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What Is Hydrocortisone Butyrate Used For?

Applying hydrocortisone butyrate to affected areas of the skin can help reduce inflammation and itching due to eczema, psoriasis, and other skin conditions. However, the lotion version of this drug is approved only to treat atopic dermatitis, and the liquid form is only used for treating seborrhea. Hydrocortisone butyrate may also be prescribed for off-label uses, such as treating vitiligo and penile or labial adhesions.

An Overview of Uses for Hydrocortisone Butyrate

Hydrocortisone butyrate (Locoid®) is a prescription skin medication. It comes in several different forms, which are approved for various uses.
 
Hydrocortisone butyrate lotion is approved to treat atopic dermatitis only. Hydrocortisone butyrate solution (liquid) is approved to treat seborrhea. Hydrocortisone butyrate ointment, hydrocortisone butyrate cream, and hydrocortisone butyrate Lipocream are approved to treat inflammation and itching due to a wide variety of conditions, including but not limited to:
 
 
Specifically, hydrocortisone butyrate ointment, cream, and Lipocream are approved to treat any skin condition that is responsive to corticosteroids, such as hydrocortisone butyrate.
 

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.
 

Hydrocortisone Butyrate Drug Information

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