Cortifoam (Rectal)

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cortifoam rectal foam usage in the vagina

My gynecologist has prescribed cortifoam rectal foam to be used in the vagina to reduce swelling. I would like to know whether cortifoam is safe to use in the vagina. In addition, I would like to know what are the side effects, if any, for using corti...
by rebecca in united states, 01/06/2006

Cortifoam (Rectal) Drug and Prescription Information

Cortifoam (Rectal)

Cortifoam (Rectal) Medication Classification


Cortifoam (Rectal) Brandname

Anusol-HC, Rectasol-Hc, Proctosol-HC, Anuzone-HC, Hemril-HC Uniserts, Anu-Med Hc, Anucort-HC, Hemril-30, Proctosert HC, Encort, Proctocort, Cortifoam, Anusol-Hc, Proctozone-Hc, Procto-Kit 2.5%

Cortifoam (Rectal) is used for the Treatment

Hydrocortisone (hye-droe-KOR-ti-sone) Treats inflammation, itching, and discomfort of the rectum including inflamed hemorrhoids. Belongs to a class of drugs called corticosteroids.

When To Not Use Cortifoam (Rectal)

You should not use this medicine if you have had an allergic reaction to hydrocortisone or recent colostomy surgery.

How Should You Use Cortifoam (Rectal)

Cream, Suppository, Foam

  • Your doctor will tell you how much to take and how often.
  • Read and follow the instructions that came with this medicine.
  • Wash your hands before and after using.
  • The cream medicine may be used outside the rectal area. Put a thin layer on the affected area. Rub in gently.
  • The cream may also be used inside the rectum by using the plastic applicator that comes in the box. Screw the applicator to the tube of medicine. Gently insert the applicator into the rectum. Squeeze the tube of medicine. After applying the correct amount of medicine, remove the applicator from the rectum.
  • Insert the foam into your rectum using the applicator that comes with your medicine. Do not put any part of the foam container into your rectum. Follow the directions that came with your medicine.
  • Wash the cream or foam applicator and put it back in the box.
  • Remove the wrapper from the suppository if one is present.
  • Moisten the suppository with water.
  • To use the suppository, lie on your side with your lower leg straightened out and your upper leg bent up towards your stomach.
  • Spread your buttocks and insert the suppository into the rectum about 1 inch with your finger. Hold your buttocks together for about 1 minute.
  • Remain lying down for at least 15 minutes to keep the suppository from coming out.
  • If you have any questions about this medicine, ask your doctor or pharmacist.
  • If a dose is missed:
  • Use the missed dose as soon as possible.
  • Skip the missed dose if it is almost time for your next regular dose.
  • You should not use two doses at the same time.

Proper Cortifoam (Rectal) Storage

Store Cortifoam (Rectal) at room temperature away from sunlight and moisture unless otherwise stated by manufacturer's instructions or labelling. Keep Cortifoam (Rectal) and all medications out of the reach of children.

What To Avoid While Using Cortifoam (Rectal)

Ask your doctor or pharmacist before using any other medicine, including over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products.

  • You should not use other rectal medicines while using this medicine without first checking with your doctor.

Cortifoam (Rectal) Warnings

  • Talk with your doctor before using if you are pregnant or have an infection such as herpes.
  • You should not use more often or for a longer time than your doctor ordered.
  • You should not use this medicine for other rectal conditions without first checking with your doctor.
  • The suppository may cause staining of your clothes. Use a minipad to avoid staining your clothes.

Cortifoam (Rectal) Side Effects

If you notice these less serious side effects, talk with your doctor:

  • Rectal irritation, burning, or itching

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