RectaGel HC Side Effects
Generic name: hydrocortisone / lidocaine topical
Note: This document contains side effect information about hydrocortisone / lidocaine topical. Some of the dosage forms listed on this page may not apply to the brand name RectaGel HC.
Some side effects of RectaGel HC may not be reported. Always consult your doctor or healthcare specialist for medical advice. You may also report side effects to the FDA.
For the Consumer
Applies to hydrocortisone / lidocaine topical: topical cream, topical lotion, topical pad
Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction while taking hydrocortisone / lidocaine topical: hives; difficult breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.
Stop using this medication and call your doctor at once if you have severe irritation or swelling of any treated skin, or if you show signs of absorbing hydrocortisone topical through your skin, such as:
blurred vision, eye pain, or seeing halos around lights;
sleep problems (insomnia);
weight gain, puffiness in your face; or
muscle weakness, feeling tired.
Common side effects may include:
mild redness or swelling of treated skin;
thinning of treated skin; or
numbness on areas where the medicine is accidentally applied.
This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects.
For Healthcare Professionals
Applies to hydrocortisone / lidocaine topical: rectal cream, rectal cream with applicator, rectal gel with applicator, rectal kit, rectal pad, topical cream, topical kit, topical lotion, topical pad
Local side effects have included erythema, edema, transient stinging, burning, transient blanching, and locus of abnormal sensation.
Local side effects associated with topical hydrocortisone have included burning, itching, or irritation, especially if applied to denuded skin or with occlusive dressings. Long-term use of topical corticosteroids may result in skin atrophy and thinning, and the development of striae, telangiectasia, subcutaneous hemorrhage, and easy bruising and bleeding. Allergic contact dermatitis is occasionally reported.
Endocrine side effects of topical corticosteroids are rare. Glucose intolerance and hyperglycemia may be induced by corticosteroids. These drugs can rarely suppress the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis. This suppression is more likely when higher potency topical steroids are used over extensive areas and when occlusive dressings are used.
More RectaGel HC resources
- RectaGel HC cream MedFacts Consumer Leaflet (Wolters Kluwer)
- RectaGel HC topical/rectal Concise Consumer Information (Cerner Multum)
- AnaMantle HC Advanced Consumer (Micromedex) - Includes Dosage Information
- AnaMantle HC cream MedFacts Consumer Leaflet (Wolters Kluwer)
- LidaMantle HC cream MedFacts Consumer Leaflet (Wolters Kluwer)
- Peranex HC pad MedFacts Consumer Leaflet (Wolters Kluwer)
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