hydrocortisone, rectal suppository, enema, foam, Cortifoam, Anusol-HC, Anucort-HC, Proctocort

  • Pharmacy Author:
    Omudhome Ogbru, PharmD

    Dr. Ogbru received his Doctorate in Pharmacy from the University of the Pacific School of Pharmacy in 1995. He completed a Pharmacy Practice Residency at the University of Arizona/University Medical Center in 1996. He was a Professor of Pharmacy Practice and a Regional Clerkship Coordinator for the University of the Pacific School of Pharmacy from 1996-99.

  • Medical and Pharmacy Editor: Jay W. Marks, MD
    Jay W. Marks, MD

    Jay W. Marks, MD

    Jay W. Marks, MD, is a board-certified internist and gastroenterologist. He graduated from Yale University School of Medicine and trained in internal medicine and gastroenterology at UCLA/Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.

What is hydrocortisone-rectal cream, ointment, and how does it work (mechanism of action)?

Hydrocortisone is a natural corticosteroid produced by the adrenal glands that are located adjacent to the kidneys. Corticosteroids have potent anti-inflammatory properties and are used in a wide variety of inflammatory conditions such as:

There are numerous preparations of corticosteroids including oral tablets, capsules, liquids, topical creams and gels, inhalers and eye drops, as well as injectable and intravenous solutions. Hydrocortisone that is used for rectal conditions is discussed in this article. The FDA approved hydrocortisone in December 1952.

What brand names are available for hydrocortisone-rectal cream, ointment?

Cortifoam, Anusol-HC, Anucort-HC, Proctocort, Colocort

Is hydrocortisone-rectal cream, ointment available as a generic drug?

GENERIC AVAILABLE: Yes

Do I need a prescription for hydrocortisone-rectal cream, ointment?

Yes

What are the uses for hydrocortisone-rectal cream, ointment?

Hydrocortisone is used rectally for the treatment of ulcerative proctitis, inflamed hemorrhoids, and anal itching, burning, and inflammation caused by several conditions that affect the anal area.

What are the side effects of hydrocortisone-rectal cream, ointment?

Common side effects of hydrocortisone when applied to the rectum include:

Other side effects include:

  • folliculitis,
  • secondary infections, and
  • lightening of skin color (hypopigmentation)

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 8/1/2016
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