A generic drug is a copy of the brand-name drug with the same dosage, safety, strength, quality, consumption method, performance, and intended use. Before generics become available on the market, the generic company must prove it has the same active ingredients as the brand-name drug and works in the same way and in the same amount of time in the body.
The only differences between generics and their brand-name counterparts is that generics are less expensive and may look slightly different (eg. different shape or color), as trademarks laws prevent a generic from looking exactly like the brand-name drug.
Generics are less expensive because generic manufacturers don't have to invest large sums of money to develop a drug. When the brand-name patent expires, generic companies can manufacture a copy of the brand-name and sell it at a substantial discount.
Known as Dioderm, Cortef in the UK
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Hydrocortisone is a prescription topical corticosteroid used to counter inflammatory skin conditions like eczema and dermatitis, among others, as well at to reduce inflammation due to bites or stings from insects. Hydrocortisone may also be used to treat diaper rash for infants, but generally only when non-medicated product approaches to it have been ineffective. Hydrocortisone creams will have the primary active hydrocortisone ingredient mixed with emollients that work to hydrate the skin more thoroughly and aid in relief of inflammatory skin conditions.
This product is not to be confused with hydrocortisone butyrate, which is a much stronger prescription corticosteroid cream that is only prescribed for severe skin conditions.
Hydrocortisone cream is available in both 1% and 2.5% strength formulations and ordering from Canada Pharmacy gives you the opportunity to order these medications online at the best price. You can get to-your-door delivery as part of your account here, and both product quality and customer satisfaction are guaranteed.
Apply a small quantity of hydrocortisone cream to affected areas of the skin. Rub the cream into the skin until it has been absorbed and is no longer visible on top of it. Do not use hydrocortisone cream on areas where there is broken skin or open wounds or sores. It is also important to not apply it to any infected areas of skin unless that are has been previously treated with an anti-infective agent like miconazole or clotrimazole.
Apply hydrocortisone cream once or twice a day, or differently only as directed by a physician. The standard guideline is that it should not be applied more than twice a day. It is unlikely that a physician would suggest exceeding this number of applications.
Leave the area of skin alone after applying hydrocortisone cream, and avoid touching it unless necessary.
After apply hydrocortisone cream you should wash your hands (unless the hands are the treatment area)
10mg (1%) or 25mg (2.5%) hydrocortisone USP, purified water, cetyl alcohol, glycerin, stearyl alcohol, propylene glycol, sodium lauryl sulfate, cetyl palmitate, sorbic acid
Hydrocortisone cream is a very safe product for the most part, and most people will experience nothing in the way of side effects from using it. However, if topical steroid creams are used for extended periods of time then they can thin the person’s skin or lead them to develop permanent stretchmarks, allergic contact dermatitis, acne, rosacea, or abnormal hair growth at the site.
Always be sure to follow your physicians’ advice exactly regarding your application quantities and duration of use for hydrocortisone cream.
Hydrocortisone cream use may cause the following side effects, but they are uncommon: