Will hydrocortisone increase my risk of infection?

Taking oral hydrocortisone (Cortef) increases your risk of infection, especially if you take it for a long time. Hydrocortisone is a corticosteroid (also called a glucocorticoid), and this type of anti-inflammatory medicine suppresses the immune system -- your body's infection-fighter.

To reduce your risk of infection while taking oral hydrocortisone, wash your hands often and try to limit your exposure to people who are sick. If you have any signs of infection, such as fever, tell your doctor or healthcare provider.

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