Compare Cortisone vs. Hydrocortisone

Head-to-head comparisons of medication uses, side effects, ratings, and more.

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Treats itchy or irritated skin.

Anusol Hc (Hydrocortisone) is a good topical steroid to try for treating minor rashes or skin irritation.

Upsides
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  • 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.
Downsides
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  • 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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Used for
  • Acute lymphoid leukemia Adrenal insufficiency Allergic disorder Chronic lymphoid leukemia Collagen disease Disorder of endocrine system Disorder of eye Disorder of gastrointestinal tract Disorder of hematopoietic structure Disorder of respiratory system Disorder of skin Hodgkin's disease Hypercalcemia of malignancy Inflammatory disorder of musculoskeletal system Mycosis fungoides Neoplastic disease Nephrotic syndrome Non-Hodgkin's lymphoma Trichinosis Tuberculosis of meninges; Adjunct
  • Carcinoma of breast Carcinoma of prostate Fever
  • Due to malignancy; treatment adjunct Intracranial tumor Multiple myeloma
  • Skin inflammation
  • Itching
Dosage forms
  • Pill
  • Cream, gel, or ointment
  • Lotion
  • Topical solution
Price
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Side effects
The Cortisone FDA package insert doesn’t have numbers about how common side effects are.
The Anusol Hc (Hydrocortisone) FDA package insert doesn’t have numbers about how common side effects are.
Risks and risk factors
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  • Increased risk for infections
    • Long-term treatment
    • Not vaccinated against viral diseases
    • Contact with people who have viral illness
    • History of bacterial or viral conditions
  • Kaposi's sarcoma
    • Long-term treatment
  • Bone effects
    • Dose of Anusol Hc (Hydrocortisone)
    • Duration of treatment
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