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CortCortate is a topical medication used for the temporary relief of minor skin irritations such as itching, rashes, redness, dryness, scaling, and swelling due to eczema, dermatitis, insect bites, poison ivy, or other skin conditions.
Cortate contains hydrocortisone as active ingredient. Hydrocortisone is in a class of medications called corticosteroids. It works by reducing inflammation and relieving symptoms such as itching and redness. Cortate should not be used for extended periods of time or on large areas of the body without consulting a doctor.
Use and Dosage
Use Cortate Cream on the skin only. However, do not use it on the face or underarms unless directed to do so by your doctor. Some products are meant to be used on the scalp for various conditions. To correctly use these products, follow the directions on the product package.
Wash and dry your hands before using. Clean and dry the affected area. Apply a small amount of cream to the affected area and gently rub in, usually up to 4 times a day or as directed by your doctor or the product package. Dosage and length of treatment depends on the type of condition being treated. Do not bandage, cover, or wrap the area unless directed to do so by your doctor. If used in or near the diaper area on an infant, do not use tight-fitting diapers or plastic pants.
Do not use Cortate Cream on the face or underarms unless directed to do so by your doctor. If using in or near the diaper area on an infant, do not use tight-fitting diapers or plastic pants. After applying the medication, wash your hands (unless hands are being treated). Avoid getting this medication in the eyes, nose, or mouth. If irritation occurs or continues, contact your doctor right away.
Use Cortate Cream only for the condition for which it was prescribed or a condition that is listed on the product package. Do not use it for longer than directed by the product package or your doctor.
Common Side Effects of Cortate Cream (Hydrocortisone - non-Rx):
- Burning, itching, irritation, redness, or dryness of the skin
- Skin color changes
- Small white or red bumps on the skin
- Tiny red bumps or rash around the mouth
- Unwanted hair growth
Serious Side Effects of Cortate Cream (Hydrocortisone - non-Rx):
- Changes in sexual function
- Difficulty breathing
- Increased body hair
- Irregular menstrual periods
- Muscle weakness
- Redness, swelling, or other signs of skin infection in the place where you applied hydrocortisone
- Severe rash
- Slow wound healing
- Swelling of the face, lips, tongue, or throat
- Thinning skin
- Weight gain (especially in the face, upper back, and torso)
Forms and Strength
Cortate Cream (Hydrocortisone - non-Rx) is available in the following forms and strength:
Cortate Cream: Cream (PMS)
Hydrocortisone - non-Rx: Cream
- Do not use more than recommended or for longer than directed without consulting a doctor.
- Do not apply to the face, groin, or underarms unless directed by a healthcare provider.
- Avoid using on open wounds or infected areas.
- Do not cover the area being treated with a bandage or other covering unless directed by a healthcare provider.
- Cortate should not be used by pregnant or nursing women without consulting a doctor.
- If skin irritation or an allergic reaction occurs, stop using the product and consult a doctor.
- Cortate may interact with other medications, discuss any other medications, or supplements you are taking with your healthcare provider before using this cream.
- Cortate should not be used on children younger than 2 years old without consulting a doctor.
- Long-term use of corticosteroids can lead to skin thinning, stretch marks, or other skin changes.
- Cortate can increase the risk of developing skin infections, use as directed and to keep the affected area clean.
- Do not use Cortate if you are allergic to any ingredients in the medication.
- Cortate may affect the results of certain skin tests, inform your healthcare provider if you have had any recent skin tests or plan to have any in the near future.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Can Cortate Cream (Hydrocortisone) be used for acne?
While hydrocortisone cream can help to reduce inflammation in acne-prone skin, it is not typically recommended for use on acne. This is because long-term use of corticosteroids can exacerbate acne and cause thinning of the skin.
How often should Cortate Cream (Hydrocortisone) be applied?
This will depend on the condition being treated and the severity of symptoms. However, in general, Cortate Cream should be applied 2-3 times daily to the affected area.
Can Cortate Cream (Hydrocortisone) be used during pregnancy or while breastfeeding?
It is generally safe to use Cortate Cream during pregnancy and while breastfeeding, but you should talk to your doctor or pharmacist before using any medication during pregnancy or while breastfeeding.
Can Cortate Cream (Hydrocortisone) be used with other medications?
Talk to your doctor or pharmacist before using Cortate Cream with other medications, as it may interact with certain drugs.
It's important to purchase Cortate Cream from verified Canadian pharmacy.