What is Cort-S (Hydrocortisone) used for?
Cort-S (Hydrocortisone) is an injectable corticosteroid prescribed to treat severe inflammatory conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis or severe allergic reactions. The medication reduces inflammation in the body to relieve swelling or itching affecting the joints or other areas affected by your particular condition. This action makes it useful for treating other conditions including severe allergic reactions. Your physician may prescribe this medication for other unlisted purposes, as well.
How should I use Cort-S (Hydrocortisone)?
Cort-S (Hydrocortisone) should always be injected by your physician or a trained health care professional to prevent serious complications from occurring. The correct dosage and frequency of administration will depend on your weight, the condition being treated, your current health, and the severity of your symptoms. If you are required to perform your own injection make sure you are fully instructed in the correct procedure to prevent potential health problems from occurring. Sterilize the injection site and syringe before use, collect the prescribed amount of solution into the syringe, and inject it into the inflamed joint or inflamed tissue. Always observe the solution before use to make sure it is not cloudy or discolored as this may indicate contamination. Ask your physician or pharmacist any questions you have about the medicine to make sure you are using it correctly.
What are the side effects of Cort-S (Hydrocortisone)?
Cort-S (Hydrocortisone) may cause side effects in some patients such as:
Serious symptoms that may require emergency medical attention are dangerously high blood sugar levels, signs of a new infection, pancreatitis, osteoporosis, unusual mood changes, Cushing's syndrome, severe hypertension, edema, glaucoma, thromboembolism, darkened urine, discolored stools, or jaundice. Inform your physician as soon as you experience any intense or worrying side effects to make sure the correct alterations are made to your dosage or application frequency to prevent more problems from occurring.
Do not use Cort-S (Hydrocortisone) if you have a widespread infection, infected joints, tendons, soft tissues, or if the injection is to be performed in the spinal joints. Also inform your physician if you are elderly, if the patient being treated is a child, or if you have a history of tuberculosis, peptic ulcer, osteoporosis, severe mental illness, glaucoma, diabetes, hypertension, or if you are a woman who has gone through menopause. These conditions may result in unexpected problems requiring special adjustments to your treatment.
Strictly follow all instructions provided to you by your physician or pharmacist while using Cort-S (Hydrocortisone). Optimum and safe dosage can differ based on the patient and the condition being treated.
As this medication may be unsafe for certain patients, it is essential you always inform your physician if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, as well as if you have any allergies, other illnesses, or ongoing health conditions, and if you are taking any other form of medication, supplements, or herbal products.
Immediately seek emergency medical care if you have an allergic or hypersensitive reaction. Common signs of a reaction include hives, swelling, skin rashes, chest pains, as well as trouble breathing or swallowing.