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What is Westcort?
Westcort is a topical cream consisting of a corticosteroid called hydrocortisone valerate. We carry Westcort cream in both the brand name and generic alternative in 0.20%!
What is Westcort used for?
Westcort is used to treat a variety of skin conditions, such as eczema, dermatitis, allergies, and rash. Eczema (atopic dermatitis), a common skin condition, is when areas of the skin, commonly the face, neck, elbows, wrists, groin, knees, and ankles become inflamed. When the skin becomes inflamed, it becomes red, itchy, and dry, and in some cases even cracked and leathery. If the inflamed skin is scratched, dry patches and open sores with crusts may develop, resulting in potential for infection. This condition is considered an allergic-type skin condition as most times eczema flares up due to allergens in the air such as pollen.
How does Westcort work?
Westcort (hydrocortisone valerate) is effective at treating skin conditions because of its ability to reduce inflammation, itching, and redness.
Your doctor will tell you before prescribing you Westcort (hydrocortisone valerate) exactly how to use this medication. Follow his or her directions; directions can usually be found on the prescription label if you forget.
Before using this medication, you should know Westcort is for topical (skin) use only; do not take this medication by mouth and avoid getting it in other sensitive areas such as the eyes and nose. Do not apply this medicine over large areas of skin (unless directed to by your doctor) or cover the area (with clothing or bandages) after applying the medication. This medication should be store at room temperature away from risks of heat and moisture. Do not freeze.
To use this medication properly, you should wash your hands before and after applying the medication. Apply a thin layer to the affected area and rub in gently.
Do not use Westcort (hydrocortisone valerate)
Do not use this medication if you are allergic to hydrocortisone valerate.
Do not give this medication to a child under 2 years old without medical advice from a doctor.
Dose adjustment or special precautions may be required
To ensure this medication is safe for you, tell your doctor if you have ever had any type of skin infection, a skin reaction to any steroid medicine, liver disease, or an adrenal gland disorder.
Steroid medicine can increase the sugar levels in the blood and urine; those with diabetes taking Westcort should monitor their blood sugar levels often; tell your doctor if you have diabetes.
If you are pregnant or breast feeding, tell your doctor before starting treatment.
Serious side effects of Westcort (hydrocortisone Valerate) may include:
worsening of your skin condition; or
redness, warmth, swelling, oozing, or severe irritation of any treated skin.
If you have any of the above side effects, contact your doctor right away.
Please note this is not a complete list of side effects. Not everyone experiences side effects; they are not guaranteed. If you do have side effects and they become unmanageable, consult your doctor about alternate medications.
Contact your doctor if you notice signs of…
high blood sugar: increased thirst, increased urination, hunger, dry mouth, fruity breath odor, drowsiness, dry skin, blurred vision, and weight loss.
What happens if I use this medication in high doses or for long-term use?
You may risk thinning skin, easy bruising, changes in body fat (especially in the face, neck, back, and waist), increased acne, or facial hair, menstrual problems, impotence, or loss of interest in sex.
What should I avoid while using this medication?
You should not avoid using this medication for purposes it was not prescribed for. Only use this cream for the condition your doctor prescribed it for.
How long into treatment should I wait to call my doctor if my symptoms are not improving?
If symptoms aren’t improving within 7 days, stop using this medication and contact your doctor.
What are some drugs that may interact with this medication?
Some drugs that may interact with this medication include acarbose, glimepiride, insulin, linagliptin, metformin, pramlintide, rosiglitazone, sitagliptin, tolazamide, and tolbutamide. This is not a complete list of drugs that interact with hydrocortisone valerate.
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