Cortate Cream (Hydrocortisone - non Rx) Medication


Cortate Cream (Hydrocortisone - non Rx)

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Drug Description


Cortate Cream is indicated for managing symptoms associated with atopic dermatitis and corticosteroid-responsive skin conditions. 

As a corticosteroid, Cortate Cream works by stimulating the body’s natural skin compounds to alleviate swelling, redness, and itchiness linked to these conditions. 

Uses and Dosage 

Before using Cortate Cream and every time you get a refill, carefully read the product package and accompanying patient information leaflet. If you have any questions or need further clarification, do not hesitate to seek guidance from your doctor or pharmacist. 

Cortate Cream is intended exclusively for skin use. Nevertheless, refrain from using it on the face or underarms unless instructed by your doctor. 

Typically, Cortate Cream is applied to the affected skin area one to four times daily. 

To apply the cream: 

  1. Ensure your hands are clean and completely dry. 
  2. Clean and dry the area needing treatment. 
  3. Apply a small amount of the cream to the affected area and gently massage it in, adhering to the instructions from your doctor or the product package. 
  4. After applying the cream, remember to wash your hands unless the treatment involves your hands. 

Do not use dressings, coverings, or wraps over the treatment site unless specifically advised by your doctor. 

When applying the cream in proximity to the diaper region, avoid using snug-fitting diapers or impermeable plastic pants. 

Do not allow this cream to come into contact with the eyes, nose, or mouth. In case of contact, rinse thoroughly with water. If irritation persists, promptly consult your doctor. 

For best results, use Cortate Cream at the same times each day, exactly as directed on the product package or as instructed by your doctor. 

Inform your doctor if your symptoms persist or worsen beyond 7 days or if you suspect a potentially serious medical issue. 

Side Effects 

The potential adverse effects of Cortate Cream are outlined below. Promptly notify your doctor if any of these symptoms persist or worsen. 

Common Side Effects 

  • Burning, dryness, irritation, redness, or stinging at the application site 
  • Acne 
  • Unusual hair growth 
  • Small red bumps on the skin  
  • Skin thinning/discoloration 
  • Stretch marks 

Serious Side Effects 

  • Worsening skin condition: redness, warmth, swelling, oozing, or severe irritation in treated skin areas 
  • Signs of high blood sugar: 
    • Increased thirst 
    • Increased urination 
    • Dry mouth 
    • Fruity breath odor 
  • Signs of medicine absorption: 
    • Weight gain, especially in the face, upper back, and torso 
    • Slow wound healing 
    • Thin or discolored skin 
    • Increased body hair 
    • Muscle weakness 
    • Nausea, diarrhea 
    • Fatigue 
    • Mood changes 
    • Menstrual changes 
    • Sexual changes 

Immediately notify your doctor if you exhibit any severe side effects. 

Allergic Reactions 

In rare cases, Cortate Cream may trigger a severe allergic response. Urgent medical help should be sought if any symptoms of an allergic reaction are noticed, including: 

  • Skin rash 
  • Difficulty breathing 
  • Swelling or itching of the face, tongue, or throat 
  • Severe Dizziness 

This list does not cover all side effects of Cortate Cream. Should you observe any unlisted effects, consult your doctor or pharmacist. 


Before starting treatment with Cortate Cream, inform your doctor if you have any known allergies, particularly to hydrocortisone, to any of the inactive ingredients of this cream, or to other corticosteroids (e.g., prednisone and triamcinolone). 

Disclose to your doctor your medical background before using Cortate Cream to ensure its appropriateness for your condition. 

Inform your doctor of all the medicines you are currently taking or plan to start or discontinue, including prescription medications, over-the-counter drugs, vitamins, and herbal products, to prevent any interaction with Cortate Cream. 

If there is an infection or sore in the area to be treated, refrain from using Cortate Cream, as this medication can exacerbate skin infections. Notify your doctor immediately if redness, swelling, or irritation shows no improvement. 

Cortate Cream should only be used during pregnancy if necessary. Discuss with your doctor the potential advantages and risks of this medication. 

The transfer of hydrocortisone into breast milk through topical application is currently uncertain. Seek medical advice prior to breastfeeding to ensure the safety of your child. 

Additional information

Generic name:

Hydrocortisone, Hydrocortisone – non Rx


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Quantities Available:

15g, 45g

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