disease, and hereby assess the feasibility of EMA as outcome in future large-scale randomised clinical trials (RCTs).

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Reports of Suspected Hydrocortisone (Hydrocortisone Topical) Side Effects

Rhabdomyolysis (21)Abdominal Pain (20)Hypotension (19)OFF Label USE (18)Hypertension (17)Tendonitis (16)Hyponatraemia (16)Decreased Appetite (15)Sepsis (15)Epidural Lipomatosis (14)more >>


Based on a total of 1 ratings/reviews, Hydrocortisone has an overall score of 10. The effectiveness score is 10 and the side effect score is 10. The scores are on ten point scale: 10 - best, 1 - worst.

Hydrocortisone review by 47 year old female patient

Overall rating:  
Effectiveness:   Highly Effective
Side effects:   No Side Effects
Treatment Info
Condition / reason:   eczema
Dosage & duration:   thin film (dosage frequency: 2-3 times daily) for the period of 3 weeks
Other conditions:   none
Other drugs taken:   none
Reported Results
Benefits:   This cleared up severe cracking and bleeding on hand. I have managed to avoid the condition for many months due to proper moisturization.
Side effects:   there were none, but I was warned that overusage could thin the skin.
Comments:   I was instructed to apply to affected area in the morning on slightly damp skin. I was to reapply a couple more times a day (especially after hand washing). And to keep skin constantly moisturized.

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