The topical corticosteroids constitute a class of primarily synthetic
steroids used as anti- inflammatory and anti- pruritic agents. Hydrocortisone
Cream 2.5% and Hydrocortisone Ointment 2.5% contain hydrocortisone. Hydrocortisone
is a white to practically white crystalline powder. Chemically, hydrocortisone
Molecular Formula: C21H30O5
Molecular Weight: 362.47
Each gram of the 2.5% Cream contains 25 mg of hydrocortisone
in a base of glyceryl monostearate, polyoxyl 40 stearate, glycerin, paraffin,
stearyl alcohol, isopropyl palmitate, sorbitan monostearate, benzyl alcohol,
potassium sorbate, lactic acid and purified water.
Each gram of the 2.5% Ointment contains 25 mg of hydrocortisone
in a base of white petrolatum and mineral oil .