hydrocortisone foam - rectal, Cortifoam


BRAND NAME(S): Cortifoam

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USES: This medication is used with other treatments for certain intestinal problems (ulcerative proctitis). It is generally used in people who cannot use enemas. It does not cure ulcerative proctitis, but it may relieve pain and decrease the amount of diarrhea and bloody stools caused by swelling (inflammation). Hydrocortisone is an anti-inflammatory drug (corticosteroid hormone). It works by decreasing the body's natural defense response and decreasing inflammation.

HOW TO USE: Use this product in the rectum, usually once or twice daily for 2-3 weeks, then once daily every other day, or as directed by your doctor. The dosage and length of treatment are based on your medical condition and response to therapy. When you are taking this medication every other day, it may help to mark your calendar with a reminder.Do not insert any part of the medication container into the anus. Use the enclosed applicator to apply this drug. Leave the cap of the container on while using the product. Shake the container well for 5-10 seconds before use and hold upright. Fill the applicator with foam according to the instructions in the package. Gently insert the applicator into the rectum, and gently push the plunger to apply the foam. Remove the applicator.After inserting the foam, pull the applicator apart and wash all parts with warm water.It may take 5 to 7 days to notice improvement from this drug.Do not use more of this product, use it more often, or keep using it for a longer time than prescribed by your doctor. If you have been taking this medication for a long time, do not suddenly stop it without your doctor's approval. Some conditions may become worse when this drug is suddenly stopped. Your dose may need to be gradually decreased to reduce symptoms such as extreme tiredness, weakness, weight loss, or nausea.Inform your doctor if your condition persists or worsens after two weeks.

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