Generic name: Hydrocortisone Rectal Suppositories [ hye-droe-KOR-ti-sone ]
Brand names: Anusol-HC, Hemorrhoidal-HC
Drug class: Topical steroids
Medically reviewed by Drugs.com. Last updated on Mar 19, 2023.
Uses of Hydrocortisone Rectal Suppositories:
- It is used to treat signs of hemorrhoids or rectal irritation.
What do I need to tell my doctor BEFORE I take Hydrocortisone Rectal Suppositories?
- If you have an allergy to hydrocortisone or any other part of this medicine (hydrocortisone rectal suppositories).
- If you are allergic to this medicine (hydrocortisone rectal suppositories); any part of this medicine (hydrocortisone rectal suppositories); or any other drugs, foods, or substances. Tell your doctor about the allergy and what signs you had.
- If you have any of these health problems: Bowel block; fistula; a fungal infection; holes, sores, or wounds on the rectal area; peritonitis; or recent bowel surgery.
This is not a list of all drugs or health problems that interact with this medicine (hydrocortisone rectal suppositories).
Tell your doctor and pharmacist about all of your drugs (prescription or OTC, natural products, vitamins) and health problems. You must check to make sure that it is safe for you to take this medicine (hydrocortisone rectal suppositories) with all of your drugs and health problems. Do not start, stop, or change the dose of any drug without checking with your doctor.
What are some things I need to know or do while I take Hydrocortisone Rectal Suppositories?
- Tell all of your health care providers that you take this medicine (hydrocortisone rectal suppositories). This includes your doctors, nurses, pharmacists, and dentists.
- This medicine may stain clothing or fabric.
- This medicine may cause harm if swallowed. If this medicine (hydrocortisone rectal suppositories) is swallowed, call a doctor or poison control center right away.
- Do not use this medicine (hydrocortisone rectal suppositories) for longer than you were told by your doctor.
- Use with care in children. Talk with the doctor.
- This medicine may affect growth in children and teens in some cases. They may need regular growth checks. Talk with the doctor.
- Tell your doctor if you are pregnant, plan on getting pregnant, or are breast-feeding. You will need to talk about the benefits and risks to you and the baby.
How is this medicine (Hydrocortisone Rectal Suppositories) best taken?
Use this medicine (hydrocortisone rectal suppositories) as ordered by your doctor. Read all information given to you. Follow all instructions closely.
- Use as you have been told, even if your signs get better.
- This medicine is for rectal use only. Do not take this medicine (hydrocortisone rectal suppositories) by mouth.
- Wash your hands before and after use.
- Take foil off the rectal suppository and put in, pointed end first. Do not handle too much.
- If suppository is soft, chill in a refrigerator or run cold water over it.
What do I do if I miss a dose?
- Use a missed dose as soon as you think about it.
- If it is close to the time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your normal time.
- Do not use 2 doses at the same time or extra doses.
What are some side effects that I need to call my doctor about right away?
WARNING/CAUTION: Even though it may be rare, some people may have very bad and sometimes deadly side effects when taking a drug. Tell your doctor or get medical help right away if you have any of the following signs or symptoms that may be related to a very bad side effect:
- Signs of an allergic reaction, like rash; hives; itching; red, swollen, blistered, or peeling skin with or without fever; wheezing; tightness in the chest or throat; trouble breathing, swallowing, or talking; unusual hoarseness; or swelling of the mouth, face, lips, tongue, or throat.
- Signs of high blood sugar like confusion, feeling sleepy, more thirst, more hungry, passing urine more often, flushing, fast breathing, or breath that smells like fruit.
- Signs of a weak adrenal gland like a very bad upset stomach or throwing up, very bad dizziness or passing out, muscle weakness, feeling very tired, mood changes, not hungry, or weight loss.
- Signs of Cushing's disease like weight gain in the upper back or belly, moon face, very bad headache, or slow healing.
- Change in eyesight.
- Very bad headache.
- Irritation where this medicine (hydrocortisone rectal suppositories) is used.
- Very bad bleeding from rectum or rectal pain.
What are some other side effects of Hydrocortisone Rectal Suppositories?
All drugs may cause side effects. However, many people have no side effects or only have minor side effects. Call your doctor or get medical help if any of these side effects or any other side effects bother you or do not go away:
These are not all of the side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, call your doctor. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects.
You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-332-1088. You may also report side effects at https://www.fda.gov/medwatch.
If OVERDOSE is suspected:
If you think there has been an overdose, call your poison control center or get medical care right away. Be ready to tell or show what was taken, how much, and when it happened.
How do I store and/or throw out Hydrocortisone Rectal Suppositories?
- Store at room temperature. Do not freeze.
- Protect from heat.
- Keep all drugs in a safe place. Keep all drugs out of the reach of children and pets.
- Throw away unused or expired drugs. Do not flush down a toilet or pour down a drain unless you are told to do so. Check with your pharmacist if you have questions about the best way to throw out drugs. There may be drug take-back programs in your area.
Consumer Information Use and Disclaimer
- If your symptoms or health problems do not get better or if they become worse, call your doctor.
- Do not share your drugs with others and do not take anyone else's drugs.
- Some drugs may have another patient information leaflet. Check with your pharmacist. If you have any questions about this medicine (hydrocortisone rectal suppositories), please talk with your doctor, nurse, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
- If you think there has been an overdose, call your poison control center or get medical care right away. Be ready to tell or show what was taken, how much, and when it happened.
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