APOHEALTH HYDROCORTISONE 1% CREAM

Contains the active ingredient hydrocortisone acetate


Consumer Medicine Information

What is in this leaflet

This leaflet answers some common questions about APOHEALTH Hydrocortisone 1% Cream. It does not contain all the available information. It does not take the place of talking to your doctor or pharmacist.

All medicines have risks and benefits. Your doctor has weighed the risks of you taking this medicine against the benefits they expect it will have for you.

If you have any concerns about taking this medicine, ask your doctor or pharmacist.

Keep this leaflet with the medicine. You may need to read it again.

What is this medicine

The name of your medicine is APOHEALTH Hydrocortisone 1% Cream. It contains the active ingredient called hydrocortisone acetate. It is available as a cream.

APOHEALTH Hydrocortisone 1% Cream is a type of cortisone and belongs to the group of medicines called corticosteroids.

What this medicine is used for

APOHEALTH Hydrocortisone 1% Cream is a topical corticosteroid therapy for non-infected inflammatory conditions of the skin e.g. eczema, dermatitis.

APOHEALTH Hydrocortisone 1% Cream is used on the skin to relieve the redness, swelling, itching and discomfort of skin problems such as rashes due to eczema, dermatitis, soap, detergent, cosmetics, jewellery, insect bites, itching anal and genital areas not due to infection, and sunburn.

Your doctor or pharmacist however, may have recommended APOHEALTH Hydrocortisone 1% Cream for another purpose.

Ask your pharmacist or doctor if you have any questions about why APOHEALTH Hydrocortisone 1% Cream has been recommended or prescribed to you.

APOHEALTH Hydrocortisone 1% Cream is only available from your pharmacist.

Before you use this medicine

When you must not use it

Do not use this medicine if you have an allergy to:

  • any medicine containing hydrocortisone acetate.
  • any of the ingredients listed at the end of this leaflet.
  • any other similar medicines.

Do not use this medicine on:

  • Untreated bacterial infections
  • Parasitic skin infections (such as scabies)
  • Viral skin infection (such as herpes simplex, cold sores, shingles or chicken pox)
  • Tuberculous conditions of the skin
  • Vaccinia (cowpox: a viral disease passed from cattle)
  • Varicella (a rare form of chicken pox)
  • Acne or rosacea
  • Cuts or open wounds.

Do not use APOHEALTH Hydrocortisone 1% Cream on psoriasis unless recommended by your doctor.

APOHEALTH Hydrocortisone 1% Cream should not be used if you suffer from poor circulation of blood in the skin region, as it may result in skin ulcers.

Do not use occlusive dressings or waterproof bandages unless a doctor has told you to.

Ask your doctor (or pharmacist) to be sure that you do not have any of these conditions.

Do not use APOHEALTH Hydrocortisone 1% Cream after the expiry date printed on the pack. It may have no effect at all, or worse, it may give an entirely unexpected effect if you use after the expiry date.

Do not use APOHEALTH Hydrocortisone 1% Cream if the packaging shows sign of tampering or the seal on the tube is broken, or if the product does not look quite right.

Before you start to use it

Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have allergies to any other medicines, foods, preservatives or dyes.

Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have or have had any of the following medical conditions:

  • any other health problems such as diabetes or problems with your immune system
  • serious eye conditions including cataract, glaucoma or central serous chorioretinopathy (CSCR).

Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant or are breastfeeding. Your doctor can discuss with you the risks and benefits involved.

If APOHEALTH Hydrocortisone 1% Cream is to be applied to the breast, do not apply the cream to the breast before breast feeding. Ensure that the breast area is free of the cream before breastfeeding.

Using other medicines

Tell your doctor (or pharmacist) if you are using other creams, ointments or lotions or taking any medicine, including any that you get without a prescription from your pharmacy, supermarket or health food shop.

Some medicines may interfere with APOHEALTH Hydrocortisone 1% Cream if it is used excessively or for prolonged periods. Some of these medicines include medicines to treat epilepsy, diuretics, oral contraceptive pills and immunosuppressants.

Your doctor or pharmacist has a list of medicines that may interfere with APOHEALTH Hydrocortisone 1% Cream.

If you have not told your doctor (or pharmacist) about any of the above, tell them before you start using APOHEALTH Hydrocortisone 1% Cream.

Use in Children

Do not use in children under 2 years unless your doctor tells you to do so.

How to use this medicine

How to use it

Apply a thin layer to affected areas two to four times a day or as directed. Rub in gently. Reduce the number of applications as the disorder subsides.

Do not apply this cream under occlusive dressings or waterproof bandages unless on the advice of a doctor.

It is important to use APOHEALTH Hydrocortisone 1% Cream exactly as your doctor (or pharmacist) has told you.

If you use it less than you should, it may not work as well and your skin problem may not improve.

Using it more often than you should may not improve your skin problem any faster and may cause or increase side effects.

