What is Cortef (Hydrocortisone) and what is it used for?
Cortef is a medication that contains hydrocortisone, a steroid hormone that is naturally produced by the adrenal gland. Hydrocortisone is used to treat a variety of conditions, including inflammation, allergies, asthma, rheumatoid arthritis, and autoimmune disorders. It works by reducing inflammation and suppressing the immune system.
How to take Cortef:
Cortef is taken orally with food or milk, usually 2-4 times daily or as directed by your doctor. The dosage and duration of treatment depend on your medical condition and response to treatment. Do not stop taking Cortef without consulting your doctor.
Possible side effects of Cortef:
Cortef may cause some side effects, including:
Changes in menstrual periods
Unusual hair growth
If any of these side effects persist or worsen, inform your doctor immediately.
Precautions and warnings for Cortef:
Before taking Cortef, inform your doctor if you have any medical conditions, especially if you have a history of adrenal gland problems, diabetes, high blood pressure, or if you are pregnant or breastfeeding. Cortef may interact with certain medications, including blood thinners, vaccines, and certain antibiotics.
Cortef may weaken the immune system and increase the risk of infection, so it is important to avoid contact with people who have infections while taking this medication. It is also important to attend regular doctor appointments and report any new or worsening symptoms to your healthcare provider while taking Cortef.