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Cortef (Hydrocortisone)

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    What is Cortef (Hydrocortisone) used for?

    Cortef (Hydrocortisone) is a man-made version of cortisol which is made naturally by the body’s adrenal glands. It is a glucocorticosteroid used to treat various conditions caused by inflammation, immune system disorders and low cortisol levels. Cortef (Hydrocortisone) is used to treat conditions such as arthritis, cancer, severe allergies, breathing problems, Addison’s disease, and some eye and skin problems/skin conditions. It works by suppressing your body’s immune system/immune response.
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    How to use Cortef (Hydrocortisone)?

    Always read and understand the patient information guide provided with the product before you begin taking Hydrocortisone. When you buy Cortef online from Your Canada Drug Store, we always send the products in the manufacturer’s packaging. 

    Hydrocortisone should be taken exactly as prescribed by your doctor.  It should be taken with a full glass of water with food or milk to prevent stomach upset. The dosing and duration will vary based on your condition. Do not stop taking this suddenly. If you miss a dose you can take it when you remember. Skip the missed dose if it is almost time for your next one.

    Do not increase your dose unless instructed by our doctor. Taking extra doses can increase your risk of side effects and may not provide you any benefit. Call your doctor or doctor or pharmacist if you do not notice the expected results.

    When Cortef is stopped suddenly some conditions may worsen and withdrawal symptoms can occur.  When stopping cortef, your dosage may need to be gradually decreased especially if you are on a high dose or if you have been taking it for a long time. Some withdrawal symptoms are muscle pain, weakness, headache, tiredness and weight loss.  Do not toss medications down the toilet. Talk to your pharmacist for proper disposal advice.

    Cortef (Hydrocortisone) drug interactions

    The following drugs are known to interact with Cortef. This is not an exhaustive list of all possible drug interactions. It is important to disclose all your current medications, (including prescription medications and herbal products) with your doctor to prevent allergic reactions or adverse interactions. They may have to determine if the interaction is worth the benefit of using both drugs or if your therapeutic plan needs to be changed.

    • Atracurium
    • Fepradinol
    • Nabumetone
    • Bromfenac
    • Flufenamic Acid
    • Hexafluorenium
    • Tolmetin
    • Floctafenine
    • Levofloxacin
    • Fenoprofen
    • Dexketoprofen
    • Diflunisal
    • Saiboku-To
    • Naproxen
    • Ketorolac
    • Licorice
    • Cobicistat
    • Nadifloxacin
    • Lumiracoxib
    • Rifapentine
    • Aldesleukin
    • Oxaprozin
    • Etoricoxib
    • Dexibuprofen
    • Oxyphenbutazone
    • Pefloxacin
    • Abametapir
    • Colestipol
    • Gatifloxacin
    • Diclofenac
    • Piroxicam
    • Amtolmetin Guacil
    • Besifloxacin
    • Piketoprofen
    • Loxoprofen
    • Proglumetacin
    • Nimesulide Beta Cyclodextrin
    • Salicylic Acid
    • Acemetacin
    • Lornoxicam
    • Balofloxacin
    • Celecoxib
    • Pranoprofen
    • Bupropion
    • Lomefloxacin
    • Phenylbutazone
    • Rofecoxib
    • Salsalate
    • Ciprofloxacin
    • Feprazone

    What are the side effects of Cortef (Hydrocortisone)?

    Cortef has known side effects. This is not a complete list and includes frequently reported adverse events. If you experience any signs and symptoms of serious side effects when taking this, talk to your doctor or seek emergency care.
    Report side effects to your doctor. If you find them unmanageable call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. We also have a pharmacist that can provide counselling when you buy Cortef online.

    • vision changes
    • unexplained weight loss
    • unusual tiredness or weakness
    • decrease in the amount of urine
    • Hives
    • burning, dry, or itching eyes
    • eye tearing
    • pain in the back, ribs, arms, or legs
    • headache
    • fever or chills
    • Backache
    • increased hunger
    • increased urination
    • trouble sleeping
    • heartburn or indigestion (severe and continuous)
    • trouble breathing
    • muscle pain or tenderness
    • sneezing
    • fainting
    • fruit-like breath odor
    • decrease in height
    • cough or hoarseness
    • numbness or tingling in the arms or legs
    • stomach pain or cramps
    • lower back or side pain
    • increased appetite
    • red face
    • eye pain
    • dry scalp
    • irregular heartbeats
    • full or round face, neck, or trunk
    • swelling of the stomach area
    • Abnormal fat deposits on the face, neck, and trunk
    • irritability
    • fractures
    • ear congestion
    • Aggression
    • increased thirst
    • mental depression
    • redness, pain, swelling of eye, eyelid, or inner lining of the eyelid
    • sore throat
    • menstrual irregularities
    • blurred vision
    • trouble thinking, speaking, or walking
    • muscle wasting or weakness
    • vomiting of material that looks like coffee grounds
    • fast, slow, pounding, or irregular heartbeat or pulse
    • dizziness
    • discharge, excessive tearing
    • anxiety
    • dry mouth
    • vomiting
    • lightening of normal skin color
    • reddish purple lines on the arms, face, legs, trunk, or groin
    • decreased vision
    • facial hair growth in females
    • shaking
    • loss of appetite
    • thinning of the scalp hair
    • swelling of the fingers, hands, feet, or lower legs
    • painful or difficult urination
    • pounding in the ears
    • flushed, dry skin
    • acne
    • bloody, black, or tarry stools
    • diarrhea
    • large, hive-like swelling on the face, eyelids, lips, tongue, throat, hands, legs, feet, or sex organs
    • nausea
    • mood changes
    • puffiness or swelling of the eyelids or around the eyes, face, or lips
    • weight gain
    • loss of sexual desire or ability
    • runny or stuffy nose
    • sweating
    • darkening of the skin
    • fever
    • skin rash
    • trouble healing
    • restlessness
    • noisy, rattling breathing

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    Disclaimer: The information provided here is for informational purposes only and is not intended to replace the medical advice provided by a certified medical professional. You require your doctor's approval prior to buying or using Prescription Drugs sold here. We do have a pharmacist on staff if your doctor is unavailable to provide medical advice when you buy Cortef (Hydrocortisone) online. Do not use the information here to ignore or contradict advice provided by a licensed medical professional. Always seek medical advice if you have any questions or concerns about this medication.