Hydrocortisone enema (Rectal)

Introduction

Hydrocortisone (hye-droe-KOR-ti-sone)

Treats ulcerative colitis. Belongs to a class of drugs called corticosteroids.

Brand Name(s)

Colocort, Cortenema

When This Medicine Should Not Be Used

How to Use This Medicine

Enema

  • Take your medicine as directed.
  • Read and follow the patient instructions that come with this medicine. Talk to your doctor or pharmacist if you have any questions.
  • Wash your hands with soap and water before and after using this medicine.
  • Shake the bottle well before use.
  • Remove the cover from the applicator tip of the bottle.
  • Lie on your left side with your left leg straight or slightly bent, and your right knee bent upward. Insert the applicator tip into your rectum about an inch. Gently squeeze the bottom of the bottle to release the enema.
  • Remain lying down for about 30 minutes, so that the fluid moves throughout the left colon. After using the medicine, remove the applicator from the rectum and throw away.
  • If you have any questions about this medicine, call your doctor or pharmacist.

If a dose is missed:

  • Take a dose as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next dose, wait until then and take a regular dose. Do not take extra medicine to make up for a missed dose.

How to Store and Dispose of This Medicine

  • Store at room temperature, away from heat and direct light.
  • Keep all medicine out of the reach of children.

Drugs and Foods to Avoid

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.
  • Check with your doctor before you receive any vaccines while using this medicine.

Warnings While Using This Medicine

  • Talk with your doctor before using if you are pregnant, have active ulcers, diverticulitis, kidney disease, high blood pressure, or an infection.
  • You should not use this medicine for other rectal problems without first checking with your doctor.
  • If you are exposed to chickenpox or measles while using this medicine, tell your doctor as soon as possible.

Possible Side Effects While Using This Medicine

Call your doctor right away if you notice any of these side effects:

  • Allergic reaction: Itching or hives, swelling in your face or hands, swelling or tingling in your mouth or throat, chest tightness, trouble breathing
  • Severe rectal pain or bleeding

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

  • Rectal irritation or burning

If you notice other side effects that you think are caused by this medicine, tell your doctor

Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088

Version Info

  • Last reviewed on 8/4/2014

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