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Cortisone - Oral - Patient Medicine Information

> Why do I need this medicine?
> How do I take this medicine?
> What should I do if I have forgotten to take this medicine?
> When should I not use this medicine?
> What should I take note of while taking this medicine?
> What side effects could I experience?
> Can I take this with other medicines?
> What special dietary instructions should I follow?
> How should I store this medicine?

 

Why do I need this medicine?

Cortisone is used for hormone replacement therapy in patients with adrenal disorders.

This medicine may also be used to help relieve inflammation and itch that may occur with certain skin problems and allergies.

Cortisone may be used to treat other conditions as decided by your doctor.

How do I take this medicine?

Take Cortisone exactly as directed by your doctor or according to the instructions on the label. Do not take more or less than instructed by your doctor.

Take this medicine together with food or immediately after a meal. Try to take it at the same time each day.

Cortisone must be taken regularly for it to be effective. Your doctor may also consider an alternate day dose schedule. Continue taking Cortisone even when you feel better. Do not stop taking it suddenly as this may worsen your condition. Your doctor may want to reduce the dose of Cortisone gradually before stopping it completely.

What should I do if I have forgotten to take this medicine?

Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and return to your normal dosing schedule.

DO NOT double a dose under any circumstances.

If you often forget to take your medicine, let your doctor and pharmacist know.

When should I not use this medicine?

Alert your doctor if you have an infection and if you received a vaccination, specifically the ‘live virus' vaccines as Cortisone may not be suitable for you.

What should I take note of while taking this medicine?

Inform your doctor if you have the following conditions:

- heart disease
- liver disease
- kidney disease
- thyroid problems
- diabetes
- epilepsy (seizures or fits)
- stomach problems
- tuberculosis (lung infection)
- myasthenia gravis (a muscle weakness disorder)
- osteoporosis (thinning of bones)

Let your doctor know if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.

Be sure to check with your doctor or pharmacist before giving this medicine to a child. If your child is taking Cortisone, he/she may need to have his/her height monitored regularly.

For as long as you are taking this medicine, you may need to have your eyes checked regularly. Your doctor will advise you about how often you need to have these tests.

Avoid people who have chickenpox or measles. Inform your doctor right away if you do come into contact with people who have the said diseases.

If you are going for an operation, including minor surgery and dental work, inform your doctor or dentist that you are taking this medicine.

What side effects could I experience?

Cortisone may cause any of the following side effects: headache, nausea, vomiting, stomach pain, indigestion, difficulty sleeping, nervousness, excessive hair growth, muscle and joint pain, high blood pressure, swelling of legs or arms, delayed wound healing and unusual mood swings.

Some side effects may need immediate medical help. Alert your doctor immediately if you experience any of the following:

- unusual changes in mood or behaviour (being too depressed, agitated or having compulsive and impulsive behaviour)
- confusion and hallucination (seeing, hearing or feeling things that are not existent)

Inform your doctor if any of these side effects do not go away or are severe, or if you experience other side effects.

Can I take this with other medicines?

Inform your doctor and pharmacist if you are taking any of these medicines:

- medicines for fungal infections e.g. amphotericin B, ketoconazole
- medicines for heart disease e.g. amiodarone, quinidine
- medicines for epilepsy (fits or seizures) e.g. phenytoin, carbamazepine
- medicines for pain and inflammation e.g. aspirin
- medicines to treat TB e.g. rifampicin, isoniazid
- medicines for diabetes e.g. glimepiride, glipizide
- water pills e.g. furosemide, hydrochlorothiazide
- warfarin (a blood-thinning medicines)
- mifepristone (medicine that blocks progesterone in pregnancy)

This list does not include all medicines that may interact with Cortisone.

Always notify your doctor and pharmacist if you are taking any other medicines, including herbal tonics such as traditional Chinese medicines, supplements and medicines that you buy without a prescription.

What special dietary instructions should I follow?

Avoid alcohol.

How should I store this medicine?

Store in a cool, dry place away from the reach of children.

Medicines must not be used past the expiry date.

This information is independently developed by MIMS based on Cortisone - Oral and is provided for your reference only. It is not a replacement for and should only be used in conjunction with full consultation with a licensed healthcare professional, the information provided by your pharmacist and/or the manufacturer of the medication. It may not contain all the available information you require and cannot substitute professional medical care, nor does it take into account all individual circumstances. Although great effort has been made to ensure content accuracy, we shall not be held responsible or liable for any claims or damages arising from the use or misuse of the information contained herein, its contents or omissions, or otherwise. Copyright © 2019 MIMS. All rights reserved. Powered by MIMS.com

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