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: cream, gel/jelly, lotion, pad
Along with its needed effects, hydrocortisone / lidocaine topical may cause some unwanted effects. Although not all of these side effects may occur, if they do occur they may need medical attention.
Check with your doctor immediately if any of the following side effects occur while taking hydrocortisone / lidocaine topical:Incidence not known
- Burning or stinging sensation of the skin
- paleness or redness of the skin
- swelling of the skin
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.
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