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Locoid Lipocream is a topical medication is used to treat inflammatory and pruritic manifestations of corticosteroid-responsive dermatoses in adults. These dermatoses include various forms of eczema, contact dermatitis, and psoriasis. Locoid Lipocream helps to reduce redness, swelling, and itching associated with these conditions.
Locoid Lipocream contains the active ingredient hydrocortisone butyrate, which is a type of corticosteroid. Corticosteroids work by reducing inflammation and suppressing the immune system. When Locoid Lipocream is applied topically to the skin, the hydrocortisone butyrate is absorbed into the cells within the skin, where it reduces the release of inflammatory substances that are involved in various skin conditions such as eczema, contact dermatitis, and psoriasis.
Use and Dosage
Take Locoid Lipocream on the skin only. However, do not use it on the face, unless directed to do so by your doctor. Wash and dry your hands before using. Clean and dry the affected area. Apply a thin film of medication to the affected area and gently rub in. Apply the cream as directed by your doctor, usually 2 to 3 times daily. Do not bandage, cover, or wrap the area unless directed to do so by your doctor.
After applying Locoid Lipocream, wash your hands unless you are using Locoid Lipocream to treat the hands. When applying Locoid Lipocream near the eyes, avoid getting it in the eyes because this may worsen or cause glaucoma. Also, avoid getting Locoid Lipocream in the nose or mouth. If you get the medication in these areas, rinse with plenty of water. Use Locoid Lipocream only for the condition for which it was prescribed. Do not use it for longer than prescribed.
Common Side Effects of Locoid Lipocream (Hydrocortisone Butyrate):
- Changes in skin color
- Dryness or cracking of treated skin
- Mild burning tingly or prickly feeling
- Skin redness
Serious Side Effects of Locoid Lipocream (Hydrocortisone Butyrate):
- Changes in sexual function
- Difficulty breathing
- Feeling irritable
- Increased body hair
- Irregular menstrual periods
- Muscle weakness
- Slow wound healing
- Swelling of your face lips tongue or throat
- Thinning skin
- Tired feeling
- Weight gain (especially on your face or upper back and torso)
Forms and Strength
Locoid Lipocream (Hydrocortisone Butyrate) is available in the following forms and strength:
Locoid Lipocream: Lipocream
- Do not apply Locoid Lipocream to the face, underarms, or groin unless directed by your doctor.
- Avoid applying the cream to open wounds, cuts, or abrasions.
- Do not cover the affected area with a bandage or dressing unless directed by your doctor.
- Inform your doctor if you have any allergies to hydrocortisone or any other medications.
- Inform your doctor if you have ever had an allergic reaction to a corticosteroid medication before using Locoid Lipocream or any related products.
- Inform your doctor if you have any skin infections, including bacterial, fungal, or viral infections, before using Locoid Lipocream.
- If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, speak to your doctor about the risks and benefits of using Locoid Lipocream.
- Follow your doctor's instructions carefully and be sure to use the prescribed amount of Locoid Lipocream at the prescribed frequency and duration.
- Do not use Locoid Lipocream for longer than the prescribed duration, as it may lead to unwanted side effects or worsening of symptoms.
- Long-term use of Locoid Lipocream or overuse of the medication can lead to skin thinning, skin discoloration, and other unwanted skin effects such as stretch marks, bruising, or acne.
- Inform your doctor about any other medications or supplements that you are taking before using Locoid Lipocream, as it may interact with other medications and increase your risk of experiencing unwanted side effects.
- Do not apply Locoid Lipocream to the skin that is currently producing pus or is infected as it may worsen the infection.
- If you experience any adverse reactions while using Locoid Lipocream, including hives, swelling, or difficulty breathing, stop using the medication immediately and seek medical attention.
- Store Locoid Lipocream in a cool, dry place and keep it out of the reach of children.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
How long can I use Locoid Lipocream for?
You should only use Locoid Lipocream for as long as your doctor has prescribed it. Prolonged use of topical corticosteroids like hydrocortisone butyrate can lead to skin thinning, stretch marks, and other unwanted side effects.
Can I use Locoid Lipocream on my face?
Yes, Locoid Lipocream can be used on the face, but you should be careful to avoid getting it in your eyes, mouth, or nose. Do not use the cream on the skin around your eyes.
Is it safe to use Locoid Lipocream long-term?
Prolonged use of Locoid Lipocream can lead to skin thinning, stretch marks, and other unwanted side effects. You should only use the cream for as long as your doctor has prescribed it.
Can I use Locoid Lipocream on my child?
Locoid Lipocream can be used on children, but you should talk to your doctor before using it on a child under the age of 12. Children may be more sensitive to the side effects of hydrocortisone butyrate.
It's important to purchase Locoid Lipocream from verified Canadian pharmacy.