GENERIC NAME: hydrocortisone rectal foam
BRAND NAMES: Cortifoam, Anusol-HC, Anucort-HC, Proctocort, Colocort, Cortenema, Hemmorex-HC
DISCONTINUED BRAND: Rectacort-HC
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: Hydrocortisone's most common side effects when applied to the rectum include:
- include burning,
- contact dermatitis,
- secondary infections, and
- lightening of skin color (hypopigmentation)
Other side effects include:
- local pain and
- rectal bleeding
PREPARATIONS: Enema: 100 mg/60 ml; Foam: 10% (15 g); Suppository: 25 and 30 mg
STORAGE: Hydrocortisone should be store at room temperature, 20 C to 25 C (68 F to 77 F), in a sealed container.
DRUG INTERACTIONS: The risk of drug interactions is low when hydrocortisone is administered rectally.
PREGNANCY AND BREASTFEEDING INFORMATION: Hydrocortisone has not been adequately evaluated during pregnancy. Hydrocortisone taken orally can appear in breast milk, and can have adverse effects on the baby. It is not known whether hydrocortisone administered rectally is absorbed in sufficient amounts to appear in breast milk.
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