Ala-Cort (Hydrocortisone) is a prescription medication used to treat skin swelling, redness, itching, and discomfort caused by insect bites, sunburn, skin rashes, poison ivy, and mild burns. The topical lotion also treats allergic reactions, skin irritation, and other skin problems. The active ingredient in Ala-Cort is Hydrocortisone. Hydrocortisone belongs to a class of medications called corticosteroids. This steroid works by calming the body’s immune response to swelling, pain, itching, and inflammation. It also works as a hormone replacement for people who do not have cortisol, a natural stress hormone.
We currently offer generic Hydrocortisone lotion from Canada also called the Pharmacy Compound made in our pharmacy here in the strength of 2%/150 ml and 2.5%/150 ml. The brand Ala-Cort is not available.
Get medical help immediately if you have any of these signs or an allergic reaction while using Ala-Cort. The most common side effects of Ala-Cort may include the following:
• Dry mouth;
• Increased body hair;
• Increased urination;
• Mood changes;
• Skin discolouration;
• Unusual hair growth
Contact your doctor right away if you have any of the serious side effects, including:
• Breathing difficulties;
• Severe dizziness;
• Slow wound healing;
• Small red bumps on the skin;
• Stretch marks;
• Swelling of face, lips, throat, or tongue
These are not all of the side effects of Hydrocortisone. Always contact your doctor if you notice any unusual symptoms.
You should not apply Ala-Cort if you are allergic to Hydrocortisone, other corticosteroids, or any ingredient in Ala-Cort. Before you start using this topical medication, tell your doctor about your medical history, especially if you:
• Are breastfeeding or plan to breastfeed;
• Are pregnant or plan to become pregnant;
• Have adrenal gland disorder;
• Have diabetes;
• Have had any skin infections;
• Have liver disease
Tell your doctor about all your medications, including prescription, OTC, herbal supplements, and vitamins. There may be drug interactions between Ala-Cort and other medicines, including liraglutide, metformin, insulin, glimepiride, chlorpropamide, and alogliptin. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or planning to become pregnant. Ala-Cort should only be used when needed in pregnancy. It is unknown if Hydrocortisone passes into breast milk. Inform your doctor if you are breastfeeding or planning to breastfeed. If you apply this topical medicine to your chest, avoid areas that may come in contact with your baby’s mouth. Use Ala-Cort precisely as prescribed by your doctor. This drug is a topical medication, and it is for external use only. Do not take it by mouth. Wash your hands before and after applying Hydrocortisone. Do not apply this lotion over a large area unless your doctor tells you to. Apply only a tiny amount of Ala-Cort lotion to the affected skin and rub it in gently. Do not cover the treated area with a bandage or other covering. Covering treated areas can increase the amount of medicine your skin absorbs and may worsen it. Do not use tight-fitting diapers or plastic pants if treating the diaper area, and inform your doctor if the symptoms do not improve within seven days. Keep the Ala-Cort bottle tightly closed when not in use. Do not freeze this medication. Store at room temperature, away from moisture and heat. Shake Ala-Cort lotion very well before each use.
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