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Proctofoam HC Side Effects Center
Medical Editor: John P. Cunha, DO, FACOEP
Proctofoam HC (hydrocortisone acetate and pramoxine hydrochloride) Aerosol, Foam is used to treat pain, itching, or inflammation of the skin caused by a number of conditions such as allergic reactions, eczema, psoriasis, insect bites, and minor burns or scrapes. This medication is also used on the rectal area to treat itching and inflammation caused by hemorrhoids, anal fissures, or other rectal irritation. Hydrocortisone is a steroid and pramoxine is an anesthetic. Common side effects include redness, burning, or itching at the application site.
Apply a dose of Proctofoam HC to the affected area 3 to 4 times daily. Use the applicator supplied for anal administration. For perianal use, transfer a small quantity to a tissue and rub in gently. It is not likely that other drugs you take orally or inject will have an effect on topically applied Proctofoam HC. But many drugs can interact with each other. Tell your doctor all prescription and over-the-counter medications and supplements you use. During pregnancy, Proctofoam HC should be used only when prescribed. It should not be used for long periods of time or in large amounts. It is not known if this medication passes into breast milk. Consult your doctor before breast-feeding.
Our Proctofoam HC (hydrocortisone acetate and pramoxine hydrochloride) Side Effects Drug Center provides a comprehensive view of available drug information on the potential side effects when taking this medication.
This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
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Proctofoam HC in Detail - Patient Information: Side Effects
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.
Stop using this medication and call your doctor at once if you have any of these serious side effects:
- blurred vision, or seeing halos around lights;
- uneven heartbeats;
- sleep problems (insomnia);
- ongoing headache;
- weight gain, puffiness in your face;
- increased thirst or urination, weight loss, unusual weakness;
- fever, sore throat, tired feeling;
- severe pain, burning, or irritation of treated skin;
- rectal bleeding;
- any new redness or swelling where the medicine was applied; or
- itching, oozing, or other signs of infection.
Less serious side effects may include:
- mild skin redness, burning, itching, dryness, or peeling;
- changes in the color of treated skin;
- thinning of your skin;
- blistering skin; or
- stretch marks.
Read the entire detailed patient monograph for Proctofoam HC (Hydrocortisone and Pramoxine) »
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Proctofoam HC Overview - Patient Information: Side Effects
Remember that your doctor has prescribed this medication because he or she has judged that the benefit to you is greater than the risk of side effects. Many people using this medication do not have serious side effects.
Tell your doctor immediately if any of these unlikely but serious side effects occur: rectal bleeding, change in skin appearance (e.g., color, thickness), skin redness/tenderness/pus or other signs of infection.
Rarely, it is possible this medication will be absorbed into the bloodstream. This can lead to side effects of too much corticosteroid. These side effects are more likely in children and people who use this medication for a long time. Tell your doctor right away if any of the following side effects occur: unusual/extreme tiredness, weight loss, headache, swelling ankles/feet, increased thirst/urination, vision problems.
Tell your doctor immediately if any of these rare but very serious side effects occur: signs of serious infection (e.g., fever, persistent sore throat).
A very serious allergic reaction to this drug is rare. However, seek immediate medical attention if you notice any of the following symptoms of a serious allergic reaction: rash, itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat), severe dizziness, trouble breathing.
This is not a complete list of possible side effects. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.
In the US -
Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
In Canada - Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to Health Canada at 1-866-234-2345.
Read the entire patient information overview for Proctofoam HC (Hydrocortisone and Pramoxine)»
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Proctofoam HC FDA Prescribing Information: Side Effects
The following local adverse reactions are reported infrequently with topical corticosteroids, but may occur more frequently with the use of occlusive dressings. These reactions are listed in approximate decreasing order of occurrence: burning, itching, irritation, dryness, folliculitis, hypertrichosis, acneiform eruptions, hypopigmentation, perioral dermatitis, allergic contact dermatitis, maceration of the skin, secondary infection, skin atrophy, striae and miliaria.
Read the entire FDA prescribing information for Proctofoam HC (Hydrocortisone and Pramoxine) »
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