hydrocortisone acetate


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hydrocortisone, hydrocortisone acetate, hydrocortisone cyclopentylpropionate

See cortisol.

hydrocortisone acetate

A form of corticosteroid that acts slowly over a long period.
See also: hydrocortisone

antiinflammatory drug 

A drug which inhibits or suppresses most inflammatory responses of an allergic, bacterial, traumatic or anaphylactic origin, as well as being immunosuppressant. They include the corticosteroids (e.g. betamethasone, dexamethasone, fluorometholone, hydrocortisone acetate, loteprednol etabonate, prednisolone, rimexolone, triamcinolone). They are sometimes combined with an antibiotic drug (e.g. betamethasone combined with neomycin or sulfacetamide, dexamethasone combined with neomycin or polymyxin B). Corticosteroids have side effects, such as enhancing the activity of herpes simplex virus, fungal overgrowth, raising intraocular pressure or cataract formation.There are other antiinflammatory drugs that are non-steroidal (NSAID) and have little toxicity. They act mainly by blocking prostaglandin synthesis. These include diclofenac sodium, flurbiprofen sodium, indomethacin, ketorolac, nepafenac and oxyphenbutazone. See immunosuppressants; steroid.
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ANAMANTLE HC(R) Cream Kit features ANAMANTLE HC(R) Cream, a light- textured, non-greasy formula that provides lidocaine HCl to help alleviate discomfort and itching resulting from inflamed, painful hemorrhoids, hydrocortisone acetate that delivers vasoconstrictive and anti-inflammatory action to reduce swelling, and a pH-balancing base that fosters a healing environment.