Cortic DS Ointment 1% 30g (Prescription Only)


Drug Name: hydrocortisone acetate
Our Price $8.99
PBS $13.58
Concession $6.10
Safety Net $0.00

S8 Note - This prescription item is Schedule 8 and can only be supplied on a script from a registered doctor in Queensland. Any prescriptions from any other state cannot be filled and will be returned in the mail

Note: Private, PBS and our prices are available to the general public. Concession and Safety Net prices are only available to people with the appropriate concession or Safety Net cards. See Prescriptions for more details.


This prescription item requires a pre approved authority from the Government in order to get this item at the quoted price. Authority prescriptions need to be applied for by the doctor writing the script and can include reasons such as increased quantities due to dosage, increased repeats, use for a pre determined specified use, or the nature of the medication itself requiring specialist interaction. In the event that an authority is not granted on the script, the price will revert to the private price quoted for that item


This item contains more than one pack of a prescription product. Before this can be dispensed the doctor has to give approval. The prescription must be written for the total quantity or the prescription must be endorsed by your doctor "Regulation 24" otherwise we will be unable to dispense the increased amount. If you proceed with the order without approval, we will only send out one pack at the single pack price and refund the difference. Eg If your prescription is written out for 30 Tablets with 5 repeats and it does not have “Regulation 24 “ written on the script, the ONLY quantity we can dispense is 30 at one time. Further dispensing of this product could only occur after an appropriate length of time - usually 21 days but depends on dosage. In this example if you would like to obtain 180 Tablets then the doctor must endorse the prescription “Regulation 24” or the quantity must be written out for 180 and not 30. NB Conditions apply on the writing of a Regulation 24 prescription. Ask your doctor or pharmacist for details.

We can no longer accept signed authority forms from your doctor as permission to dispense more than one pack. Please contact our pharmacist for more information.

If you order this item as Private, NO PBS stickers will be issued. Once any prescription order has been sent the product cannot be returned for a refund even if your doctor changes your medication or you have an adverse reaction.

Cortic DS Ointment 1% 30g (Prescription Only)

Cortic DS Ointment 1% 30g (Prescription Only)

Product ID: 54479

Pharmacist Only Medicine

This product is a Pharmacist Only Medicine and requires pharmacist advice before we can dispatch this product. You must first place the order and then contact our pharmacists within 48 hours on 1300 367 283. The pharmacist will determine if this product is appropriate for you and if so, approve the order. In the event that you do not do this, the product will be deleted from your order and the balance of your order will be dispatched. This is not required if you have a doctor's prescription.


General Information

Consumer Medicine Information

What is in this leaflet

This leaflet answers some common questions about CORTIC-DS.

It does not contain all the available information.

It does not take place of talking to your doctor or pharmacist.

All medicines have risks and benefits.

Your doctor has weighed the risks of using CORTIC-DS against the benefits this medicine is expected to have for you.

If you have any concerns about this medicine, ask your doctor or pharmacist.

Keep this leaflet with your medicine. You may need to read it again.


The name of your medicine is CORTIC-DS.

It contains the active ingredient called hydrocortisone acetate.

It is available as a cream and an ointment.

CORTIC-DS is a type of cortisone and belongs to the group of medicines called corticosteroids.

What CORTIC-DS is used for


CORTIC-DS is a topical corticosteroid therapy for non-infective inflammatory conditions of the skin eg. eczema, dermatitis.

That is CORTIC-DS is used to relieve the redness, swelling, itching and other discomforts of the skin.

Your doctor however, may have prescribed CORTIC-DS for another purpose.

Ask your doctor (or pharmacist) if you have any questions about why CORTIC-DS has been prescribed for you.

A doctor's prescription is required for the 50 gram tube of CORTIC-DS cream or ointment.

The 30 gram tube of CORTIC-DS cream or ointment can be purchased without a doctor's prescription.

Before you use CORTIC-DS

When you must not use it

Do not use CORTIC-DS if you have ever had an allergic reaction to:
CORTIC-DS or hydrocortisone acetate.
Any of the ingredients in CORTIC-DS listed at the end of this leaflet.

Do not use CORTIC-DS if you have:
A viral skin infection (such as herpes simplex, cold sores, shingles or chicken pox)
A fungal skin infection (such as thrush, tinea or ringworm)
Tuberculous condition of the skin
Vaccinia (cowpox: a viral disease passed from cattle)
Varicella (a rare form of chicken pox)

Unless your doctor tells you to use it.

CORTIC-DS should not be used if you suffer from poor circulation of blood in the skin region, as it may result in skin ulcers.

Occlusive dressings should not be used if you have a skin infection.

Ask your doctor (or pharmacist) to be sure that you do not have any of these conditions.

Do not use CORTIC-DS after the expiry date printed on the pack. It may have no effect at all, or worse, it may give an entirely unexpected effect if you use after the expiry date.

Do not use CORTIC-DS if the packaging shows signs of tampering or the seal on the tube is broken, or if the product does not look quite right.

Before you start to use it

You must tell your doctor if:
You are allergic to any other medicines, foods, dyes or preservatives.
You have any other health problems
You are pregnant or breast-feeding.

