Can you use expired hydrocortisone cream?
Does hydrocortisone weaken immune system?
From an adrenal suppression viewpoint, it is safe to cut the steroid dose to an equivalent of 10mg/m2/d of hydrocortisone without need for a slow wean to this point; slower wean may however be necessary for treatment of the underlying condition.
Do you have to taper off hydrocortisone?
“Topical steroid withdrawal is a rarely reported side effect which can develop after steroid use is discontinued,” says Mahto. “It can present as either red, burning skin or as a spotty/bumpy rash.
Stinging, burning, irritation, dryness, or redness at the application site may occur. Acne, unusual hair growth, “hair bumps” (folliculitis), skin thinning/discoloration, or stretch marks may also occur. If any of these effects persist or worsen, tell your doctor or pharmacist promptly.
Do hydrocortisone pills expire?
If you’re only a few months past the date and the product looks normal, try it. If you are years beyond, it’s worth the few dollars to get a fresh tube. Use common sense–if your cream has a funky odor, tainted color or change in appearance, toss it. If it is dried out or has been exposed to heat or humidity, toss it.