RectaGel HC Side Effects
Generic name: hydrocortisone / lidocaine topical
Medically reviewed by Drugs.com. Last updated on Aug 28, 2022.
Note: This document contains side effect information about hydrocortisone / lidocaine topical. Some dosage forms listed on this page may not apply to the brand name RectaGel HC.
Applies to hydrocortisone/lidocaine topical: cream, gel/jelly.
Serious side effects of RectaGel HC
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 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.[Ref]
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.[Ref]
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