Hydrocortisone is the drug form of the hormone cortisol. Considered a stress hormone, cortisol is actually used by the body to help modulate health in a number of areas and both excessive cortisol and insufficient cortisol is associated with ill health.
Hydrocortisone has been used by some athletes to help improve recovery from strenuous exercise with Tour De France riders famously being caught doping in this manner.
Hydrocortisone was classed by the World Health Organisation as among the most effective as well as safest medicines in the world. It can be prescribed to patients suffering from a wide range of conditions and with side effects being considered relatively low.
As a medicine, Hydrocortisone is typically prescribed to patients suffering from adrenocortical insufficiency, rheumatoid arthritis, dermatitis, asthma, and thyroiditis to name just a few of the conditions for which it is prescribed.
Hydrocortisone dosing can vary significantly, with individual patients usually being prescribed according to a physician's assessment of their needs. Always refer to product literature.