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Proctofoam HC Patient Information including How Should I Take
In this Article
- What is hydrocortisone and pramoxine topical (Proctofoam HC)?
- What are the possible side effects of hydrocortisone pramoxine topical?
- What is the most important information I should know about hydrocortisone and pramoxine topical?
- What should I discuss with my health care provider before using hydrocortisone and pramoxine topical?
- How should I use hydrocortisone and pramoxine topical?
- What happens if I miss a dose?
- What happens if I overdose?
- What should I avoid while using hydrocortisone and pramoxine topical?
- What other drugs will affect hydrocortisone and pramoxine topical?
- Where can I get more information?
What should I discuss with my health care provider before using hydrocortisone and pramoxine topical?
You should not use this medication if you are allergic to hydrocortisone or pramoxine, or if you have chickenpox or measles.
Before using hydrocortisone and pramoxine topical, tell your doctor if you are allergic to any drugs or any other anesthetics or "numbing medicines." Also tell your doctor if you have:
- liver disease;
- problems with your eyes;
- a stomach or intestinal disorder;
- a rectal sore or infection; or
- if you use any drugs that weaken the immune system, including steroids.
Hydrocortisone and pramoxine topical will not treat a bacterial, fungal, or viral skin infection. If you have a skin infection, you should not use this medication until your infection is treated and clears up.
FDA pregnancy category C. It is not known whether this medication is harmful to an unborn baby. Before using hydrocortisone and pramoxine topical, tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant during treatment.
It is not known whether hydrocortisone and pramoxine topical passes into breast milk or if it could harm a nursing baby. Do not use this medication without telling your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.
Do not use this medication on a child without a doctor's advice. Children are more sensitive to the effects of topical hydrocortisone.
How should I use hydrocortisone and pramoxine topical?
Use this medication exactly as directed on the label, or as prescribed by your doctor. Do not use it in larger amounts or for longer than recommended. Follow the directions on your prescription label.
Hydrocortisone and pramoxine topical is usually applied 3 or more times daily, depending on which form of this medication you use. Follow the label directions or your doctor's instructions about how much of this medication to use and how often. Do not use hydrocortisone and pramoxine topical for any condition that has not been checked by a doctor.
Wash your hands before and after applying this medication, unless you are using hydrocortisone and pramoxine topical to treat a hand condition.
When using this medication on the skin, apply just enough of the medication to cover the area to be treated. Rub in gently.
Avoid using this medication on your face, near your eyes or mouth, or on body areas where you have skin folds or thin skin.
Do not cover treated skin areas with a bandage or other covering unless your doctor has told you to. If you are treating the diaper area of a baby, do not use plastic pants or tight-fitting diapers. Covering the skin that is treated with hydrocortisone topical can increase the amount of the drug your skin absorbs, which may lead to unwanted side effects. Follow your doctor's instructions.
Before apply the rectal form of this medication (cream, lotion, or foam), clean the rectal area with mild soap and pat dry.
Use only a small amount of medicine when applying hydrocortisone and pramoxine around the outside of the rectum. You may first place the medicine onto a clean tissue and then wipe it gently onto your rectum.
When using this medication inside the rectum, insert only the applicator tip of the medicine tube or foam can into the anus, no deeper than 1 inch.
Shake the hydrocortisone and pramoxine rectal foam before each use.
Contact your doctor if your condition does not improve or if it gets worse after using this medication for several days, or if your condition clears up and then comes back.
Do not stop using hydrocortisone and pramoxine topical suddenly after long-term use, or you could have unpleasant withdrawal symptoms. Talk to your doctor about how to avoid withdrawal symptoms when you stop using the medication.
Store this medication at room temperature away from moisture and heat. Keep the rectal foam canister away from open flame or high heat. The canister may explode if it gets too hot. Do not puncture or burn an empty canister.
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