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Alcortin A Gel (Hydrocortisone Acetate/iodoquinol/aloe Polysaccharides )


Alcortin A Gel (Hydrocortisone Acetate/iodoquinol/aloe Polysaccharides )

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2% / 1% / 1% 2g

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  • Product Details


    Alcortin A is a topical prescription medication that contains several different active ingredients. This medication is approved for a variety of skin conditions, including autoimmune and infectious. Conditions include:

    • Acne urticaria
    • Anogenital pruritus
    • Atopic dermatitis
    • Bacterial dermatoses
    • Chronic eczematoid otitis externa
    • Contact dermatitis
    • Endogenous chronic infectious dermatitis
    • Folliculitis
    • Impetiginized eczema
    • Intertrigo
    • Lichen simplex chronicus
    • Localized or disseminated neurodermatitis
    • Monliasis
    • Mycotic dermatoses
    • Nuchal eczema
    • Nummular eczema
    • Pyoderma
    • Stasis dermatitis

    Alcortin contains three different active ingredients, including an agent with anti-inflammatory properties and an agent with antifungal and antibacterial properties.

    Fact Table


    Hydrocortisone Acetate: C23H32O6 Iodoquinol: C9H5I2NO Aloe Polysaccharides: Complex mixture, not a single chemical entity


    US FDA



    Legal status


    Chemical Name

    Hydrocortisone Acetate/iodoquinol/aloe Polysaccharides

    Elimination half-life

    Not specifically applicable for topical medications with minimal systemic absorption

    Dosage (Strength)

    2% / 1% / 1% 2g


    Consult Doctor


    Alcortin A Gel

    Protein binding

    Approximately 90%

    PubChem CID

    Hydrocortisone Acetate: 5745 Iodoquinol: 3730 Aloe Polysaccharides: Not applicable


    Not listed


    Hydrocortisone Acetate: 31341 Iodoquinol: 27879 Aloe Polysaccharides: Not applicable

    ATC code

    Not listed


    Hydrocortisone Acetate: DB00741 Iodoquinol: DB04815 Aloe Polysaccharides: Not applicable


    Hydrocortisone Acetate: D00165 Iodoquinol: D02308 Aloe Polysaccharides: Not applicable

    Routes of administration



    Apply to the affected area three to four times daily as directed by the physician. Do not use Alcortin A for longer than prescribed.


    The active ingredients in Alcortin A are iodoquinol, hydrocortisone acetate, and aloe vera leaf. 

    Iodoquinol is an antifungal and antibacterial agent, but it is unclear the exact mechanism of this ingredient.

    Hydrocortisone cream decreases inflammation of the affected skin by decreasing the effects of the immune system at the site. It also increases the absorption of active medication by increasing the movement of substances through the skin and capillaries. 


    Alcortin A may interact with the following medications:

    • Aldesleukin
    • Calcipotriene

    Do not use other topical medications at the same time as Alcortin A. Do not mix other medications with this drug.


    Tell your doctor if you have a history of hormone suppression or any conditions that affect the pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis.

    Medications that contain corticosteroids may increase skin sensitivity and should be used for the shortest time possible.

    Ask your doctor and pharmacist about all precautions related to this drug.

    Side Effects

    The most common side effects may include:

    • Acneiform eruption
    • Atrophic striae
    • Burning sensation of the skin
    • Folliculitis
    • Hypertrichosis
    • Hypopigmentation
    • Maceration of the skin
    • Miliaria
    • Perioral dermatitis
    • Pruritus
    • Secondary skin infection
    • Skin atrophy
    • Skin irritation
    • Xeroderma

    Search for a low Alcortin A price on Canada Pharmacy. Buy Alcortin A with a valid prescription from your doctor.


    1. Alcortin A [package insert]. Carlstadt, NJ: Primus; 2009.

    Frequently Asked Questions about Alcortin A Gel

    What is Alcortin A Gel?

    Alcortin A Gel is a combination medication used to treat skin infections, dermatitis, and eczema.

    How does Alcortin A Gel work?

    Hydrocortisone, a steroid, reduces inflammation and itching, while iodoquinol acts as an antifungal and antibacterial agent. Aloe polysaccharides in the gel soothe the skin and help promote healing.

    How to use Alcortin A Gel?

    Apply a thin film of the gel to the affected area 2-4 times daily, or as directed by your doctor.

    What are the side effects of Alcortin A Gel?

    Common side effects include burning, stinging, redness, and dryness of the skin. Less common side effects include thinning of the skin, rash, and allergic reactions.

    Who should not use Alcortin A Gel?

    Do not use Alcortin A Gel if you are allergic to any of the ingredients, or if you have a viral skin infection (such as chickenpox or shingles).

    Can Alcortin A Gel be used during pregnancy or breastfeeding?

    Talk to your doctor before using Alcortin A Gel if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.

    How to store Alcortin A Gel?

    Store Alcortin A Gel at room temperature, away from heat and moisture.

    What to do if I miss a dose of Alcortin A Gel?

    Apply the missed dose as soon as possible. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and continue with your regular dosing schedule. Do not apply a double dose to make up for a missed one.

    What to do if I overdose on Alcortin A Gel?

    If you think you have overdosed on Alcortin A Gel, contact your doctor or poison control center immediately.

    What other medications can interact with Alcortin A Gel?

    Alcortin A Gel can interact with other medications, such as blood thinners and oral contraceptives. Talk to your doctor about all of the medications you are taking before using Alcortin A Gel.

    IMPORTANT NOTE: The above information is intended to increase awareness of health information and does not suggest treatment or diagnosis. This information is not a substitute for individual medical attention and should not be construed to indicate that use of the drug is safe, appropriate, or effective for you. See your health care professional for medical advice and treatment.

    Product Code : 12905

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