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Westcort cream is a topical medication used to treat inflammation of the skin caused by various conditions such as allergic reactions, eczema, and psoriasis. It contains hydrocortisone valerate, which is a synthetic corticosteroid. Corticosteroids are hormones that are produced naturally in the body, and they have many different functions, including regulating the immune system and reducing inflammation.
Hydrocortisone valerate decreases inflammation and itching by suppressing the immune response in the skin. It works by inhibiting the production of certain chemicals in the body that cause inflammation, redness, and swelling.
Use and Dosage
Use Westcort Cream on the skin only. However, do not use it on the face, groin, or underarms unless directed to do so by your doctor. Follow your doctor's or pharmacist's instructions when using Westcort Cream. Typically, you should:
- Clean and dry the affected area before applying the cream.
- Apply a thin layer of cream to the affected area and gently rub it in until it is absorbed.
- Use Westcort Cream only on the affected skin, and avoid getting it in contact with eyes, nose, or mouth.
- Wash your hands thoroughly after applying the cream.
- Do not use the cream on healthy skin, and do not use it for longer than the prescribed period (usually not more than 2-4 weeks).
- If you miss a dose, apply it as soon as you remember. Do not apply a double dose to make up for a missed one.
Westcort Cream is not suitable for everyone. Westcort is a medium-strength corticosteroid and is applied topically to the affected area only. Follow the dosing instructions provided by your healthcare provider and not use Westcort for longer than prescribed.
Common Side Effects of Westcort Cream (Hydrocortisone 17 Valerate):
- Redness at the application site when this medication is first applied to the skin
Serious Side Effects of Westcort Cream (Hydrocortisone 17 Valerate):
- Blurred vision
- Feeling tired
- Puffiness in your face
- Seeing halos around lights
- Sleep problems (insomnia)
- Uneven heartbeats
- Weight gain
Forms and Strength
Westcort Cream (Hydrocortisone 17 Valerate) is available in the following forms and strength:
Hydrocortisone 17 Valerate: Cream
- Do not apply Westcort on the face, underarms, or groin area without consulting your healthcare provider, as these areas may be more sensitive to the medication.
- Do not cover the treated area with a bandage or wrap, as this may increase the absorption of the medication into the bloodstream and increase the risk of side effects.
- If you have a history of allergies, tuberculosis, or other infections, let your healthcare provider know before using Westcort.
- Long-term use of topical corticosteroids like Westcort may increase the risk of skin thinning, stretch marks, and other skin changes.
- Use of Westcort during pregnancy or while breastfeeding may not be recommended. Consult with your healthcare provider before using this medication if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
- If you experience any signs of an allergic reaction (hives, difficulty breathing, swelling of the face or throat), or if your symptoms do not improve after a few days of using Westcort, stop using the medication and seek medical attention.
- Do not use Westcort if you have a skin infection, as the medication may make the infection worse.
- Do not use Westcort to treat acne, rosacea, or other skin conditions without consulting your healthcare provider, as this medication may not be effective for these conditions and may also worsen some skin conditions.
- Inform your healthcare provider if you are using other topical medications or other medications that may interact with Westcort.
- Avoid exposure to sunlight and tanning beds while using Westcort, as the medication may increase your sensitivity to sunlight.
- If you experience any vision changes, such as blurred vision or loss of vision, while using Westcort, seek medical attention immediately as these may be signs of a rare side effect of the medication.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Can I use Westcort Cream on my baby or young child?
Consult with your healthcare provider before using Westcort on a baby or young child, as their skin may be more sensitive to the medication and the safety of the medication for use in children is not fully known.
How long should I use Westcort Cream?
Use Westcort Cream for the recommended duration as directed by your healthcare provider. Do not use the medication for longer than prescribed, as long-term use may increase the risk of side effects.
Can I use other topical medications with Westcort Cream?
Inform your healthcare provider about any other topical medications or skin care products you are using before using Westcort, as some products may interact with the medication.
Can I use Westcort Cream if I have an infection?
Do not use Westcort Cream if you have a skin infection, as the medication may make the infection worse.
Is Westcort Cream available over the counter?
Westcort Cream is only available with a prescription from a healthcare provider.
It's important to purchase Westcort Cream from verified Canadian pharmacy.