hydrocortisone rectal foam (Cortifoam, Anusol-HC, Anucort-HC)

  • Pharmacy Author:
    Eni Williams, PharmD, PhD

    Dr. Eni Williams graduated from Creighton University in 1988 with a B.S. degree in pharmacy and a Doctor of Pharmacy from Howard University in 1994. She also obtained a Ph.D. in Public Policy in 2009 at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.

  • 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 the dosage for hydrocortisone-rectal foam?

For proctitis the usual dosage is one suppository applied in the morning and night time. Severe cases may require application 3 times daily or 2 suppositories twice daily. One enema is applied at bedtime for 21 days or until symptoms resolve. The dosing for foam is one applicator once daily or every 12 hours for 2-3 weeks, then every other day if necessary.

Which drugs or supplements interact with hydrocortisone-rectal foam?

The risk of drug interactions is low when hydrocortisone is administered rectally.

What else should I know about hydrocortisone-rectal foam?

What preparations of hydrocortisone-rectal foam are available?

Enema: 100 mg/60 ml; Foam: 10% (15 g); Suppository: 25 and 30 mg

How should I keep hydrocortisone-rectal foam stored?

Hydrocortisone should be store at room temperature, 20 C to 25 C (68 F to 77 F), in a sealed container.

REFERENCE: FDA Prescribing Information.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 3/3/2016
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