Locoid

Generic Name: Hydrocortisone

  • What is Locoid?

    Locoid is a topical medicine (applied to the skin surface) that is available in a cream, ointment, and solution. The cream and ointment are used for the relief of inflammation and itching of certain skin conditions. The solution is used for the relief of inflammation and itching with seborrheic dermatitis (an inflammatory skin condition that affects your face and scalp).

  • What is the most important information I should know about Locoid?

    Locoid is for external use only. Do not use it in your eyes.

    Locoid can have a greater effect on children because they are more likely to absorb large amounts of the medicine through the skin. Long-term use can affect the growth and development of children. Talk to your doctor if you think your child is not growing at a normal rate after using this medication for a long period of time.

    Do not use Locoid for any other condition other than that which your doctor has prescribed.

    Contact your doctor if you notice irritation or any skin reactions in the area being treated.

  • Who should not take Locoid?

    Do not use Locoid if you are allergic to it or any of its ingredients.

  • What should I tell my doctor before I take the first dose of Locoid?

    Tell your doctor about all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medications you are taking before beginning treatment with Locoid. Also, talk to your doctor about your complete medical history, especially if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.

  • What is the usual dosage?

    The information below is based on the dosage guidelines your doctor uses. Depending on your condition and medical history, your doctor may prescribe a different regimen. Do not change the dosage or stop taking your medication without your doctor's approval.

    Adults: Apply a thin film to the affected area(s) 2-3 times a day depending on the severity of your condition.

    Children: Your doctor will prescribe the appropriate dose for your child, based on their need.

  • How should I take Locoid?

    Apply Locoid exactly as prescribed by your doctor.

    For Locoid cream and ointment, you can use occlusive dressings for the management of psoriasis (immune disorder that affects the skin) or other skin conditions that are difficult to treat.

  • What should I avoid while taking Locoid?

    Do not use Locoid in your eyes.

    Do not bandage, cover, or wrap the treated skin area as to be occlusive unless directed by your doctor to do so. In addition, children should not wear tight-fitting diapers or plastic pants if the diaper area is being treated.

  • What are possible food and drug interactions associated with Locoid?

    No significant interactions have been reported with Locoid at this time. However, always tell your doctor about any medicines you take, including over-the-counter medications, vitamins, and herbal supplements.

  • What are the possible side effects of Locoid?

    Side effects cannot be anticipated. If any develop or change in intensity, tell your doctor as soon as possible. Only your doctor can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking this drug.

    Side effects may include: abnormal hair growth, acne (pimples), burning, dryness, infections, inflamed hair follicles, irritation, itching, loss of skin color, skin inflammation, stretch marks, sweat rash, thinning of your skin layers

  • Can I receive Locoid if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?

    The effects of Locoid during pregnancy and breastfeeding are unknown. Tell your doctor immediately if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.

  • What should I do if I miss a dose of Locoid?

    If you miss a dose of Locoid, apply it as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the one you missed and return to your regular dosing schedule. Do not apply two doses at once.

  • How should I store Locoid?

    Store at room temperature. Locoid ointment and solution can be stored in the refrigerator.