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Generic Solu-Cortef

A-hydrocort (hydrocortisone sodium succinate) is a corticosteroid used to treat arthritis, endocrine disorders, lupus, allergies and asthma, and other conditions. It works by decreasing inflammation in different parts of the body such as around tumors or nerve endings to relieve pain. The injection is used when oral hydrocortisone can't be taken. A-hydrocort is a generic version of Solu-Cortef. Compare corticosteroids.
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A-Hydrocort Side Effects

What should I watch for?

Visit your doctor or health care professional for regular checks on your progress. If you are taking this medicine over a prolonged period, carry an identification card with your name and address, the type and dose of your medicine, and your doctor's name and address.

This medicine may increase your risk of getting an infection. Stay away from people who are sick. Tell your doctor or health care professional if you are around anyone with measles or chickenpox.

If you are going to have surgery, tell your doctor or health care professional that you have taken this medicine within the last twelve months.

Ask your doctor or health care professional about your diet. You may need to lower the amount of salt you eat.

The medicine can increase your blood sugar. If you are a diabetic check with your doctor if you need help adjusting the dose of your diabetic medicine.

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Side Effects to watch for

Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible:

  • allergic reactions like skin rash, itching or hives, swelling of the face, lips, or tongue
  • bloody or black, tarry stools
  • changes in vision
  • fever, sore throat, sneezing, cough, or other signs of infection, wounds that will not heal
  • frequent passing of urine
  • increased thirst
  • mental depression, mood swings, mistaken feelings of self importance or of being mistreated
  • pain in hips, back, ribs, arms, shoulders, or legs
  • severe stomach pain
  • swelling of feet or lower legs
  • unusually weak or tired
  • vomiting

Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):

  • headache
  • increased appetite
  • nausea
  • skin problems, acne, thin and shiny skin

What may interact with this drug?

Do not take this medicine with any of the following medications:

  • mifepristone, RU-486
  • vaccines

This medicine may also interact with the following medications:

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