Aristocort - glucocorticoid drug (the adrenal hormone influencing carbohydrate and protein metabolism). Renders prominent antiinflammatory, antiallergic and immunodepressive (suppressing immunity - body defences of an organism) effect. It is prescribed at rheumatism, allergic reactions, multiform erythema (variously proceeding skin disease which occurs with rubefaction of affected area of skin), pseudorheumatism (the infectious and allergic disease from a group of collagenoses which is characterized by chronic progressing inflammation of joints); systemic lupus erythematosus and other collagenoses.
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Aristocort product description
Aristocort is a corticosteroid with mainly glucocorticoid activity. The drug provides an anti-allergic, immunosuppressive, and anti-inflammatory effect. Aristocort inhibits connective tissue reaction during inflammation and reduces scar tissue regeneration. In addition, the drug relieves swelling, itching, and redness.
Immunosuppressant Aristocort can be administered to patients by intramuscular, intradermal, and intra-articular ways. Glucocorticoid Aristocort is effective in treatment of:
- allergic states
- endocrine disorders
- rheumatic disorders
- hematologic disorders
- dermatologic diseases
- gastrointestinal diseases
Duration of Aristocort application depends on the pathology nature and the treatment efficiency. Depending on the specific disease, an initial dosage for adults may vary from 3 mg to 48 mg per day. An initial dose for children may vary from 0.11 to 1.6 mg per kg of the body weight, divided in three doses.
The patient should be aware that the prescribed dosage regimen should be strictly complied during treatment with glucocorticoid Aristocort, and if the dose of Aristocort is accidentally missed, the drug should be taken as soon as possible.
If it is nearly time for the next dose of the immunosuppressant, the missed dose of Aristocort is recommended to skip, and to continue with regular dosing schedule. Do not take 2 doses of Aristocort at once, as it causes overdose and side effects.
Patients are not recommended to abruptly stop taking corticosteroid Aristocort, since it may lead to adrenal insufficiency. Extra caution should be taken by patients with renal insufficiency, hypertension, or osteoporosis while on the drug. During treatment with corticosteroids, the patients are not advised to be vaccinated. Corticosteroids may reduce the resistance to infections and mask the symptoms.
Aristocort drug should be protected from moisture, sunlight, and freezing and be stored at temperature of 20°C to 25°C, out of the children’s reach.
Aristocort safety information
Aristocort should not be indicated to patients with fungal skin infections, cutaneous tuberculosis, viral skin infections (such as shingles, varicella, and cold sores). Corticosteroid Aristocort is not recommended for pregnant women and breastfeeding mothers.
The glucocorticoid drug should be avoided in dysmature infants because it contains benzyl alcohol. It is recommended to be prescribed with extra caution to patients suffering from diverticulitis, nonspecific ulcerative colitis, and peptic ulcer since Aristocort increases the risk of gastrointestinal perforation.
Particular caution is recommended while taking Aristocort for the patients with an increased risk of osteoporosis (for example, in post-menopausal women). Under corticosteroid influence, bone density may decrease, leading to weakened and fragile bones making them more prone to fractures.
Information about Aristocort is intended to increase awareness of this anti-inflammatory drug, and in any way should not be used as the recommendations provided by the attending physician. The online pharmacy disclaims all damages of any kind (without limitation) arisen from the use of any and all published information about Aristocort.
Aristocort side effects
Aristocort may cause variety of unwanted effects whilst be used, most frequent of them are as follows: headache and exacerbation of infectious diseases. Other common unwanted effects involve the skin, such as dry skin, redness, rash, itching, irritation, skin cracking, and epidermal atrophy.Aristocort corticosteroid is rarely reported to cause arthralgia, arrhythmia, emotional instability, and weight gain. In case of such unwanted effects, as telangiectasia, anaphylaxis, or angioedema, the treatment with Aristocort should be immediately stopped.