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Hydrocortisone Acetate, Urea Topical cream

It is used on the skin to reduce swelling, redness, itching, and skin irritation

Generic Name: Keratol HC

What is this medicine?

HYDROCORTISONE; UREA (hye droe KOR ti sone; yoo REE uh) is a combination of a corticosteroid and a moisturizer. It is used on the skin to reduce swelling, redness, itching, and skin irritation.

What should I tell my health care provider before I take this medicine?

They need to know if you have any of these conditions:

-diabetes
-large areas of burned or damaged skin
-skin infection
-skin wasting or thinning
-an unusual or allergic reaction to hydrocortisone, urea, sulfites, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
-pregnant or trying to get pregnant
-breast-feeding

How should I use this medicine?

This medicine is for external use only. Do not take by mouth. Follow the directions on the prescription label. Wash your hands before and after use. Do not cover with a bandage or dressing unless your doctor or health care professional tells you to. Use your medicine at regular intervals. Do not use it more often than directed.

Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. Special care may be needed. Do not use this medicine for diaper rash unless directed to do so by your doctor. If applying this medicine to the diaper area, do not cover with tight-fitting diapers or plastic pants. This may increase the amount of medicine that passes through the skin and increase the risk of serious side effects.

Overdosage: If you think you've taken too much of this medicine contact a poison control center or emergency room at once.

What if I miss a dose?

If you miss a dose, use it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, use only that dose. Do not use double or extra doses.

What may interact with this medicine?

Interactions are not expected. Do not use any other skin products on the same area of skin without asking your doctor or health care professional.

What should I watch for while using this medicine?

Tell your doctor or health care professional if your symptoms do not start to get better or if they get worse.

Do not get this medicine in your eyes. If you do, rinse out with plenty of cool tap water.

This medicine can make certain skin conditions worse. Only use it for conditions for which your doctor or health care professional has prescribed.

What side effects may I notice from receiving this medicine?

Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible:

-allergic reactions like skin rash, itching or hives, swelling of the face, lips, or tongue
-burning feeling on the skin
-dark red spots on the skin
-infection
-lack of healing of skin condition
-painful, red, pus filled blisters in hair follicles
-thinning of the skin
Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (Report these to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome.):

-dry skin, irritation
-unusual increased growth of hair on the face or body

Where should I keep my medicine?

Keep out of the reach of children.

Store at room temperature between 15 and 30 degrees C (59 and 86 degrees F). Do not freeze. Keep tightly closed. Throw away any unused medicine after the expiration date.

Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children, never share your medicines with others, and use this medication only for the indication prescribed.


Last Updated: May 26, 2011
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