Last summer I had trouble with a bunch of rashes and the doctor told me to get 1% hydrocortisone cream. Everything I found over the counter had fragrance or other irritating ingredients or seemed too greasy, so I ended up getting a prescription cream that worked great and did not contain anything that bothered me. I recently was going to get a refill but decided to look up the cream that I had and see if the company made a non-prescription version of the cream and sure enough they did. The packaging is different and some of the inactive ingredients are in different order but essentially it is the same thing, and works just as well as the prescription cream. The active ingredients are identical in both products.
Fougera Hydrocortisone Cream is a light white cream that has no fragrance added. It comes in a 1 oz tube that is completely sealed. To open the seal you use the point on the opposite end of the twist on cap. The tube is metal also which I prefer to plastic tubes.
Active Ingredients: It contains 1% hydrocortisone. The tube is 1 oz or 28.35g. Each gram contains 10 mg of hydrocortisone.
Using the Cream
The cream works for most itching type conditions but make sure to check with your doctor to make sure that this is what you should use for your condition. Hydrocortisone is not something that you should be using every day for days on end. It can cause problems with your skin thinning if you use too much. The doctor told me to use it three times a day for no more than a week at a time. I still have issues that come up because I just have really sensitive skin so I will use it sparingly. One thing that I have learned though is that if I treat something with hydrocortisone cream as soon as it starts itching that I will end up needing it for a shorter period of time rather than letting something ramp up before I get it under control.
The cream is a light texture and does not leave my skin feeling greasy. I use just a little bit as that is all that is needed and I also do not want this getting where I don’t need it so I am careful not to over apply. The cream soaks in relatively fast.
Usual Dosage: Apply a thin layer of cream to affected area 3-4 times daily. Do not use for longer than 1-2 weeks at a time without the advice of a doctor.
Warnings: This is for external use only and the package recommends checking with your doctor before using in your genital or anal area. Do not use on children under 2 or for diaper rash. For children under 12 only use if a doctor tells you to use it. If there is no improvement after 7 days discontinue use and contact your doctor.
How well it works
I had tried some over the counter creams and they all had something in them making them irritate my irritation so I ended up looking for something without extra fragrance or other ingredients that might cause me problems. I found that the cream worked great. In fact it worked exactly like the prescription version of this cream by the same company. I could not tell the difference between the two products and ingredients listed were mostly the same only ordered differently.
Hydrocortisone in general does not give instant relief so when you apply it you have to give it some time to work. I have found that if I use it at the first sign of itching that it will stop the itch more quickly and I will be fine just resisting the urge to scratch until it stops itching.
Last summer by the time I used the hydrocortisone cream I had been having a lot of itching for a long period of time and my skin was pretty red and damaged at that point. What I did to get the itching under control was use Burows solution soaks or Domeboro soaks until the itching subsided and then apply the cream.
Cost and Value – Where to buy
I have been using this as needed for nearly a year and will continue to buy Fougera Hydrocortisone. I did not find this at my pharmacy, instead I had to go searching on the internet. I ended up purchasing this from Amazon.com at a price that was less than what I was paying with my copay for the prescription.