Westcort Cream (Hydrocortisone 17 Valerate) Medication

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Drug Description


Westcort Cream is a prescribed medication used to alleviate the inflammatory and itchy symptoms of corticosteroid-responsive skin conditions in adults, including eczema, dermatitis, allergies, and rashes. 

Like other topical corticosteroids, Westcort Cream possesses anti-inflammatory, antipruritic, and vasoconstrictive properties. While the exact mechanism of its anti-inflammatory action remains uncertain, it is believed to hinder the production of prostaglandins, which are natural substances responsible for pain and inflammation in the body. 

Uses and Dosage 

Before starting treatment with Westcort Cream and with every prescription refill, carefully review the medication guide and patient information leaflet given by your pharmacist. If you have any inquiries or concerns, promptly consult your doctor or pharmacist. 

Westcort Cream is intended for external use only.  

Typically, this cream is applied to the affected areas two or three times daily, depending on the severity of the condition. 

To properly use Westcort Cream, follow these steps: 

  1. Wash and dry your hands before applying the cream. 
  2. Clean and dry the affected areas of your skin. 
  3. As directed by your doctor, apply a thin layer of the cream to the affected area and gently massage it in. 
    • Avoid bandaging, covering, or wrapping the treated area unless your doctor instructs otherwise. 
  4. After applying the cream, wash your hands unless you are using this medication specifically to treat your hands. 

When using this cream near the eyes, exercise caution to prevent it from entering the eyes, as it can potentially worsen or lead to glaucoma. Similarly, avoid contact with the nose or mouth. If accidental contact occurs in these areas, promptly rinse with ample water. 

Refrain from applying this cream to open wounds, burns, or damaged or inflamed skin unless instructed otherwise by your doctor. 

Avoid using Westcort Cream in diaper areas, as diapers or plastic pants can create occlusive dressings. 

Usage of this cream on the face, underarms, or groin areas should only occur under the guidance of your doctor. 

For optimal results, use Westcort Cream regularly, exactly as directed. Do not use more of it or use it for longer than recommended. 

Notify your doctor if your condition persists or worsens beyond two weeks. 

Side Effects 

Common Side Effects

Common initial skin reactions to Westcort Cream may include: 

  • Stinging 
  • Burning 
  • Itching 
  • Irritation 
  • Dryness 
  • Redness at the application site 

These side effects should subside within a few days as your body adapts to the medication. If any of these symptoms persist or worsen, inform your doctor immediately. 

Serious Side Effects 

  • Skin thinning 
  • Skin blistering 
  • Stretch marks 
  • Blurred vision 
  • Halos around lights 
  • Irregular heartbeats 
  • Insomnia 
  • Weight gain 
  • Facial puffiness 
  • Fatigue 

Tell your doctor right away if any of the serious side effects above are experienced. 

Allergic Reactions 

In rare cases, Westcort Cream may trigger a serious allergic response. Get medical help right away if you observe any indications of an allergic reaction, such as: 

  • Rash 
  • Itching or swelling (especially of the face, tongue, or throat) 
  • Severe dizziness 
  • Trouble breathing 

This list does not encompass all potential side effects of Westcort Cream. If you encounter any unlisted side effects, inform your doctor. 


Before starting treatment with Westcort Cream, inform your doctor about any known allergies, particularly to hydrocortisone or to other corticosteroids (e.g., prednisone, triamcinolone).  

Consult your pharmacist for additional information about this cream, as it may contain inactive ingredients that can cause allergic reactions or other issues. 

To ensure Westcort Cream is safe for you, disclose to your doctor your medical background, especially if you have a history of: 

  • Impaired blood circulation 
  • Diabetes 
  • Immune system disorders 

Inform your healthcare providers about all your medications, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements, to minimize the risk of drug interactions with Westcort Cream. 

Although rare, extended usage of Westcort Cream may temporarily reduce a child’s growth rate. Regularly consult with the doctor to assess your child’s height progress. 

Westcort Cream should only be used when necessary, during pregnancy. Consult your doctor to understand the potential risks and benefits. 

The transfer of hydrocortisone into breast milk through skin application is uncertain. Conversely, other similar medications do pass into breast milk when ingested orally. Before breastfeeding, seek advice from your doctor. 

Additional information

Generic name:

Hydrocortisone 17 Valerate





Quantities Available:

60g, 120g

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