Cortef (Hydrocortisone)

General Information

Cortef (Hydrocortisone) is made by the adrenal gland which is a natural substance or a corticosteroid hormone. This is used to treat conditions such as:

  • Hormone/blood/immune system disorders
  • Arthritis
  • Breathing problems
  • Skin and eye conditions
  • Cancer
  • Severe allergies

This medication decreases your immune system’s response to various diseases. It is to reduce symptoms such as swelling, pain, and allergic-type reactions.

Cortef active ingredient is Hydrocortisone which may also be used to treat a low hydrocortisone level that is caused by diseases of the adrenal gland. Corticosteroids are needed in many ways for the body to function well. They are important for salt and water balance and keeping blood pressure normal.

How does Cortef (Hydrocortisone) work?

Cortef (Hydrocortisone) decreases inflammation by acting within cells to inhibit the release of certain chemicals that are important in the immune system. These chemicals are normally involved in producing immune and allergic responses, resulting in inflammation. By decreasing the release of these chemicals in a particular area, inflammation is reduced. This can help control a wide number of disease states characterized by excessive inflammation.

Why use Cortef (Hydrocortisone)?

Cortef (Hydrocortisone) belongs to the class of medications known as corticosteroids. It contains Hydrocortisone which is a glucocorticoid. This is available as tablets for oral administration. Each tablet contains 5mg, 10mg, or 20mg of Hydrocortisone. This has been approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). 

How to use Cortef (Hydrocortisone)?

The recommended dosage is based on your medical condition and response.

Cortef (Hydrocortisone) is usually taken 1 to 4 times a day. It is to be taken by mouth with a full glass of water. You may take it with or without food. If you have an upset stomach, you may take it with milk. Follow the prescription of your doctor very carefully. Take it regularly to get the most benefit of it.

What are the side-effects of Cortef (Hydrocortisone)?

  • Acne
  • Mood changes
  • Thinning and dry skin
  • Sleep problems or insomnia
  • Increased sweating
  • Dizziness
  • Headache
  • Nausea
  • Spinning sensation
  • Stomach pain
  • Bloating
  • Heartburn
  • Menstrual period changes
  • Slow wound healing
  • Bruising or discoloration
  • High blood pressure
  • Muscle weakness

Warnings and Precautions

  • Before taking this medication, let your doctor know if you have any allergies.
  • If you have any medical history or current treatments, tell it to your doctor.
  • Consult your doctor first if you are pregnant or breastfeeding women.
  • Keep this away from moisture and heat.
  • Store at room temperature.