Main Ingredient: Hydrocortisone
Epicort is a corticosteroid given to treat the rash, itching, inflammation, and other forms of skin disorders including eczema and psoriasis. Drugs like Epicort do not cure the cause of these problems but they can quickly relieve the symptoms by interfering with the production of various substances in the body that cause these skin disorders. That is why it is imperative that corticosteroids like Epicort should not be used without prior consultation of your physician, as these conditions could be a symptom of a larger problem.
EPICORT SIDE EFFECTS
Common side effects of using Epicort may include allergic reaction, rash, irritation, acne, headache, itching, and discoloration of skin. Rare side effects of Epicort may include back pain, heart problems, stomach ulcer, fatigue, irregular menstruation, diabetes, insomnia, and mood swings.
The Epicort side effects are more likely when the treated area is covered with waterproof bandage.
Use of large quantities of Epicort over large parts of your body should be avoided as large quantities may be absorbed into the blood stream, which could lead to serious side effects.
Avoid using large amounts of Epicort over large areas of your body as this could lead to needless side effects somewhere else in the body.
Topical corticosteroids like Epicort should not be used as the exclusive treatment for serious skin diseases like herpes, fungus, or skin tuberculosis.
Do not use Epicort if you ever had an allergic reaction from using it in the past.
Prolonged use of topical corticosteroids like Epicort near the eyes may cause cataracts or glaucoma.
Children are more at risk of serious side effects from Epicort.
Epicort should not be given to infants under one year of age or for children older than 1 year for more than 3 weeks.
Check with your physician before combining Epicort with other steroids.
EPICORT AND PREGNANCY
Topical corticosteroids like Epicort may cause birth defects especially when applied in large amounts. If you are or think you may be pregnant, do not use Epicort without first checking with your doctor.
Nursing mothers should switch to bottle feed while using Epicort.
Consult with you doctor or pharmacist as the doses vary with each condition.
Symptoms of Epicort overdose may include anxiety, depression, increased blood glucoe level, high blood pressure and water retention(swelling under the skin). In case of Epicort overdose, seek medical help right away.
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