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Hydrocortisone 17 Valerate

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Topical hydrocortisone is employed to alleviate redness, swelling, itching, and discomfort associated with various skin conditions. It belongs to a class of medications known as corticosteroids. Its mechanism of action involves activating natural substances in the skin to diminish swelling, redness, and itching.

Uses and Dosage

Hydrocortisone is available in various forms such as ointment, cream, solution (liquid), spray, or lotion for topical application on the skin. Typically, hydrocortisone topical is used one to four times daily for managing skin issues. Apply it at consistent times each day.

Use hydrocortisone precisely as directed—avoid applying more or less frequently than instructed by your doctor, and refrain from using it on other areas of your body or for different skin conditions unless explicitly directed by your doctor.

If your doctor has prescribed hydrocortisone for your specific condition, contact them if there is no improvement in your symptoms within the initial two weeks of treatment. In cases where you have acquired hydrocortisone without a prescription (over the counter), discontinue use and consult your doctor if your condition does not improve within seven days.

To apply hydrocortisone topical, use a small amount of ointment, cream, solution, spray, or lotion to cover the affected skin area with a thin, even film and gently rub it in.

This medication is intended solely for skin use. Avoid contact with your eyes or mouth, and refrain from swallowing it.

Unless advised by your doctor, do not wrap or bandage the treated area. For individuals with psoriasis, an occlusive dressing may be recommended by your doctor.

If applying hydrocortisone topical to a child’s diaper area, avoid using tight-fitting diapers or plastic pants unless otherwise instructed.

Side Effects

Some side effects may occur that usually do not need medical attention:

  • burning, itching, irritation, redness, or dryness of the skin
  • acne
  • unwanted hair growth
  • skin color changes
  • tiny red bumps or rash around the mouth
  • small white or red bumps on the skin

Inform your healthcare provider immediately if you experience any serious side effects:

  • severe rash
  • redness, swelling, or other signs of skin infection in the place where you applied hydrocortisone


  • Before using hydrocortisone butyrate, inform your doctor or pharmacist about any allergies you may have, either to this medication or other corticosteroids (such as prednisone, triamcinolone), or any other allergies you may have. Inactive ingredients in the product could cause allergic reactions or other issues.
  • Prior to using this medication, disclose your medical history to your doctor or pharmacist, particularly if you have poor blood circulation, diabetes, or immune system problems.
  • Do not use hydrocortisone butyrate if there is an infection or sore in the area to be treated.
  • In rare cases, prolonged use or application over large skin areas of corticosteroid medications can make it more challenging for your body to respond to physical stress. Before undergoing surgery, emergency treatment, or in the event of a serious illness or injury, inform your doctor or dentist if you are using or have used this medication in the past few months.
  • Although unlikely, prolonged use of this medication may temporarily slow down a child’s growth. Regular check-ups with the doctor are recommended to monitor your child’s height.
  • During pregnancy, use this medication only when clearly necessary. Discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor.
  • It is uncertain whether this drug passes into breast milk when applied to the skin. Similar medications can pass into breast milk when taken orally. Consult your doctor before breastfeeding.

Form and Strength

Westcort Ointment is available in the following forms and strengths:

  • hydrocortisone topical ointment:
    • 0.2 %


Is Westcort Ointment a steroid?

Westcort Ointment is a steroid that helps lessen skin rash and irritations. Unlike oral steroids, such as prednisone, only low amounts of topical hydrocortisone is absorbed into the bloodstream. Therefore, it’s less likely to cause certain serious complications, such as glaucoma, osteoporosis, and high blood pressure.

Can you put Westcort Ointment on your face?

Don’t apply topical hydrocortisone on your face unless directed by your provider. Applying too much topical hydrocortisone over sensitive skin areas, such as face and underarms, can put you at higher risk for side effects, such as skin thinning or stretch marks.


  1. https://www.goodrx.com/hydrocortisone/what-is#faqs
  2. https://www.mayoclinic.org/drugs-supplements/hydrocortisone-valerate-topical-application-route/description/drg-20073699
  3. https://www.webmd.com/drugs/2/drug-3342/westcort-topical/details
  4. https://medlineplus.gov/druginfo/meds/a682793.html
  5. https://www.drugs.com/cons/westcort-hydrocortisone-topical-application.html

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Generic name:

Hydrocortisone 17 Valerate





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