Hydrocortisone Cream 1% contains the same active ingredient as HC45 cream which retails for £3.49 in chemists and supermarkets. Hydrocortisone cream acts by altering the body's responses to inflammatory reactions. It is an effective treatment that reduces inflammation and relieves itching and irritation for up to 12 hours. Hydrocortisone cream also promotes healing, due to Insect bites, mild to moderate eczema, detergent hands, nickel allergy, plant allergy, strong detergent chemicals and dermatitis.
How does it work?
This medicine contains the active ingredient hydrocortisone acetate, which is a type of medicine called a corticosteroid.
Corticosteroids are medicines used for reducing inflammation. Inflammation of the skin happens due to irritation, resulting in the irritated area becoming red, swollen, itchy and painful.
When hydrocortisone is applied to the skin it reduces the swelling, redness and the itch.
What is it used for?
Hydrocortisone is a mild corticosteroid that is applied to the skin to treat a wide variety of inflammatory skin disorders, such as eczema or insect bite reactions.
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How can you sell this item for so much less than my local chemist?
We keep our overheads to a minimum, ensure the margins added are fair and work on larger sale volumes than a local chemist. All these measures provide major cost saving benefits to the consumer. Our prices on this medication are based on the non branded version of HC45 Cream. HC45 Cream's active ingredient is 1% Hydrocortisone which actually provides the desired effects.
Does your medication give me the same effect as the branded version?
Absolutely. When a pharmaceutical company develops a drug it is given unique rights to sell it for a number of years. Once that ends any company can make it providing they meet the regulations. Therefore, over the counter drugs have identical medical properties regardless of brand, packaging and advertising.
The key is the ‘active' ingredient - the chemical that actually treats the symptom. Protections and quality control apply equally to all branded and non branded products. The non branded product must meet the same quality standards as the branded version. Packaging may vary, but the items are identical and the results will be the same.
Dr. Chris Steele GP, the resident Doctor on ITV1's This Morning agrees:
“The key is the active ingredient. Look on the brand you know, note the active ingredient and then check it's the same one at the same dose as the generic brand."