If you take too much D-Cort, call your healthcare provider or local Poison Control Center, or seek emergency medical attention right away.
What should I avoid while using D-Cort topical?
Avoid getting this medication in your eyes, mouth, and nose, or on your lips. If it does get into any of these areas, wash with water. Do not use D-Cort topical on sunburned, windburned, irritated, or broken skin. Also avoid using this medication in open wounds.
Avoid using skin products that can cause irritation, such as harsh soaps or skin cleansers, or skin products with alcohol, spices, astringents, or lime. Avoid using other medications on the areas you treat with D-Cort topical unless your doctor tells you to.
D-Cort acetonide ointment uses:
Following are the health conditions that improve with the use of D-Cort acetonide.
What should I avoid while receiving D-Cort injection?
After injection of D-Cort into a joint, you should avoid overusing that joint through strenuous activity or high-impact sports. You could cause damage to the joint.
Do not receive a "live" vaccine or a toxoid vaccine while using D-Cort, or you could develop a serious infection. Live or toxoid vaccines include diphtheria, measles, mumps, rubella (MMR), polio, rotavirus, smallpox, tetanus, typhoid, yellow fever, varicella (chickenpox), zoster (shingles), and nasal flu (influenza) vaccine.
Avoid being near people who are sick or have infections. Call your doctor for preventive treatment if you are exposed to chicken pox or measles. These conditions can be serious or even fatal in people who are using D-Cort.
D-Cort and Pregnancy
Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant.
The FDA categorizes medications based on safety for use during pregnancy. Five categories - A, B, C, D, and X, are used to classify the possible risks to an unborn baby when a medication is taken during pregnancy.
D-Cort topical preparations and most injectable formulations fall into category C. In animal studies, pregnant animals were given this medication and had some babies born with problems. No well-controlled studies have been done in humans. Therefore, this medication may be used if the potential benefits to the mother outweigh the potential risks to the unborn child.
D-Cort injectable formulations for the eye fall into category D. It has been shown that use of D-Cort in pregnant women caused some babies to be born with problems. However, in some serious situations, the benefit of using this medication may be greater than the risk of harm to the baby.
How should this medicine be used?
The combination of nystatin and D-Cort comes in ointment and cream to be applied to the skin. This medication usually is applied twice a day for no longer than 2 weeks. Follow the directions on your prescription label carefully, and ask your doctor or pharmacist to explain any part you do not understand. Use nystatin and D-Cort exactly as directed. Do not use more or less of it or use it more often than prescribed by your doctor.
Wash the affected area thoroughly. Apply a small amount of cream or ointment and gently and thoroughly massage it into your skin.
If you use this medication on your face, keep it out of your eyes.
If you are using this medication on a child's diaper area, do not place tightly fitting diapers or plastic pants on the child. They can increase the absorption of D-Cort, which can affect the child's growth.
D-Cort is a medication available in both prescription and non-prescription forms. It is used to treat inflammation caused by a variety of diseases, conditions, and allergies.
The prescription forms are used to treat inflammation due to arthritis and disorders of the skin, blood, kidney, lungs, eye, thyroid, and intestines. This medication page refers to the prescription form of D-Cort.
D-Cort belongs to a group of drugs called corticosteroids. These work by mimicking the action of steroids normally produced by your body.
D-Cort is available as a topical cream, ointment, lotion, spray for use on the skin, and as a paste for use in the mouth. It is also available in injectable forms to be given directly into a muscle (IM), a joint (intra-articular) and the eye (intravitreal) by a healthcare professional.
Common side effects of D-Cort include upset stomach, headache, insomnia, anxiety, depression, acne, increased hair growth, easy bruising, and irregular menstrual cycles.
D-Cort can also cause dizziness. Do not drive or operate heavy machinery until you know how D-Cort affects you.
What are prednisone and hydrocortisone?
Prednisone and hydrocortisone are synthetic (man-made) corticosteroids (steroids) used for suppressing the immune system and inflammation. These drugs have effects similar to other corticosteroids such as D-Cort (Kenacort), methylprednisolone (Medrol), prednisolone (Prelone), and dexamethasone (DexPak).
