People who have itching and inflammation of the skin due to problems such as eczema, psoriasis, or dermatitis may find relief with Locoid. This prescription medicine is available in various forms and works by reducing inflammation and suppressing an overactive immune system. There are also several unapproved, or "off-label," uses for Locoid, such as treating vitiligo and penile or labial adhesions.
What Is Locoid Used For?
Locoid® (hydrocortisone butyrate) is a prescription skin medication. It comes in several different forms, which are approved for various uses. Locoid lotion is approved to treat atopic dermatitis only. Locoid solution (liquid) is approved to treat seborrhea. Locoid ointment, Locoid cream, and Locoid Lipocream are approved to treat inflammation and itching due to a wide variety of conditions, including but not limited to:
Specifically, Locoid ointment, cream, and Lipocream are approved to treat any skin condition that is responsive to corticosteroids, including Locoid.
How Does This Medicine Work?
Locoid is part of a group of medications known as glucocorticoids, which are a type of corticosteroid (or "steroid" for short). Although glucocorticoids have numerous effects in the body, they are used mostly for their anti-inflammatory or immune-suppressing properties. Locoid works by decreasing inflammation and suppressing an overactive immune system.
Is It Safe for Children to Use Locoid?
Locoid lotion and Lipocream are approved for use in children as young as three months old to treat atopic dermatitis only. Locoid ointment, lotion, and cream are not specifically approved for use in children.
Locoid is not approved to treat a diaper rash and should never be applied to the diaper area, as doing so can increase the risk for side effects. Children are at an increased risk for serious side effects of steroids.
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