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Dermtex HC

Generic name:  hydrocortisone topical is [hyedroeKOR-tie-sone].

Brand names:  Ala Cort, Ala Scalp, Anusol HC, Aquanil HC, and Aquaphor Itch Relief.
Drug class: topical steroids

What is Dermtex HC?

Dermtex HC is a steroid used to treat inflammation, itching, and skin conditions that respond to steroid medications. There are a number of brands and forms available for hydrocortisone topical. This leaflet does not list all brands. Dermtex HC can be used in other ways not mentioned in this guide.

Side effects of Dermtex HC

When symptoms of an allergic reaction appear, seek medical assistance immediately: difficulty breathing, hives or facial or throat swelling.

Dermtex HC may cause serious side effects. If you experience:

  • Skin conditions are worsening;
  • Redness, heat, swelling, oozing, or severe irritation on any skin treated
  • High sugar; increased thirst; increased urination; dry mouth; fruity breath smell;
  • Possible signs of Dermtex HC absorption through the skin include: weight gain, especially in your face, upper back, and torso; discolored or thinning skin; increased hair on your body; muscle weakness; vomiting; diarrhea fatigue; and mood changes.

You may experience less serious side effects or none at all. There may be other side effects.Call your physician if experiencing side effects; alternatively, the FDA can be reached at 1-800-FDA-1088 if reporting specific incidences.


Please read and follow all instructions listed on your medication's label or package before taking it. Inform your healthcare provider about your medical conditions, your allergies, and the medicines you are using.

Before you take this drug

If you have an allergy to Dermtex HC, then it is best not to use this product.

Notify your doctor of any of the following issues:

  • Any type of skin infection
  • Skin sensitisation to any medication containing steroids;
  • Liver disease
  • An adrenal gland disorder is a condition that affects the adrenal glands.

Steroids can cause glucose levels to increase in the blood or urine. Inform your doctor if you have diabetes. Dermtex HC should not be given to a child under 2 years of age without consulting a doctor. Consult your doctor before taking this medication if you're pregnant or nursing. Avoid areas where the mouth of a baby may be in contact with Dermtex HC.

How to take Dermtex HC?

Follow the instructions on the label or those prescribed by your doctor. Take it only by mouth. TTopical medications must only be applied topically. Please read and follow all directions included with your medication, even if they appear confusing or uncertain to you. If needed, speak to either your physician or pharmacist for clarification of instructions. Before and after using hydrocortisone to treat skin conditions, make sure that both hands are washed thoroughly with soap and water before and afterwards. Just rub a thin layer on the affected area. Do not apply over large surface areas without first consulting with your physician. Always follow your doctor's orders regarding how and where to cover treated areas; otherwise doing so could increase how quickly medicine penetrates into the skin, increasing dosage and possibly leading to adverse side effects. Prior to each use, ensure the spray and hydrocortisone mixture are mixed thoroughly. Use only loose-fitting plastic diapers if treating the diaper area. If your symptoms do not improve or worsen within seven days of taking hydrocortisone, discontinue its use immediately and contact a healthcare provider immediately. Store at room temperature, away from moisture and heat. When not in use, keep the bottle tightly sealed.

What happens if I miss the dose?

If you are close to your next dose, skip the missed dose. Never apply two doses at once.

What happens if I overdose?

If anyone accidentally swallows the medication, seek emergency medical care or call Poison Help at 1-800-222-1222. Dermtex HC is not recommended for long-term or high-dose use. This can cause thinning of the skin, easy bruising, changes in body weight (especially on your face, neck, waist, and back), acne, facial hair or menstrual issues, impotence, or loss of interest.

What should be avoided?

Dermtex HC should not be used to treat skin conditions that have not been examined by your doctor. Avoid getting Dermtex HC into your eyes. Rinse with water if you do.

Interaction with other drug

Other drugs that you take are unlikely to affect the medicine applied to your skin. Many drugs interact with each other. Inform your healthcare provider about the medicines you take, including prescriptions and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products.