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Rectal hydrocortisone is employed in combination with other medications for the treatment of proctitis and ulcerative colitis. It is also utilized to alleviate itching and swelling associated with hemorrhoids and other rectal problems.

Hydrocortisone, belonging to the class of medications called corticosteroids, operates by activating natural substances in the skin to diminish swelling, redness, and itching.

Uses and Dosage

Hydrocortisone rectal is available in various forms, including cream, enema, suppositories, and foam, all designed for rectal use. To ensure proper and effective use, follow the directions on your prescription or product label meticulously.

If any part appears unclear, seek clarification from your doctor or pharmacist.

Use rectal hydrocortisone precisely as directed, avoiding deviations such as using more or less of it or using it more frequently than prescribed by your doctor.

For proctitis, hydrocortisone rectal foam is typically applied one or two times a day for 2 to 3 weeks, followed by intermittent use every other day if necessary until improvement is observed. Hydrocortisone rectal suppositories are generally used two or three times daily for a 2-week period, with the potential for treatment extension up to 6 to 8 weeks in severe cases. Improvement in proctitis symptoms may occur within 5 to 7 days.

For hemorrhoids, hydrocortisone rectal cream is usually applied up to 3 or 4 times daily for adults and children aged 12 and older. If hydrocortisone is obtained over the counter and there is no improvement within 7 days, cease use and consult your doctor. It is important not to insert the cream into the rectum with your fingers.

In the case of ulcerative colitis, hydrocortisone rectal enema is commonly used nightly for 21 days, with potential symptom improvement within 3 to 5 days. Continuous use for 2 to 3 months may be necessary. If colitis symptoms persist after 2 or 3 weeks, contact your doctor.

Dosing adjustments may occur during your treatment to ensure the use of the lowest effective dose. Notify your doctor of any unusual stress on your body, such as surgery, illness, or infection. Report changes in symptoms or health status during treatment.

Hydrocortisone rectal suppositories may cause staining on clothing and fabrics, so take precautions to prevent staining when using this medication.

Before using hydrocortisone rectal foam for the first time, carefully read the provided instructions. Seek clarification from your doctor or pharmacist on any aspects that are unclear.

Side Effects

Some side effects may occur that usually do not need medical attention:

  • headache
  • dizziness
  • local pain or burning
  • muscle weakness
  • extreme changes in mood changes in personality
  • inappropriate happiness
  • difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep
  • slowed healing of cuts and bruises
  • irregular or absent menstrual periods
  • thin, fragile, or dry skin
  • acne
  • increased sweating
  • changes in the way fat is spread around the body

Inform your healthcare provider immediately if you experience any serious side effects:

  • bleeding
  • vision changes
  • depression
  • rash
  • itching
  • swelling of the eyes, face, lips, tongue, throat, hands, arms, feet, ankles, or lower legs
  • hives
  • difficulty breathing or swallowing


  • Before using hydrocortisone, inform your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to it, other corticosteroids (such as prednisone, triamcinolone), or if you have any other allergies. Inactive ingredients in the product may cause allergic reactions or other complications.
  • If you have any health issues, consult your doctor or pharmacist before using this product.
  • For individuals experiencing itching of the outer female genitals with vaginal discharge, consult a doctor before using this product.
  • Avoid using hydrocortisone if there is an infection or sore in the area to be treated, as it may worsen skin infections. Promptly inform your doctor if redness, swelling, or irritation does not improve.
  • Children may be more sensitive to the effects of excessive corticosteroid medication. Consult your doctor for more details.
  • During pregnancy, use this medication only when absolutely necessary. Discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor.
  • It is unclear whether this drug passes into breast milk when applied to the skin. Similar medications pass into breast milk when taken orally. Consult your doctor before breastfeeding.

Form and Strength

Proctozone HC cream is available in the following forms and strengths:

  • Proctozone HC cream:
    • hydrocortisone rectal cream:


How long does Proctozone HC Cream take to work?

How quickly Proctozone HC cream works depends on how severe your condition is. If you’re using the cream for hemorrhoids, you might need to apply it regularly for a week to notice improvements.

How long do you have to use Proctozone HC Cream?

Your provider will let you know how long you should use Proctozone HC cream based on your medical condition. If you have more severe inflammation, they might ask you to use this medication for 6-8 weeks.



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