Anusol Hc


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Treats itchy or irritated skin.

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

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Quick facts about Hydrocortisone
  • Drug class: Dermatologic
  • Rx status: Over-the-counter
  • Generic status: Lower-cost generic available (hydrocortisone)


  • 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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  • 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.
How it works

Anusol Hc (Hydrocortisone) is a topical steroid that works by decreasing skin itching, swelling, and redness.

Quick facts about Hydrocortisone
  • Drug class: Dermatologic
  • Rx status: Over-the-counter
  • Generic status: Lower-cost generic available (hydrocortisone)

Used for

  • Skin inflammation
  • Itching

Dosage forms

  • Cream, gel, or ointment
  • Lotion
  • Topical solution
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Side effect rates for Anusol Hc (Hydrocortisone)

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Risks and Warnings for Anusol Hc (Hydrocortisone)

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    • Higher risk if:
    • Long-term treatment
    • Not vaccinated against viral diseases
    • Contact with people who have viral illness
    • History of bacterial or viral conditions

    If you take Anusol Hc (Hydrocortisone) for a long time it can increase your risk of all types of infections, make it hard to tell if you have one, take longer to fight and be more serious. Be careful not to be in contact with anyone who has the chicken pox or measles. If you had tuberculosis (TB) in the past your doctor will need to monitor you while taking Anusol Hc (Hydrocortisone). You may need to take medicine to prevent getting it or treat it if your TB comes back. Talk to your doctor before taking Anusol Hc (Hydrocortisone) if you haven't had vaccinations against certain viral diseases, are under stress or regularly around sick people.

Common concerns from people taking Anusol Hc (Hydrocortisone)

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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.

Tip: Always talk with your doctor before you take any medication while pregnant.
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