Do not apply CORTIC-DS to the breast before breast- feeding.

Using other medicines

Tell your doctor (or pharmacist) if you are using other creams, ointments or lotions or taking any medicine. This includes any that you buy without a prescription from a pharmacy, supermarket or health food shop. Some medicines may interfere with CORTIC-DS if it is used excessively or for prolonged periods.

Your doctor or pharmacist has a list of medicines that may interfere with CORTIC-DS.

If you have not told your doctor about any of the above, tell them before you start using CORTIC-DS.

Use in Children

Do not use in children unless your doctor tells you to do so.

How to use CORTIC-DS

How to use it

Apply a thin smear to affected areas two to four times a day or as directed.

Occlusive dressings are not necessary unless advised by your doctor.

It is important to use CORTIC-DS exactly as your doctor (or pharmacist) has told you. If you use it less than you should, it may not work as well and your skin problem may not improve.

Using it more often than you should may not improve your skin problem any faster and may cause or increase side effects.

Use CORTIC-DS at the same time every day.

How long to use it

Your doctor or pharmacist will tell you how long to use CORTIC-DS.

Reduce the number of applications as the disorder subsides.

If you use CORTIC-DS for a long time, the chance of side effects increases.

If you forget to use it

If you forget to use CORTIC-DS, use it as soon as you remember and then go back to your normal times for applying CORTIC-DS.

Do not try to make up for the amount you missed by using more than you normally use.

If you swallow it

Telephone your doctor or the Poisons Information Centre (phone 13 11 26) for advice or go to the Accident and Emergency Centre at your nearest hospital immediately if anyone swallows CORTIC-DS. Keep the telephone numbers of these places handy.

While you are using CORTIC-DS

Things you must do

Tell all your doctors and pharmacists who are treating you that you are using CORTIC-DS.

Tell your doctor if you feel that CORTIC-DS is not helping your condition.

Tell your doctor if, for any reason, you have not used CORTIC-DS exactly as prescribed. Otherwise, your doctor may think that it was not effective and change your treatment unnecessarily.

Tell your doctor if you become pregnant while using CORTIC-DS.

Things you must not do

Do not use CORTIC-DS under dressings or on large areas of skin unless your doctor tells you.

Do not use CORTIC-DS in or near the eyes.

Do not give CORTIC-DS to anyone else even if their symptoms seem similar to yours.

Do not use CORTIC-DS to treat other conditions unless your doctor tells you. Your doctor has prescribed CORTIC-DS especially for you and your condition. If you use it for another condition, it may not work or make the condition worse.

Things to be careful of

Do not use large amounts of CORTIC-DS for a long time. If you use large amounts for long time, the chance of systemic absorption through the skin and the chance of side effects increase.

Ask your doctor (or pharmacist) if you are concerned about the length of time you have been using CORTIC-DS.

Only use CORTIC-DS under the arm or in the groin if your doctor tells you.

Side Effects

Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you do not feel well while you are using CORTIC-DS.

CORTIC-DS helps most people with skin problems but it may have some unwanted side effects in a few people.

Side effects reported by some people using CORTIC-DS include:
acne-form eruptions

In addition to the above side effects prolonged or over-use of this product may cause the following side effects in some people:
high blood pressure
elevated cholesterol and triglyceride levels in the blood

CORTIC-DS may cause other side effects. If you have any other side effects, check with your doctor.

Do not be alarmed by this list of possible side effects. You may not experience any of them.

After using CORTIC-DS


Keep CORTIC-DS where young children cannot reach it. A locked cupboard at least one-and-a-half metres above the ground is a good place to store medicines.

Keep CORTIC-DS in a cool dry place where the temperature stays below 25 °C.

Do not leave CORTIC-DS in the car or on windowsills. Heat can destroy some medicines.


If your doctor tells you to stop using CORTIC-DS or it has passed its expiry date, ask your pharmacist what to do with any CORTIC-DS left over.

Further Information

This is not all the information that is available on CORTIC-DS. If you need more information, ask your doctor or pharmacist.

Product Description

What it looks like

CORTIC-DS cream is a soft white cream with faint odour of chlorocresol.

CORTIC-DS ointment is a yellowish-white ointment with a faint odour of paraffin and lanolin.

Both CORTIC-DS cream and ointment are packed in 30 g and 50 g tubes.


Hydrocortisone acetate (microfined) 1% or 10 mg/g is the active ingredient in both CORTIC-DS cream and ointment.

List of Inactive Ingredients

Paraffin - soft white
Paraffin - liquid
Cetomacrogol 1000
Cetostearyl alcohol
Chlorocresol (preservative)

CORTIC-DS Ointment
Paraffin - soft white
Paraffin - hard
Paraffin - liquid
Wool fat

CORTIC-DS ointment is preservative free.

The Australian Product Registration numbers are:
CORTIC-DS cream AUST R 91051
CORTIC-DS ointment AUST R 91052.


Fawns & McAllan Pty Ltd
(a member of Sigma group of companies) ACN 004 296 066
1408 Centre Road
Clayton Victoria 3168
Phone: (03) 9839 2800

This leaflet was prepared in June 2002.

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