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.

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GENERIC NAME: hydrocortisone, rectal suppository, enema, foam

BRAND NAMES: Cortifoam, Anusol-HC, Anucort-HC, Proctocort, Colocort

DISCONTINUED BRANDS: GRx HiCORT25, HEMRIL-30

PRESCRIPTION: Yes

GENERIC AVAILABLE: Yes

USES: 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.

SIDE EFFECTS: 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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