What is this medication for?
cream, lotion, or ointment is used for temporary
relief of minor skin irritations such as itching and rashes due to eczema,
insect bites, poison ivy, poison oak, poison sumac, soaps, detergents,
cosmetics, and jewelry. Hydrocortisone is a corticosteroid
medication and works by reducing redness, itching and inflammation.
Your doctor may have suggested this medication for conditions other than those listed here. As well, some forms of this medication may not be used for all of the conditions discussed here. If you are not sure why you are taking this medication, speak to your doctor. Do not stop taking this medication without consulting your doctor.
Do not give this medication to anyone else, even if they have the same symptoms as you do. It can be harmful for people to take this medication if their doctor has not prescribed it.
What form(s) does this medication come in?
Ala-Cort® is available as:
Some medications may have other generic brands available. Always ask your doctor or pharmacist about the safety of switching between brands of the same medication.
How should I use this medication?
topical preparations (i.e., cream, lotion, or ointment) should be applied to the affected area in a thin film
2 to 4 times a day, depending on the severity of the condition. Take care
not to get this medication in your eyes. After applying the medication, wash
your hands. Do not bandage or otherwise wrap or cover the area where the medication has been applied so that
it can't breathe, unless instructed to do so by your doctor. If symptoms persist
longer than 7 days, consult a doctor. This medication is intended for external
Many things can affect the dose of medication that a person needs, such as body weight, other medical conditions, and other medications. If your doctor has recommended directions different from the ones listed here, do not change
the way that you are using the medication without consulting your doctor.
It is important to use this medication exactly as prescribed by your doctor.
If you miss a dose, use it as soon as possible and continue with your regular schedule. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and continue with your regular dosing schedule. Do not use a double dose to make up for a missed one. If you are not sure what to do after missing a dose, contact your doctor or pharmacist for advice.
Store this medication at room temperature, protect it from
freezing, heat, light, and moisture, and keep it out of the reach of children.
Who should NOT take this medication?
Topical hydrocortisone should not be used by anyone who is allergic to hydrocortisone or to any ingredients of the medication.