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Aquanil HC

Generic name: topical hydrocortisone
Brand names: Ala-Cort Anusol-HC Aquanil HC, Aquaphor Itch Relief,… list all the 52 brands.
Drug class: topical steroids

What is Aquanil HC?

Aquanil (for the skin) is a steroid that is used to reduce irritation and itching caused by skin disorders that respond to steroid medications.There are a variety of varieties and brands of hydrocortisone topicals that are available. There aren't all brands included in this leaflet.Aquanil HC can be used for other purposes not mentioned in this medication guide.

Side effects of Aquanil HC

Contact a medical professional immediately. If you are experiencing symptoms that indicate an allergic reaction, such as hives, difficulty breathing, or swelling of your lips, face, or tongue,

Aquanil HC can cause serious adverse side effects. Consult a medical provider as soon as you suspect:

  • An increase in the severity of your skin conditions;
  • The appearance of redness, warmth, bleeding, or the severe irritation that occurs on treatment skin
  • Blood sugar levels are high—increased thirst, more frequent urine output, dry mouth or breath that smells of fruit
  • Possible signs of absorption of aquanil hc through your skin: weight growth (especially in your face, the upper part of your back, or the torso) slow healing of a wound, thinning or discoloured skin an increase in muscle weakness, sickness, diarrhoea, fatigue, mood changes, and sexual changes.

More minor side effects might be more likely, and you could not experience any whatsoever.This isn't an exhaustive list of all the side effects. Other side effects could be present. Contact your physician for advice regarding medical effects. You may report any adverse reactions to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.


Follow the directions on the medicine label and the package. Inform your health care providers about your medical issues, allergies, and the medicines you are taking.

Before you take this drug

Do not take Aquanil HC if you are allergic to it.

Speak to your doctor if you were ever diagnosed with:

  • Any kind of skin inflammation;
  • The skin reacts to any drug steroid;
  • The liver condition
  • An adrenal gland condition.

Steroid medications can raise levels of sugar in urine or blood. Consult your physician if you suffer from diabetes.Avoid giving Aquanil HC to a child less than 2 years old without medical guidance.Consult a physician before taking this medication if you are nursing or pregnant.When you put Aquanil HC on your chest, stay clear of areas that might come into contact with the baby's mouth.

How to take Aquanil HC?

Follow exactly the instructions on the label or as directed by your doctor.Do not chew it. Topical medicines are meant for use on only the skin.Be sure to read and adhere to any instructions for use that come along with your medicine. Consult your physician or pharmacist if you don't understand the instructions.Cleanse your hands prior to and after you use hydrocortisone, except if you are using the medication to treat your hands' skin.Place a small amount of cream on the affected area and massage it gently. Don't apply the medicine to a large area of your skin unless your physician has instructed you to.Don't cover the treated area with a bandage or any other type of covering unless your physician has instructed you to. Covering the area treated can boost the quantity of medication that is absorbed by your skin and can cause negative side effects.Shake the hydrocortisone cream in addition to spaying thoroughly prior to every use.If you're dealing with the area around your diaper, be sure not to use disposable pants or diapers that are tight-fitting.Stop taking hydrocortisone, and consult your doctor if you notice that your symptoms don't improve or if symptoms become worse in the space of seven days.Always store at room temperature, with minimal exposure to heat or moisture. Don't freeze. Make sure the bottle is tightly sealed when not being used.

What happens if I miss the dose?

Take the medication as quickly as you can; however, do not take the missed dose if you think it is close to time for the next dose. Don't apply two doses at once.

What happens if I overdose?

In case of accidental overdosage of medicine, seek medical assistance immediately or contact the poison help line at 1-800-222-1222 immediately for advice and treatment.Long-term or high-dose usage of Aquanil HC may cause the skin to become thinner, bruising easily, changes in the body's fat (especially around the neck, face, back, waist, and face), a rise in facial hair or acne, menstrual issues, impotence, or a loss of desire to have sexual activity.

What should be avoided?

Don't make use of the product Aquanil HC for treating any type of skin issue that hasn't been examined by your physician.Do not take care not to get Aquanil HC into your eye. If contact does occur, wash your eyes with water.

Interaction with other drug

Skin care products are unlikely to be affected by any other medications you take. But there are many drugs that interfere with each other. Be sure to inform your healthcare professionals about all medications you are taking, which include prescription and non-prescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal remedies.