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Hydrocortisone Suppository Prescribing Information

Package insert / product label
Generic name: hydrocortisone acetate
Dosage form: rectal suppository
Drug class: Topical steroids

Medically reviewed by Last updated on Nov 9, 2023.

Hydrocortisone Suppository Description

Each Hydrocortisone Acetate Suppository for rectal administration contains hydrocortisone acetate USP in a hydrogenated palm kernel oil base.

Hydrocortisone acetate is a corticosteroid. The molecular weight of hydrocortisone acetate is 404.50. Chemically, hydrocortisone acetate is pregn-4-ene-3, 20 dione, 21- (acetyloxy)-11, 17-dihydroxy-, (11β)- with an empirical formula of C23 H32O6 and the following structural formula:


Hydrocortisone Suppository - Clinical Pharmacology

In normal subjects, about 26 percent of hydrocortisone acetate is absorbed when the hydrocortisone acetate suppository is applied to the rectum. Absorption of hydrocortisone acetate may vary across abraded or inflamed surfaces.

Topical steroids are primarily effective because of their anti-inflammatory, antipruritic and vasoconstrictive action.

Indications and Usage for Hydrocortisone Suppository

Hydrocortisone Acetate Suppositories are indicated for use in inflamed hemorrhoids, post irradiation (factitial) proctitis, as an adjunct in the treatment of chronic ulcerative colitis, cryptitis, other inflammatory conditions of the anorectum, and pruritus ani.


Hydrocortisone Acetate Suppositories are contraindicated in those patients with a history of hypersensitivity to any of the components.


Do not use unless adequate proctologic examination is made.

If irritation develops, the product should be discontinued, and appropriate therapy instituted.

In the presence of an infection, the use of an appropriate antifungal or antibacterial agent should be instituted. If a favorable response does not occur promptly, Hydrocortisone Acetate Suppositories should be discontinued until the infection has been adequately controlled.


No long-term studies in animals have been performed to evaluate the carcinogenic potential of corticosteroid suppositories.


In laboratory animals, topical steroids have been associated with an increase in the incidence of fetal abnormalities when gestating females have been exposed to rather low dosage levels. There are no adequate and well-controlled studies in pregnant women.

Hydrocortisone acetate suppositories should only be used during pregnancy if the potential benefit justifies the risk to the fetus. Drugs of this class should not be used extensively on pregnant patients, in large amounts, or for prolonged periods of time.

It is not known whether this drug is excreted in human milk. Because many drugs are excreted in human milk and because of the potential for serious adverse reactions in nursing infants from hydrocortisone acetate suppositories, a decision should be made whether to discontinue nursing or to discontinue the drug, taking into account the importance of the drug to the mother.

Adverse Reactions/Side Effects

The following local adverse reactions have been reported with Hydrocortisone Acetate Suppositories: burning, itching, irritation, dryness, folliculitis, hypopigmentation, allergic contact dermatitis, and secondary infection.

To report SUSPECTED ADVERSE REACTIONS, contact Marlex Pharmaceuticals at 1-888-582-1953 or or FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 or

Drug Abuse and Dependence

Drug abuse and dependence have not been reported in patients treated with Hydrocortisone Acetate Suppositories.

Hydrocortisone Suppository Dosage and Administration

For rectal administration: Insert one suppository in the rectum twice daily, morning and night for two weeks, in nonspecific proctitis.ln more severe cases, one suppository three times a day or two suppositories twice daily. In factitial proctitis, the recommended duration of therapy is six to eight weeks or less, according to the response of the individual case.

Detach and hold one suppository upright(point upward). Separate tabs at top opening and pull downward to almost the full length of the suppository. Carefully remove the suppository, avoiding excessive handling, which is designed to melt at body temperature. Insert suppository into the rectum, pointed end first, with gentle pressure.

How is Hydrocortisone Suppository supplied

25mg (12 count) NDC 10135-0751-12

25mg (24 count) NDC 10135-0751-24

Store at 20° to 25°C (68° to 77°F) [see USP Controlled Room Temperature]. Store away from heat. Protect from freezing.

Manufactured for/ Distributed by:

Marlex Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

New Castle, DE 19720

Rev. 07/22 ID

PRINCIPAL DISPLAY PANEL - 25 mg Suppository Carton

NDC 10135-0751-12

Rx Only

Hydrocortisone Acetate

25 mg


12 Suppositories


PRINCIPAL DISPLAY PANEL - 25 mg Suppository Carton

NDC 10135-0751-24

Rx Only

Hydrocortisone Acetate

25 mg


24 Suppositories


hydrocortisone acetate suppository
Product Information
Product TypeHUMAN PRESCRIPTION DRUGItem Code (Source)NDC:10135-751
Route of AdministrationRECTAL
Active Ingredient/Active Moiety
Ingredient NameBasis of StrengthStrength
Inactive Ingredients
Ingredient NameStrength
Product Characteristics
Colorwhite ((White to Off-White)) Score
FlavorImprint Code
#Item CodePackage DescriptionMarketing Start DateMarketing End Date
1NDC:10135-751-1212 in 1 CARTON; Type 0: Not a Combination Product08/01/2022
2NDC:10135-751-2424 in 1 CARTON; Type 0: Not a Combination Product08/01/2022
Marketing Information
Marketing CategoryApplication Number or Monograph CitationMarketing Start DateMarketing End Date
unapproved drug other08/01/2022
Labeler - Marlex Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (782540215)