About hydrocortisone buccal tablets
|Type of medicine||Corticosteroid|
|Used for||Mouth ulcers|
|Previously called||Corlan® pellets|
|Available as||Muco-adhesive buccal tablets (previously known as lozenges)|
Hydrocortisone buccal tablets dissolve directly on the mouth ulcer and work by reducing the soreness, swelling and inflammation of the ulcer.
Before using hydrocortisone buccal tablets
Before using hydrocortisone buccal tablets make sure your doctor, pharmacist or dentist knows:
- If you are pregnant, trying for a baby or breast-feeding.
- If you have any fungal, bacterial or viral infections in your mouth.
- If you have ever had an allergic reaction to this or to any other medicine.
- If you are taking any other medicines, including those available to buy without a prescription, herbal and complementary medicines.
How to use hydrocortisone buccal tablets
- Before you begin this treatment, read the manufacturer's printed information leaflet.
- Always follow your doctor's or dentist's instructions.
- Put one buccal tablet in your mouth, near or on the ulcer, and let it dissolve slowly. Do not suck the tablet.
- Unless you have been told otherwise, use hydrocortisone buccal tablets four times a day until the ulcer has healed.
- If your symptoms do not improve within five days (or if they get worse), ask your pharmacist, doctor or dentist for further advice.
Getting the most from your treatment
- Do not use these buccal tablets if there is an infection in your mouth. Signs of an infection are sores which do not heal, 'furry tongue', inflammation, and bleeding gums.
- Do not take more than your prescribed dose.
- If you forget to take a dose, don't worry, just take the next dose when it is due. Do not take two doses together to make up for a missed dose.
- This medicine is for you. Never give it to others even if their condition appears to be the same as yours.
Can hydrocortisone buccal tablets cause problems?
Along with their useful effects, all medicines can cause unwanted side-effects although not everyone experiences them.
Hydrocortisone buccal tablets can occasionally cause oral thrush, which causes a sore mouth, often with white patches on the tongue and insides of the cheeks. If this becomes troublesome, ask your doctor, dentist or pharmacist for further advice.
If you experience any other symptoms which you think may be due to hydrocortisone buccal tablets, discuss them with your doctor or pharmacist.
How to store hydrocortisone buccal tablets
- Keep all medicines out of the reach and sight of children.
- Store in a cool, dry place, away from direct heat and light.
Important information about all medicines
Further reading & references
- British National Formulary; 59th Edition (March 2010) British Medical Association and Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain, London.
|Original Author: Helen Allen||Current Version: Helen Allen|
|Last Checked: 14/12/2010||Document ID: 3361 Version: 24||© EMIS|
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