Westcort Ointment (Hydrocortisone 17 Valerate) Medication

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Drug Description


Westcort Ointment is a prescription medicine indicated for the treatment of inflammatory and itchy manifestations of corticosteroid-responsive skin disorders like eczema, dermatitis, allergies, and rash. 

As a topical corticosteroid, Westcort Ointment exhibits anti-inflammatory, antipruritic, and vasoconstrictive qualities. Although the precise mechanism of its anti-inflammatory effect is not fully understood, it is thought to impede the production of prostaglandins, a natural pain and inflammation mediators in the body. 

Uses and Dosage 

Before starting treatment with Westcort Ointment and with every prescription refill, carefully review the medication guide and patient information leaflet given by your pharmacist. For any questions or concerns, consult your doctor or pharmacist. 

Westcort Ointment is intended for external use only.  

Typically, this ointment is applied twice or thrice a day to the affected skin areas depending on the severity of the condition. 

To properly use Westcort Ointment, follow these steps: 

  1. Prior to applying the ointment, ensure your hands are clean and dry. 
  2. Clean and dry the affected skin area. 
  3. Apply a thin layer of the ointment to the affected area and gently massage it in, following your doctor’s instructions. 
    • Unless advised otherwise by your doctor, refrain from bandaging, covering, or wrapping the treated area. 
  4. After application, wash your hands unless you are using this medication specifically for your hands. 

Use caution when applying the ointment near the eyes to prevent it from entering and potentially worsening or causing glaucoma. Similarly, refrain from contact with the nose or mouth. If accidental contact occurs in these areas, promptly rinse with plenty of water. 

Do not apply this ointment on open wounds, burns, or injured or inflamed skin unless directed by your doctor. 

Refrain from using Westcort Ointment in diaper areas as the use of diapers or plastic pants can result in occlusive dressings. 

Consult your doctor before applying this ointment to your face, underarm, or groin areas. 

To ensure optimal results, use Westcort Ointment regularly, exactly as directed. Refrain from exceeding the recommended dosage or extending the duration of application beyond what is advised. 

Once control is achieved, discontinue the use of Westcort Ointment. If there is no improvement within 2 weeks, inform your doctor. 

Side Effects 

Common Side Effects

Common initial skin reactions to Westcort Ointment may include: 

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

These reactions typically subside within a few days as the body adapts to the treatment. Should any of these effects persist or worsen, promptly inform your doctor. 

Serious Side Effects 

  • Stretch marks 
  • Skin thinning or discoloration 
  • Acne 
  • Excessive or unwanted hair growth 
  • Small red skin bumps  

Inform your doctor right away if any of the serious side effects above occur. 

Rarely, Westcort Ointment may be absorbed into the bloodstream, causing excessive corticosteroid side effects. This is more common in children and long-term users. Notify your doctor if you experience any of the following side effects: 

  • Unusual or extreme fatigue 
  • Weight loss 
  • Headaches 
  • Swelling of the ankles or feet 
  • Increased thirst or urination 
  • Vision issues 

Allergic Reactions 

In rare cases, Westcort Ointment may trigger a serious allergic response. Seek immediate medical assistance if you observe any indications of an allergic reaction, such as: 

  • Rash 
  • Face, tongue, or throat itching or swelling 
  • Severe dizziness 
  • Trouble breathing 

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


Notify your doctor of any known allergies, especially to hydrocortisone or other corticosteroids like prednisone and triamcinolone, prior to initiating treatment with Westcort Ointment. 

Seek guidance from your pharmacist regarding this ointment, as it may contain inactive components that could trigger allergic reactions or other complications. 

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

  • Diabetes 
  • Immune system disorders 
  • Impaired blood circulation 

To reduce the risk of potential drug interactions with Westcort Ointment, inform your healthcare providers of all your medications, including prescribed and over-the-counter drugs, as well as any vitamins and herbal supplements you may be taking. 

Westcort Ointment should not be used if there is an infection or sore in the treatment area. 

Although uncommon, prolonged use of Westcort Ointment may have a temporary impact on a child’s growth. To monitor your child’s height, schedule regular check-ups with their healthcare provider. 

During pregnancy, Westcort Ointment should only be applied as needed. Seek medical advice to fully comprehend the associated risks and advantages of this medication. 

The transfer of hydrocortisone into breast milk via topical application is uncertain. However, some similar medications do transfer into breast milk when taken orally. Prior to nursing, seek guidance from your doctor. 

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