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LOCOID (hydrocortisone butyrate) is a topical medication prescribed to treat topical dermatitis in patients who are three years or older. LOCOID is available as a lotion, cream, or ointment.
LOCOID is a topical corticosteroid medication. This type of medicine helps to reduce inflammation and can treat itching, redness, and swelling associated with dermatitis. LOCOID works by decreasing the response of the immune system.
Apply a thin layer of LOCOID to the affected area twice daily or as directed by the doctor.
Do not use LOCOID longer than two weeks unless directed by your physician.
Do not use an occlusive dressing when using LOCOID.
The active ingredient in LOCOID is hydrocortisone butyrate.
There are no known interactions between LOCOID and other medications.
Separate the application of LOCOID and other topical medications by at least 15 minutes to allow each medication to absorb into the skin.
Tell your doctor if you have a history of endocrine disorders, including Cushing’s syndrome, hyperglycemia, and glucosuria.
Corticosteroids can cause reversible hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis suppression, decreasing the usual levels of glucocorticoids. Your doctor should monitor for these reactions, especially if you use LOCOID over a large amount of skin.
LOCOID cream side effects are usually mild, with the most common being application site reactions. LOCOID lotion and LOCOID ointment have similar side effects. Other side effects may include:
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Locoid [package insert]. Ferndale, MI: Valeant; 2014.