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Exederm for Eczema and Dermatitis

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

What is Exederm?

Exederm is a steroid used to treat inflammation, itching, and other symptoms of skin conditions.Hydrocortisone topical is available in many different brands and forms. This leaflet does not list all brands.This medication guide does not list all possible uses of Exederm.

Side effects of Exederm for Eczema and Dermatitis

If you experience any of the following symptoms of an allergic reaction, seek immediate medical attention: difficulty breathing, hives, swelling of the face, lips, or throat.

Exederm can 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 that you have absorbed Exederm to treat Eczema or Dermatitis via your skin include: weight gain, especially in the face, upper back, and torso; discolored or thinning skin; increased hair on your body; muscle weakness; and nausea or diarrhea. Other symptoms may include fatigue, mood swings, menstrual and sexual changes, and tiredness.

You may experience less serious side effects or none at all.There may be other side effects.For medical advice about any side effects, always seek medical advice from your physician first. To report side effects or seek assistance from the FDA directly, call their hotline at 1-800-FDA-1088.


Please read all the instructions on the label or package of your medication. 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 Exederm, it is best not to use the product.

Inform your doctor of any of the following issues:

  • Any type of skin infection
  • A skin reaction to any medicine containing steroids;
  • Liver disease
  • An adrenal gland disorder is a condition that affects the adrenal gland.

Steroids can cause glucose levels to increase in the blood or urine. Inform your doctor if you have diabetes.Exederm is not recommended for children younger than 2 without consulting a doctor.Consult your doctor before taking this medication if you're pregnant or nursing.Avoid areas where the mouth of your baby may come into contact with Exederm.

How to take Exederm for Eczema and Dermatitis?

Follow the instructions on the label or those prescribed by your doctor.Take it only by mouth. Topical medicines are only to be used on the skin.Please read and follow all instructions for use that come with your medication.If you don't understand the instructions, talk with your physician or pharmacist.You should wash your hands both before and after you use hydrocortisone, unless it is to treat your skin.Rub a thin layer on the affected area of skin. Do not apply the medicine to a large surface area unless you have been told by your doctor.Cover the treated area only if your doctor says so. Covering the treated area can increase the amount of medicine absorbed by your skin and cause adverse effects.Before each use, shake the lotion or spray to ensure that it is well mixed.Use only loose-fitting or plastic diapers if you're treating the diaper area.If your symptoms don't improve or worsen within seven days, stop using hydrocortisone. Call your doctor.Store at room temperature and away from moisture or heat to extend shelf life. 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.Exederm can cause thinning of the skin, bruising easily, changes in body weight (especially on your neck, back, and face), acne, facial hair growth, menstrual issues, impotence, or a loss of interest in sex.

What should be avoided?

Exederm is not recommended for treating any skin conditions that have not been examined by your doctor.Avoid getting Exederm for Eczema or Dermatitis into your eyes. Rinse with water if contact occurs.

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 any prescription or over-the-counter medications, vitamins, and herbal remedies.