hydrocortisone enema

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    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 brand names are available for hydrocortisone enema-rectal?


Is hydrocortisone enema-rectal available as a generic drug?


Do I need a prescription for hydrocortisone enema-rectal?


What are the uses for hydrocortisone enema-rectal?

  • Hydrocortisone enema 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 enema-rectal?

Side effects of hydrocortisone enema include:

Other side effects include:

Possible serious side effects include:

What is the dosage for hydrocortisone enema-rectal?

For proctitis the usual dosage is one enema applied at bedtime for 21 days or until symptoms resolve.

Which drugs or supplements interact with hydrocortisone enema-rectal?

The risk of drug interactions from hydrocortisone enema is low because it is administered rectally.

Is hydrocortisone enema-rectal safe to take if I'm pregnant or breastfeeding?

  • Hydrocortisone enema has not been adequately evaluated during pregnancy. Hydrocortisone enema 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.

What else should I know about hydrocortisone enema-rectal?

What preparations of hydrocortisone enema-rectal are available?

Enema: 100 mg/60 ml

How should I keep hydrocortisone enema-rectal stored?

Hydrocortisone enema should be stored at room temperature, 20 C to 25 C (68 F to 77 F).


Cortenema (hydrocortisone enema) is a prescription medication used to treat ulcerative proctitis, inflamed hemorrhoids, and anal burning, itching, and inflammation caused by other conditions that affect the anal area. Side effects of Cortenema include

Drug interactions, dosage, and pregnancy and breastfeeding safety information should be reviewed prior to using any medication.

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