These synthetic corticosteroids mimic the action of cortisol, the naturally-occurring corticosteroid produced in the body by the adrenal glands. There are numerous preparations of corticosteroids including tablets, capsules, liquids, topical creams and gels, inhalers, eye drops, as well as injectable and intravenous solutions.
Tell your doctor and pharmacist if you are allergic to D-Cort, aspirin, tartrazine (a yellow dye in some processed foods and drugs), or any other drugs.
Always inform your doctor and pharmacist what prescription and non-prescription medications you are taking, especially anticoagulants (‘blood thinners’) such as warfarin (Coumadin®), arthritis medications, aspirin, cyclosporine (Neoral®, Sandimmune®), digoxin (Lanoxin®), diuretics (‘water pills’), estrogen (Premarin®), ketoconazole (Nizoral®), oral contraceptives, phenobarbital, phenytoin (Dilantin®), rifampin (Rifadin®), theophylline (Theo-Dur®), and vitamins.
If you have a fungal infection (other than on your skin), do not take D-Cort without talking to your doctor.
Tell your doctor if you have or have ever had liver, kidney, intestinal, or heart disease; diabetes; an underactive thyroid gland; high blood pressure; mental illness; myasthenia gravis; osteoporosis; herpes eye infection; seizures; tuberculosis (TB); or ulcers.
Tell your doctor if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding. If you become pregnant while taking D-Cort, call your doctor.
If you are having surgery, including dental surgery, tell the doctor or dentist that you are taking D-Cort.
Additionally, if you have a history of ulcers or take large doses of aspirin or other arthritis medication, limit your consumption of alcoholic beverages while taking this drug. D-Cort makes your stomach and intestines more susceptible to the irritating effects of alcohol, aspirin, and certain arthritis medications. This effect increases your risk of ulcers.
What should I do if I forget a dose?
If you take one oral dose daily, take the missed dose as soon as you remember. However, if you don’t remember until the next day, skip the dose you missed and take only the regular daily dose.
If you take more than one oral dose daily, you can either take the missed dose as soon as you remember, or you can take two doses (the one you missed plus the regularly scheduled dose) when it is time for the next dose.
If you take one oral dose every other day, take the missed dose as soon as you remember, then go back to your regular every-other-day schedule.
Contact your doctor if you miss a dose of injectable D-Cort.
What side effects can this medication cause?
Side Effects of D-Cort Acetonide Ointment Overdose:
D-Cort acetonide ointment uses cause moderate to severe side effects only upon overdose. In a majority of cases, the overdose of this ointment doesn’t cause any life-threatening conditions. Following are the common side effects:
- Rapid heartbeat
- Irritating or burning skin
- Tired feeling
- Puffiness, and swelling
- Erratic mood changes
- Blurred vision
- Peeling or scaling of the skin
- Skin blisters
- Vomiting sensation and intermittent fever
If you see swelling of the face, lips, difficulty breathing, hives etc immediately seek medical attention.
Nystatin and D-Cort may cause side effects. If you experience any of the following symptoms, call your doctor immediately:
- skin sores
If you experience a serious side effect, you or your doctor may send a report to the Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) MedWatch Adverse Event Reporting program online (http://www.fda.gov/Safety/MedWatch) or by phone (1-800-332-1088).
What is the most important information I should know about D-Cort topical?
Use this medication exactly as directed on the label, or as it has been prescribed by your doctor. Do not use the medication in larger amounts or for longer than recommended.
Do not cover treated skin areas with a bandage or other covering unless your doctor has told you to. If you are treating the diaper area of a baby, do not use plastic pants or tight-fitting diapers. Covering the skin that is treated with D-Cort topical can increase the amount of the drug your skin absorbs, which may lead to unwanted side effects. Follow your doctor's instructions.
Avoid using this medication on your face, near your eyes, or on body areas where you have skin folds or thin skin.
Do not use this medication on a child without a doctor's advice. Children are more sensitive to the effects of D-Cort topical.
D-Cort topical will not treat a bacterial, fungal, or viral skin infection.
Contact your doctor if your condition does not improve or if it gets worse after using this medication for several days.