This medication is used with other treatments for certain intestinal problems (ulcerative proctitis). It is generally used in people who cannot use enemas. It does not cure ulcerative proctitis, but it may relieve pain and decrease the amount of diarrhea and bloody stools caused by swelling (inflammation). Hydrocortisone is an anti-inflammatory drug (corticosteroid hormone). It works by decreasing the body's natural defense response and decreasing inflammation.
Cortifoam Side Effects
Pain/discomfort in the rectal area, headache, dizziness, menstrual period changes (e.g., delayed/irregular/absent periods), trouble sleeping, increased sweating, acne, increased appetite, or unusual weight gain may occur. If any of these effects persist or worsen, notify your doctor or pharmacist promptly.
Use this product in the rectum, usually once or twice daily for 2-3 weeks, then once daily every other day, or as directed by your doctor. The dosage and length of treatment are based on your medical condition and response to therapy. When you are taking this medication every other day, it may help to mark your calendar with a reminder.
Do not insert any part of the medication container into the anus. Use the enclosed applicator to apply this drug. Leave the cap of the container on while using the product. Shake the container well for 5-10 seconds before use and hold upright. Fill the applicator with foam according to the instructions in the package. Gently insert the applicator into the rectum, and gently push the plunger to apply the foam. Remove the applicator.
After inserting the foam, pull the applicator apart and wash all parts with warm water.
It may take 5 to 7 days to notice improvement from this drug.
Do not use more of this product, use it more often, or keep using it for a longer time than prescribed by your doctor.
This medication is similar to certain natural substances made by your body (adrenal gland hormones). If you have been taking this medication for a long time, your body may not make enough natural hormones while you are under physical stress (e.g., due to infection, surgery, severe injury). Your dose may need to be adjusted. If you have stopped taking this drug within the past 12 months, you may need to start taking it again if your body is under physical stress. Consult your doctor for more details.
This medication may mask signs of infection or put you at greater risk of developing very serious infections. Report any signs of infection (e.g., persistent sore throat/fever, coughing up yellow/green phlegm, pain during urination, muscle aches) to your doctor.
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