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Corticosteroid Adult

Hydrocortisone - Dosage and How to Use

How should Hydrocortisone be used?

  • Your doctor will decide on the dose and frequency and prescribe the safest and most effective dose for you. Follow the instructions on the label carefully and ask your pharmacist or doctor if you are unsure.
  • You need to take it as directed to get the maximum benefit. Do not take more than the prescribed dose or more often than directed as this may increase the risk of experiencing side effects.
  • Do not stop this medication unless instructed by the doctor as there may be a need to gradually reduce the dose taken before stopping completely.
  • Take this medication with or after food to prevent stomach upset.

What should I do if I miss a dose?

​​If you forget a dose, take it as soon as you remember and then continue to take it as you normally would. However, if it is almost time for the next dose, skip the missed dose and take the next dose at the usual time. Do not double or increase the dose to make up for the missed dose.

What should I do if I overdose?

Updated on Wednesday, March 31, 2021

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