Generic Name: Hydrocortisone

  • What is Westcort?

    Westcort is a topical medicine (applied to the skin surface) that is used in adults for the relief of inflammation and itching of the skin. It is available in a cream and an ointment.

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

    Westcort is for external use only. Do not use it in your eyes, face, underarms, or groin areas.

    Do not use Westcort 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 or if your condition does not improve within two weeks.

  • Who should not take Westcort?

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

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

    Tell your doctor about all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medications you are taking before beginning treatment with Westcort. 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.

  • How should I take Westcort?

    Apply Westcort exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Contact your doctor if you see no improvement within two weeks of treatment.

  • What should I avoid while taking Westcort?

    Do not use Westcort in your eyes, face, underarms, or groin areas.

    Do not bandage, cover, or wrap the treated skin area as to be occlusive unless directed by your doctor to do so.

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

    No significant interactions have been reported with Westcort 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 Westcort?

    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: burning, dryness, infections, irritation, itching, redness, skin inflammation, worsening of your condition

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

    The effects of Westcort 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 Westcort?

    If you miss a dose of Westcort, 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 Westcort?

    Store at room temperature.