Information for Consumers

Revised: 11 June 2015

Consumer Medicine Information

DP Lotion-HC 1%

hydrocortisone 1% w/w

What is in this leaflet

This leaflet answers some common questions about DP Lotion-HC 1%.

It does not contain all the available information.

It does not use the place of talking to your doctor or pharmacist

Keep this leaflet with the medicine, you may need to read it again.

DP Lotion-HC 1% is a prescription only medicine.

What is it used for

Hydrocortisone belongs to a group of medicines called corticosteroids .

DP Lotion-HC 1% is used as an aid to relieve the symptoms of inflammation such as redness, swelling and itching due to skin disorders.

Your doctor may have prescribed

DP Lotion-HC 1% for another reason.

If you have any concerns about using this medicine or would like to know why

DP Lotion-HC 1% has been prescribed for you, ask your doctor.

Before you use it

When you must not use DP Lotion-HC 1%.
Before you start to use it

Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have any allergies to:

Tell your doctor if you are pregnant/intend to become pregnant or are breast-feeding
Hydrocortisone is generally not recommended for use during pregnancy, as there is inadequate information on the effects of hydrocortisone on the developing child. Your doctor will weigh the risks and benefits of using this medicine while you are pregnant.

Although absorption of hydrocortisone into the blood is very low after topical administration, it is possible for absorption to occur. Hydrocortisone may pass into breast milk and affect the baby. Breastfeeding is then not recommended while using hydrocortisone.

Tell your doctor if you suffer from psychosis (abnormal thoughts).

If you have not told your doctor or pharmacist about any of the above, tell them before you start using hydrocortisone.

Other things to consider before using it

Prolonged use of DP Lotion-HC 1% may affect the elderly, children and infants. Always:

Certain types of dressings may increase the amount of DP Lotion-HC 1% absorbed through the skin. Use dressings as directed by your doctor.

Be careful driving or operating machinery until you know how it affects you.

Hydrocortisone is not addictive.

How to use it

Follow all directions given to you by your doctor and pharmacist carefully. If you do not understand the instructions ask your pharmacist or doctor.

Do not give this medicine to anyone else even if they have the same or a similar condition to you

How much to use

Aply a thin,even layer two to four times a day or as directed by your doctor.

How long to use it

How long depends on your condition and response to the treatment.

If you forget to use it

Do not apply extra DP Lotion-HC 1% if you forget to use it. It may increase your chances of getting unwanted side effects. If it is almost time for your next application, skip the one you missed and use again when you were meant to. Otherwise, use it as soon as you remember and then go back to using it as you would normally.

While you are using it

Tell your doctor if you get an infection or injury

Tell any other doctors, dentists and pharmacists who are treating you that you are using hydrocortisone topical lotion.

If you become pregnant, tell your doctor or pharmacist.

Side effects

Side effects are unlikely to occur while using DP Lotion-HC 1% unless the medicine is significantly abused. If side effects do occur they are likely to be skin related such as:

If these effects occur, stop using the medicine and tell your doctor.

In case of overdose

If DP Lotion-HC 1% is inadvertently swallowed, immediately telephone your doctor or pharmacist or the Poisons Information Centre (telephone 0800 POISON or  0800 764 766) or go to the Accident and Emergency department at your nearest hospital, if you think that you or anyone else may have swallowed too much DP Lotion-HC 1%. Do this even if there are no signs of discomfit or poisoning.

Storage conditions

Keep DP Lotion-HC 1% in a cool dry place away from light.

Do not store DP Lotion-HC 1% in the bathroom or near a sink.

Do not leave it in the car or on a windowsill.
Heat and dampness can destroy medicines.

As with all medicines, you should store DP Lotion-HC 1% out of the reach of children. A locked cupboard at least one-and-a-half metres above the ground is a good place to store medicines.


If your doctor tells you to stop using this medicine or it has passed its expiry date, ask your pharmacist to dispose of the remaining lotion.

Product description

What it looks like

DP Lotion-HC 1%: Hydrocortisone 1% w/w, lanolin 0.6% w/v and mineral oil 15.9% w/v in a uniform white, glossy, moderately viscous lotion.

DP Lotion HC-1% comes in 100 mL and 250 mL plastic bottles.

Other Ingredients

Cetyl alcohol 95%, Paraffin oil light, Polysorbate 60, Sorbitan monostearate, Liquid lanolin, Propyl paraben, Glycerine, Methyl paraben, Triethanolamine 99% and Water.


Douglas Pharmaceuticals Ltd
PO Box 45-027
Auckland 1230

Date of preparation: 13th January 2004