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(hydrocortisone retention enema) 100mg/60mL
DISPOSABLE UNIT FOR RECTAL USE ONLY
Hydrocortisone is a white to practically white, odorless, crystalline powder, very slightly soluble in water. It has the chemical name Pregn-4-ene-3,20-dione,11,17,21- trihydroxy-,(11β) and the following structural formula:
CORTENEMA* is a convenient disposable single-dose hydrocortisone enema designed for ease of self-administration.
Each disposable unit (60 mL) contains: Hydrocortisone, 100 mg in an aqueous solution containing carbomer 934P, polysorbate 80, purified water, sodium hydroxide and methylparaben, 0.18% as a preservative.
What are the possible side effects of hydrocortisone rectal (Colocort, Cortenema, Cortifoam)?
Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.
Call your doctor at once if you have a serious side effect such as:
- feeling short of breath, even with mild exertion;
- swelling of your ankles or feet;
- muscle weakness;
- rapid weight gain, especially in your face and midsection;
- severe rectal pain or burning;
- bleeding from your rectum;
- severe stomach pain;
- sudden and severe...
What are the precautions when taking hydrocortisone (Cortenema)?
Before using hydrocortisone, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to it; or to other corticosteroids (such as prednisone); or if you have any other allergies. This product may contain inactive ingredients, which can cause allergic reactions or other problems. Talk to your pharmacist for more details.
Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist your medical history, especially of: other stomach/intestinal problems (such as ulcers, blockage, bleeding, infection, recent surgery), infections (such as tuberculosis, fungal infections), certain eye conditions (cataracts, glaucoma, herpes infection of the eye), heart problems (such as congestive heart failure, recent heart attack), high blood pressure, liver disease, kidney disease, thyroid problems...
Last reviewed on RxList: 3/12/2008
This monograph has been modified to include the generic and brand name in many instances.
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