Compare Hydrocortisone vs. Aristocort

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Anusol Hc
(Hydrocortisone)

Oralone
(Triamcinolone)

Treats itchy or irritated skin. Anusol Hc (Hydrocortisone) is a good topical steroid to try for treating minor rashes or skin irritation.Coming soon.
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Side effects
HydrocortisoneAristocort

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How it works
HydrocortisoneAristocort
Anusol Hc (Hydrocortisone) is a topical steroid that works by decreasing skin itching, swelling, and redness.Coming soon.
Type of medication
HydrocortisoneAristocort
CorticosteroidOver-the-counter
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Available as
HydrocortisoneAristocort
  • Cream, gel, or ointment
  • Lotion
  • Topical solution
  • Cream, gel, or ointment
Used for (click to learn more)
HydrocortisoneAristocort
  • Skin inflammation
  • Adrenal insufficiency Allergic rhinitis
Risk factors for serious side effects
HydrocortisoneAristocort
  • Long-term treatment
  • Not vaccinated against viral diseases
  • Contact with people who have viral illness
  • History of bacterial or viral conditions
  • Long-term treatment
  • Dose of Anusol Hc (Hydrocortisone)
  • Duration of treatment
Detailed Anusol Hc (Hydrocortisone) risks & warnings »
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Pregnancy category
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CFDA pregnancy category (Weigh risks vs. benefits)

Research studies with animals found harmful effects on unborn babies. It hasn’t been properly studied in humans. The benefits might outweigh the risks even if you’re pregnant. Talk with your doctor.

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CFDA pregnancy category (Weigh risks vs. benefits)

Research studies with animals found harmful effects on unborn babies. It hasn’t been properly studied in humans. The benefits might outweigh the risks even if you’re pregnant. Talk with your doctor.

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Alcohol
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Food
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Kidneys and liver
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Sex
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Sleep
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Weight
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Upsides and benefits
HydrocortisoneAristocort
  • Relieves itchy and irritated skin.
  • Doesn't cause the same types of side effects that oral forms of steroids do.
  • It's available over the counter in the drugstore.
  • Most people have very few side effects.
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Downsides and risks
HydrocortisoneAristocort
  • It's not a strong steroid, so it doesn't work for everyone.
  • When used longer than a week, it can cause skin-thinning and make it harder for broken skin to heal.
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Tips from our pharmacists for people taking the medication
HydrocortisoneAristocort
  • Rub a thin layer of Anusol Hc (Hydrocortisone) into the area of skin that is affected.
  • Don't rub it into broken areas of skin and leave the area uncovered.
  • Wash your hands after applying it each time.
  • Don't use Anusol Hc (Hydrocortisone) more often than your doctor or the package label recommends.
  • Wait at least 30 minutes between applying moisturizing lotions and this medication.
  • Talk to your doctor if your skin gets worse or hasn't improved in seven days.
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