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Anusol Rectal

Last reviewed on RxList: 7/29/2016
Anusol Rectal Side Effects Center

Medical Editor: John P. Cunha, DO, FACOEP

Last reviewed on RxList 03/02/2017

Anusol-HC (hydrocortisone acetate) Rectal Suppositories are a corticosteroid indicated for use in inflamed hemorrhoids, post-irradiation (factitial) proctitis, as an adjunct in the treatment of chronic ulcerative colitis, cryptitis, other inflammatory conditions of the anorectum, and anal itching (pruritis ani). Anusol-HC is available in generic form. Common side effects of Anusol-HC include:

The dose of Anusol-HC is one suppository in the rectum morning and night for two weeks, in nonspecific proctitis. In more severe cases, one suppository three times daily; or two suppositories twice daily. Anusol-HC may interact with other drugs. Tell your doctor all medications and supplements you use. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant before using Anusol-HC; it is unknown how it will affect a fetus. Drugs of this class should not be used extensively on pregnant patients, in large amounts, or for prolonged periods of time. It is unknown if Anusol-HC passes into breast milk. Breastfeeding while using Anusol-HC is not recommended.

Our Anusol-HC (hydrocortisone acetate) Rectal Suppositories 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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Anusol Rectal Consumer Information

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 headache or pain behind your eyes; or
  • seizure (convulsions).

Less serious side effects may include:

  • mild rectal pain or burning;
  • acne;
  • changes in your menstrual periods;
  • increased sweating; or
  • increased facial or body hair growth.

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.

Read the entire detailed patient monograph for Anusol Rectal (Hydrocortisone Acetate Rectal Suppositories)

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SIDE EFFECTS

The following local adverse reactions have been reported with corticosteroid suppositories.

  1. Burning
  2. Itching
  3. Irritation
  4. Dryness
  5. Folliculitis
  6. Hypopigmentation
  7. Allergic contact dermatitis
  8. Secondary infection

Drug Abuse And Dependence

Drug abuse and dependence has not been reported in patients treated with Anusol-HC® suppositories.

Read the entire FDA prescribing information for Anusol Rectal (Hydrocortisone Acetate Rectal Suppositories)

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© Anusol Rectal Patient Information is supplied by Cerner Multum, Inc. and Anusol Rectal Consumer information is supplied by First Databank, Inc., used under license and subject to their respective copyrights.

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