hydrocortisone or cortisol
(Eczacort, Hyocotil, Solu-Cortef,
Hydrocortisone is an anti-swelling and
anti-itch skin cream used to treat rashes.
It is also useful for treating hemorrhoids
Important: Do not cover the cream with
a bandage. Pregnant and breastfeeding
women can safely use cream, but should
use tablets with caution.
Side effects: Cream may cause thinning
and scarring of skin if used for more than
Often comes in: Cream or ointment in
many strengths, often 1%
How to use:
For rash, itching, or piles, apply cream
directly on skin 3 or 4 times a day
hydrocortisone, cortisol, ibuprofen 345
(Actiprofen, Advil, Genpril, Motrin,
Nuprin, Rufen, others)
Ibuprofen works against pain, swelling,
and fever. It is very useful to relieve
discomfort during monthly bleeding and
pain from arthritis and AIDS.
Important: Causes less irritation to the
stomach if taken with food, especially
Side effects: May cause stomach
irritation or pain, ringing in the ears,
Often comes in: Tablets of 200 mg and
larger; liquid in 100 mg per 5 ml
How to use: Take 200 to 400 mg 4 to
6 times a day. Do not take more than
2400 mg daily.
Other medicines that may work:
For pain, swelling and fever: aspirin
For pain and fever: acetaminophen
Interactions with other medicines:
with phenytoin: May cause liver
WARNING: Avoid taking within
a week before or after surgery.
Avoid using during the last 3
months of pregnancy.
A Health Handbook for Women with Disabilities 2007