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The generic name: for hydrocortisone topical is [hyedroeKOR-tie-sone].
Brand names include: Ala Cort, Ala Scalp, Anusol HC, Aquanil HC, and Aquaphor Itch Relief.
Drug class: topical steroids

What is Locoid?

Locoid is a steroid used to treat inflammation, itching, and other 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.This medication guide does not list all possible uses for Locoid.

Side effects of Locoid

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.

Locoid can cause serious side effects. If you experience:

  • Skin conditions are worsening;
  • Any skin that has been treated may experience redness, heat or swelling.
  • High sugar, increased thirst, increased urination, dry mouth and fruity breath aroma
  • Possible signs of Locoid absorption through the skin include: weight gain, especially in the face, upper back, and torso; slow wound healing or skin discoloration; muscle weakness; diarrhoea; or nausea.

Some side effects may be milder or even non-existent.There may be other side effects. For medical advice on side effects, call your doctor. To report adverse effects, you can contact the FDA 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 Locoid, then it is best not to use the product.

Inform your doctor if you experience any of these symptoms:

  • 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.Locoid should not be given to 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 the baby may be in contact with Locoid.

How to take Locoid?

Follow the directions on the label, or those prescribed by your physician.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.Ask your pharmacist or doctor if you do not understand.If you are using hydrocortisone to treat skin, then wash your hands before and after.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 spray and hydrocortisone well.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 away from moisture or heat at room temperature. 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.Locoid may cause thinning of the skin, increased acne, facial hair growth, or impotence.

What should be avoided?

Locoid should not be used to treat skin conditions that have not been examined by your doctor.Avoid getting Locoid 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.