Acyclovir and Hydrocortisone Side Effects

Dry skin, flaky skin, and redness are some of the most common side effects of acyclovir and hydrocortisone. However, most people are able to use this medication without any problems. If you develop any potentially serious side effects, such as severe, intolerable skin reactions, tell your healthcare provider right away.

An Introduction to Acyclovir and Hydrocortisone Side Effects

Just like any medicine, acyclovir and hydrocortisone (Xerese™) can cause side effects. However, not everyone who uses the medication will have problems. In fact, most people tolerate it quite well. If side effects do occur, in most cases, they are minor and either require no treatment or are treated easily by you or your healthcare provider.
(This article covers many, but not all, of the possible side effects with acyclovir and hydrocortisone. Your healthcare provider can discuss a more complete list with you.)

Side Effects of Acyclovir and Hydrocortisone to Report

Potentially serious side effects that should be reported to your healthcare provider immediately include:
  • Severe, intolerable skin reactions
  • Skin reactions such as redness and peeling that do not improve with time
  • Signs of an allergic reaction, such as:
    • Hives
    • Itching
    • Unexplained swelling of the mouth or throat
    • Wheezing or difficulty breathing or swallowing.

Common Side Effects

Acyclovir and hydrocortisone has been studied thoroughly in clinical trials. In these studies, the side effects that occurred in a group of people using the drug were carefully documented.
In these studies, the most common acyclovir and hydrocortisone side effects occurred in less than 1 percent of people. These adverse reactions included:
  • Dry or flaky skin
  • A burning or tingling sensation
  • Redness
  • Changes in skin color at the application site
  • Swelling or inflammation.

Acyclovir and Hydrocortisone Information

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