Use APOHEALTH Hydrocortisone 1% Cream at the same time every day.

How long to use it

Do not use APOHEALTH Hydrocortisone 1% Cream for more than 7 days except on the advice of a doctor. If your condition persists, see your pharmacist or doctor.

Reduce the number of applications as the disorder subsides. If you use APOHEALTH Hydrocortisone 1% Cream for a long time, the chance of side effects increases.

If you forget to use it

If you forget to use APOHEALTH Hydrocortisone 1% Cream, use it as soon as you remember and then go back to your normal times for applying APOHEALTH Hydrocortisone 1% Cream.

Do not try to make up for the amount you missed by using more than you normally use.

If you swallow it

Telephone your doctor or Poisons Information Centre (phone 13 11 26) or go to the accident and emergency centre at your nearest hospital immediately if anyone swallows APOHEALTH Hydrocortisone 1% Cream.

While you are using this medicine

Things you must do

Tell all your doctors and pharmacists who are treating you that you are using APOHEALTH Hydrocortisone 1% Cream.

Tell your doctor if you feel that APOHEALTH Hydrocortisone 1% Cream is not helping your condition.

Tell your doctor if you become pregnant while using APOHEALTH Hydrocortisone 1% Cream.

Things you must not do

Do not use APOHEALTH Hydrocortisone 1% Cream under dressings or on large areas of skin unless your doctor tells you.

Do not use APOHEALTH Hydrocortisone 1% Cream in or near the eyes.

Do not give APOHEALTH Hydrocortisone 1% Cream to anyone else even if their symptoms seem similar to yours.

Do not use APOHEALTH Hydrocortisone 1% Cream to treat other conditions unless your doctor tells you.

Your doctor or pharmacist has recommended APOHEALTH Hydrocortisone 1% Cream especially for you and your condition. If you use it for another condition, it may not work or make the condition worse.

Things to be careful of

Do not use large amounts of APOHEALTH Hydrocortisone 1% Cream for a long time. If you use large amounts for long time, the chance of systemic absorption through the skin and the chance of side effects increase.

Ask your doctor (or pharmacist) if you are concerned about the length of time you have been using APOHEALTH Hydrocortisone 1% Cream.

Only use APOHEALTH Hydrocortisone 1% Cream under the arm or in the groin if your doctor tells you.

Possible side effects

Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you do not feel well while you are using APOHEALTH Hydrocortisone 1% Cream.

APOHEALTH Hydrocortisone 1% Cream helps most people with skin problems but it may have some unwanted side effects in a few people.

Side effects reported by some people using APOHEALTH Hydrocortisone 1% Cream include:

  • itching
  • burning
  • dryness
  • acne-form eruptions
  • thinning of the skin
  • blurred vision

In addition to the above side effects prolonged or over-use of this product may cause the following side effects in some people:

  • high blood pressure
  • elevated cholesterol and triglyceride levels in the blood
  • cataracts
  • glaucoma
  • central serous chorioretinopathy (CSCR)

APOHEALTH Hydrocortisone 1% Cream may cause other side effects. If you have any other side effects, check with your doctor.

Do not be alarmed by this list of possible side effects. You may not experience any of them.

Storage and disposal

Storage

Keep APOHEALTH Hydrocortisone 1% Cream where young children cannot reach it. A locked cupboard at least one-and-a-half metres above the ground is a good place to store medicines.

Keep APOHEALTH Hydrocortisone 1% Cream in a cool dry place where the temperature stays below 25 °C.

Do not leave APOHEALTH Hydrocortisone 1% Cream in the car or on windowsills. Heat can destroy some medicines.

Disposal

If your doctor tells you to stop using APOHEALTH Hydrocortisone 1% Cream or it has passed its expiry date, ask your pharmacist what to do with any APOHEALTH Hydrocortisone 1% Cream left over.

Further information

This is not all the information that is available on APOHEALTH Hydrocortisone 1% Cream. If you need more information, ask a doctor or pharmacist.

Product description

What it looks like

APOHEALTH Hydrocortisone 1% Cream is a soft white cream.

APOHEALTH Hydrocortisone 1% Cream is packed in 30g tubes.

Ingredients

Hydrocortisone acetate 1% or 10 mg/g is the active ingredient in APOHEALTH Hydrocortisone 1% Cream.

It also contains the following inactive ingredients:

  • soft white paraffin,
  • liquid paraffin,
  • cetomacrogol 1000,
  • cetostearyl alcohol,
  • chlorocresol (preservative),
  • citric acid and
  • sodium citrate dihydrate

Australian Registration Numbers

APOHEALTH Hydrocortisone 1% Cream

AUST R 295687

Sponsor

Apotex Pty Ltd
16 Giffnock Avenue
Macquarie Park NSW 2113

The APOTEX and APOHEALTH trademarks are used under licence.

This leaflet was last updated in:
June 2018.

Published by MIMS April 2019