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What If I Forget a Dose of Hydrocortisone Butyrate?

If you forget a dose, apply it as soon as possible, unless it is almost time for the next dose. In this case, simply skip the missed dose and continue with your regular schedule. Do not use a double dose.
 

How Does It Work?

Hydrocortisone butyrate is part of a group of medications known as glucocorticoids, which are a type of corticosteroid (or "steroid" for short). Although glucocorticoids have numerous effects in the body, they are used mostly for their anti-inflammatory or immune-suppressing properties. Hydrocortisone butyrate works by decreasing inflammation and suppressing an overactive immune system.
 

When and How to Use This Medicine

Some general considerations to keep in mind during treatment with hydrocortisone butyrate include the following:
 
  • This medication is usually applied to the affected area(s) of the skin two or three times a day.
 
  • Apply the medication sparingly and gently rub it in. More is not better; only a thin film is necessary.
 
  • Do not cover the medication with a dressing or bandage, unless your healthcare provider specifically tells you to do so. This can help with absorption of the medicine into the bloodstream, but it also increases the risk for side effects.
 
  • For the medication to work properly, it must be used as prescribed.
 

Storage Information

Hydrocortisone butyrate should be stored at room temperature. Keep this and all other medications out of the reach of children and pets.
 

Is There a Generic Version?

Hydrocortisone butyrate cream, ointment, and solution are available in generic form. However, the lotion and Lipocream versions of the drug are not available in generic form (see Generic Locoid for more information).
 

Hydrocortisone Butyrate Drug Information

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