Medications


Hydrocortisone Oral Tablet 20 mg

Uses

This medicine is used for the following purposes:

  • allergic reaction
  • autoimmune disorder
  • blood disorder
  • diagnostic test
  • endocrine disorder
  • inflammatory disease
  • immune suppression
  • cancer
  • COVID-19 (coronavirus)

Instructions

Take the medicine with 250 mL (1 cup) of water.

You may take with food to prevent stomach upset.

Store at room temperature in a dry place. Do not keep in the bathroom.

Keep the medicine away from heat and light.

It is important that you keep taking each dose of this medicine on time even if you are feeling well.

If you forget to take a dose on time, take it as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for the next dose, do not take the missed dose. Return to your normal dosing schedule. Do not take 2 doses of this medicine at one time.

Please tell your doctor and pharmacist about all the medicines you take. Include both prescription and over-the-counter medicines. Also tell them about any vitamins, herbal medicines, or anything else you take for your health.

If your symptoms do not improve or they worsen while on this medicine, contact your doctor.

Do not suddenly stop taking this medicine. Check with your doctor before stopping.

This medicine may affect your blood sugar levels. If you have diabetes, talk to your doctor before changing the dose of your diabetes medicine.

This medicine may cause higher blood sugar levels or diabetes. Please follow your doctor's instructions and check your blood sugar level regularly while on this medicine.

This medicine may interfere with some lab test results. Be sure to tell all your healthcare providers that you are taking this medicine.

It is very important that you keep all appointments for medical exams and tests while on this medicine.

Cautions

This medicine may cause serious bleeding problems in patients taking blood thinner medications. Follow your doctor's instructions carefully to monitor your blood lab tests if you are on blood thinners.

Tell your doctor and pharmacist if you ever had an allergic reaction to a medicine. Symptoms of an allergic reaction can include trouble breathing, skin rash, itching, swelling, or severe dizziness.

Some patients with weak hearts may have worsening of symptoms. If you notice difficulty breathing, weight gain, or swelling of your legs or ankles, let your doctor know right away.

Some patients on this medicine have developed severe, life-threatening infections. Please speak with your doctor about the risks and benefits of using this medicine.

Some patients taking this medicine have experienced serious side effects. Please speak with your doctor to understand the risks and benefits associated with this medicine.

This medicine may affect areas where fat is stored in the body. This may change your body shape.

Do not use the medication any more than instructed.

Speak with your doctor before taking any medicine with aspirin.

Please check with your doctor before drinking alcohol while on this medicine.

If you drink more than a few alcoholic beverages each day, ask your doctor whether you should be on this medicine.

Call the doctor if there are any signs of confusion or unusual changes in behavior.

This medicine may reduce your body's ability to fight infections. Try to avoid contact with people with colds, flu or other infections.

Contact your doctor if you develop any signs of a new infection such as fever, cough, sore throat, or chills.

Wash your hands often and avoid close contact with people with infections such as colds and flu.

Speak with your health care provider before receiving any vaccinations.

Tell the doctor or pharmacist if you are pregnant, planning to be pregnant, or breastfeeding.

Do not take St. John's wort while on this medicine.

Ask your pharmacist if this medicine can interact with any of your other medicines. Be sure to tell them about all the medicines you take.

Please tell all your doctors and dentists that you are on this medicine before they provide care.

Do not start or stop any other medicines without first speaking to your doctor or pharmacist.

Call your doctor right away if you notice any unusual bleeding or bruising.

Do not share this medicine with anyone who has not been prescribed this medicine.

Side Effects

The following is a list of some common side effects from this medicine. Please speak with your doctor about what you should do if you experience these or other side effects.

  • agitated feeling or trouble sleeping
  • feeling of swelling of the body
  • changes in areas of body fat may alter your body shape
  • headaches
  • increased risk for an infection
  • menstruation changes (missed or fewer periods)
  • mood changes
  • nausea
  • stomach upset or abdominal pain
  • sweating

Call your doctor or get medical help right away if you notice any of these more serious side effects:

  • change in behavior
  • bleeding that is severe or takes longer to stop
  • bone pain
  • unusual bruising or discoloration on skin
  • chest pain
  • changes in memory, mood, or thinking
  • coughing up blood or vomit that looks like coffee grounds
  • depression or feeling sad
  • swelling of the legs, feet, and hands
  • hair growth
  • severe or persistent headache
  • fast or irregular heart beats
  • mouth sores or irritation
  • muscle cramps
  • muscle weakness
  • seizures
  • shortness of breath
  • thinning of the skin
  • severe stomach pain that spreads to the back
  • dark, tarry stool
  • thirst
  • yeast infection of mouth
  • unusual or unexplained tiredness or weakness
  • increased urinary frequency
  • vaginal itching or yeast infection
  • blurring or changes of vision
  • severe or persistent vomiting
  • sudden or unexplained weight gain

A few people may have an allergic reactions to this medicine. Symptoms can include difficulty breathing, skin rash, itching, swelling, or severe dizziness. If you notice any of these symptoms, seek medical help quickly.

Extra

Please speak with your doctor, nurse, or pharmacist if you have any questions about this medicine.

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IMPORTANT NOTE: This document tells you briefly how to take your medicine, but it does not tell you all there is to know about it.Your doctor or pharmacist may give you other documents about your medicine. Please talk to them if you have any questions.Always follow their advice. There is a more complete description of this medicine available in English.Scan this code on your smartphone or tablet or use the web address below. You can also ask your pharmacist for a printout. If you have any questions, please ask your pharmacist.


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