Your doctor will prescribe your exact dose and tell you how often it should be given. This medicine is given as a shot under your skin, into a muscle, into a vein, or into a joint such as a knee or shoulder.
A nurse or other trained health professional will give you this medicine.
You may be taught how to give your medicine at home. Make sure you understand all instructions before giving yourself an injection. Do not use more medicine or use it more often than your doctor tells you to.
You will be shown the body areas where this shot can be given. Use a different body area each time you give yourself a shot. Keep track of where you give each shot to make sure you rotate body areas.
Use a new needle and syringe each time you inject your medicine.
If a dose is missed:
It is very important to use this medicine on a fixed schedule. If you miss a dose or forget to use your medicine, call your doctor or pharmacist for instructions.
If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, talk with your doctor before using this medicine.
This medicine may cause problems if you have certain medical conditions. Make sure your doctor knows about any allergies, medical problems, or mental conditions you now have or have had in the past.
Do not stop using this medicine suddenly without asking your doctor. You may need to use less and less before stopping it completely.
Let your doctor know if you have any events causing unusual stress or anxiety in your life. Your dose of this medicine may need to be changed.
It may be easier for you to get an infection while you are receiving hydrocortisone. Avoid people who are sick or have infections. If you are exposed to chickenpox or measles, tell your doctor right away.
Make sure any doctor or dentist who treats you knows that you are using hydrocortisone.