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As a type of prescription steroid that is applied topically (on the skin), Locoid can help treat eczema, psoriasis, and various other skin conditions. It is applied on the affected areas two or three times a day and comes in the form of a cream, ointment, lotion, or liquid. Some of the possible side effects include itching, dryness, and burning of the skin.

What Is Locoid?

Locoid® (hydrocortisone butyrate) is a prescription skin medication. It is a topical steroid that comes as a cream, ointment, lotion, or solution (liquid). Depending on the product, Locoid is approved to treat a variety of different conditions, such as:
(Click Locoid Uses for more information on this topic, including possible off-label uses.)

Who Makes the Medicine?

Brand-name Locoid products are made by Ferndale Laboratories, Inc., for Triax Pharmaceuticals, LLC.

How Does Locoid 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.

When and How to Use It

Some general considerations to keep in mind during treatment with Locoid include the following:
  • This medication is usually applied to the affected area(s) of the skin two or three times a day.
  • Apply the medication sparingly and gently rub it in. More is not better; only a thin film is necessary.
  • Do not cover the medication with a dressing or bandage, unless your healthcare provider specifically tells you to do so. This can help with absorption of the medicine into the bloodstream, but it also increases the risk for side effects.
  • For the medication to work properly, it must be used as prescribed.
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