Generic Name: hydrocortisone (hye-droe-KOR-ti-sone)
Brand Name: Examples include Anusol-HC and ProctoCare-HC
Anusol-HC cream is used for:
Reducing swelling, itching, and discomfort associated with certain rectal conditions.
Anusol-HC cream is a topical corticosteroid. It works by depressing the formation, release, and activity of different cells and chemicals that cause swelling, redness, and itching.
Do NOT use Anusol-HC cream if:
- you are allergic to any ingredient in Anusol-HC cream
- you have a blockage, abscess, or perforation of your rectum or bowel
Contact your doctor or health care provider right away if any of these apply to you.
Before using Anusol-HC cream:
Some medical conditions may interact with Anusol-HC cream. Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have any medical conditions, especially if any of the following apply to you:
- if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding
- if you are taking any prescription or nonprescription medicine, herbal preparation, or dietary supplement
- if you have allergies to medicines, foods, or other substances
- if you have a parasitic, bacterial, fungal, or viral infection; heart failure; diabetes; diarrhea; swelling of the esophagus; stomach problems; blockage of the intestine or other intestinal problems; measles; tuberculosis; chickenpox; shingles; heart attack; herpes infection of the eye; ulcers; kidney problems; a positive tuberculosis (TB) skin test; or if you have received a recent vaccination
Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with Anusol-HC cream. Because little, if any, of Anusol-HC cream is absorbed into the blood, the risk of it interacting with another medicine is low.
Ask your health care provider if Anusol-HC cream may interact with other medicines that you take. Check with your health care provider before you start, stop, or change the dose of any medicine.
How to use Anusol-HC cream:
Use Anusol-HC cream as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.
- Apply Anusol-HC cream to the affected area as directed by your doctor. Do not insert Anusol-HC cream into the rectum.
- Wash your hands immediately after using Anusol-HC cream.
- If you miss a dose of Anusol-HC cream and you are using it regularly, use it as soon as possible. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not use 2 doses at once.
Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use Anusol-HC cream.
Important safety information:
- If your symptoms do not get better within 7 days or if they get worse, check with your doctor.
- Do not use Anusol-HC cream for other rectal conditions at a later time.
- Check with your doctor or pharmacist concerning the use of a stool softener or bulk laxative to help improve your symptoms.
- Do not get Anusol-HC cream in your eyes. If you get Anusol-HC cream your eyes, immediately flush them with cool tap water.
- Check with your doctor before having vaccinations while you are using Anusol-HC cream.
- Anusol-HC cream should be used with extreme caution in CHILDREN; safety and effectiveness in children have not been confirmed.
- PREGNANCY and BREAST-FEEDING: If you become pregnant, contact your doctor. You will need to discuss the benefits and risks of using Anusol-HC cream while you are pregnant. It is not known if this medicine is found in breast milk. If you are or will be breast-feeding while you use Anusol-HC cream, check with your doctor. Discuss any possible risks to your baby.
Possible side effects of Anusol-HC cream:
All medicines may cause side effects, but many people have no, or minor, side effects. Check with your doctor if any of these most COMMON side effects persist or become bothersome:
Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur:
Mild irritation or dryness.
Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue); infection; rectal pain, burning, itching, bleeding, or irritation not present before using Anusol-HC cream.
This is not a complete list of all side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, contact your health care provider. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. To report side effects to the appropriate agency, please read the Guide to Reporting Problems to FDA.
If OVERDOSE is suspected:
Contact 1-800-222-1222 (the American Association of Poison Control Centers), your local poison control center, or emergency room immediately. Anusol-HC cream may be harmful if swallowed.Proper storage of Anusol-HC cream:
Store Anusol-HC cream at room temperature, between 68 and 77 degrees F (20 and 25 degrees C). Store away from heat, moisture, and light. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep Anusol-HC cream out of the reach of children and away from pets.
- If you have any questions about Anusol-HC cream, please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
- Anusol-HC cream is to be used only by the patient for whom it is prescribed. Do not share it with other people.
- If your symptoms do not improve or if they become worse, check with your doctor.
- Check with your pharmacist about how to dispose of unused medicine.
This information should not be used to decide whether or not to take Anusol-HC cream or any other medicine. Only your health care provider has the knowledge and training to decide which medicines are right for you. This information does not endorse any medicine as safe, effective, or approved for treating any patient or health condition. This is only a brief summary of general information about Anusol-HC cream. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to Anusol-HC cream. This information is not specific medical advice and does not replace information you receive from your health care provider. You must talk with your healthcare provider for complete information about the risks and benefits of using Anusol-HC cream.
Disclaimer: This information should not be used to decide whether or not to take this medicine or any other medicine. Only your health care provider has the knowledge and training to decide which medicines are right for you. This information does not endorse any medicine as safe, effective, or approved for treating any patient or health condition. This is only a brief summary of general information about this medicine. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to this medicine. This information is not specific medical advice and does not replace information you receive from your health care provider. You must talk with your healthcare provider for complete information about the risks and benefits of using this medicine.
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