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Where to buy hydrocortisone cream? NEED

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Where to buy hydrocortisone cream? NEED

Where can I buy some hydrocortisone cream? I see 1% hydrocortisone available on a few Canada-based online stores, but I need some right now and can't wait for shipping.

Cream or gel is fine
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I did a quick search and it looks like there is a Kirkland branded 1% hydrocortisone cream, so call your local Costco to see if they have it in stock. I have also seen it sold in grocery stores but not sure about the strength...anything stronger and you need a prescription for it.
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The overthecounter ones are only 0.05% strong. You can get a prescription at a walk-in clinic for a stronger cream.
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You can't buy 1% here without prescription. If you are by a border town just grab it from the USA the next time your over there as you can buy 1% there for like $2 at Target, Walmart and pretty much anywhere. Otherwise you need a prescription or have to buy the lower dosage from superstore or any pharmacy.
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For non-prescription strength, you can get it at any pharmacy, even in the grocery store pharmacy section.
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xiaobao wrote:
Oct 29th, 2014 5:56 pm
You can't buy 1% here without prescription. If you are by a border town just grab it from the USA the next time your over there as you can buy 1% there for like $2 at Target, Walmart and pretty much anywhere. Otherwise you need a prescription or have to buy the lower dosage from superstore or any pharmacy.
I thought that was the case, but I did a search and Amazon.ca is selling Kirkland 1% strength with free shipping. I've seen the 0.5% generic version at RCSS and I'm sure most pharmacies have it otc as well.

http://www.amazon.ca/Kirkland-Signature ... rocorisone
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Go to a walk in and ask for a prescription or see if a pharmacist can prescribe you some .
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patriots wrote:
Oct 29th, 2014 5:35 pm
Where can I buy some hydrocortisone cream? I see 1% hydrocortisone available on a few Canada-based online stores, but I need some right now and can't wait for shipping.

Cream or gel is fine
Why? Are you suffering from eczema? Dry skin?? Flakey, itchy skin?? Umm... why cant you get a script from ur GP or dermo?? Seems like it would be faster than waiting for shipping AND you would get it covered under your drug plan. Just sayin... plus, the doc can note repeats on the script. Cream is better. Dries quickly.
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xiaobao wrote:
Oct 29th, 2014 5:56 pm
You can't buy 1% here without prescription. If you are by a border town just grab it from the USA the next time your over there as you can buy 1% there for like $2 at Target, Walmart and pretty much anywhere. Otherwise you need a prescription or have to buy the lower dosage from superstore or any pharmacy.
True. I have hydro 1% and YES, you need a script. Any GP can prescribe it. Dont have to go to a dermo or specialist.
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Go to shoppers and ask the pharmacist. Sometimes they keep stuff behind the counter that they can sell without a prescription.

I know when I was on accutane and needed a heavy heavy duty moistuizer, my derm recommend one, but didn't give me a script. I had to go to Shoppers and it was just right behind them on a shelf full of other stuff. Weird.
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Maybe OP is a non-resident, in which case seeing a doctor and getting a prescription is much more costly than just buying over the counter.

My spouse recently got some cream for his eczema. He was prescribed Betaderm 0.1% this time which seems more effective than hydrocortizone. When he was picking up his prescription he did note that he saw some hydrocortizone over the counter at Nesters Market--probably only 0.5% like other replies said.
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follyfolly wrote:
Oct 30th, 2014 1:58 pm
Maybe OP is a non-resident, in which case seeing a doctor and getting a prescription is much more costly than just buying over the counter.

My spouse recently got some cream for his eczema. He was prescribed Betaderm 0.1% this time which seems more effective than hydrocortizone. When he was picking up his prescription he did note that he saw some hydrocortizone over the counter at Nesters Market--probably only 0.5% like other replies said.
Well of course... betaderm is stronger than hydro. My dermo said the type of atopic ointment prescribed is based on where the eczema is on the body. It's based on thickness of the skin. He also said moisturize daily with Cetaphil body moisturizing cream (otc). The reason eczema occurs is mainly due to drying skin from lack of moisture under certain environmental conditions or aging. Eczema season is normally nov - may like clockwork. This time of the year (end of oct) is when dermo's get tons of eczema cases.

- face, head - thinnest skin, use hydro
- legs, calves thicker skin - use betaderm
- feet, hands thickest skin - use clara-tobatesol (strongest atopic ointment)

Some docs, pharmacists prefer hydroval over hydrocortisone. Hydroval works better on the upper body for itchy dry skin, hives versus hydrocortisone imo (neck, upper torso to groin area).
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