Anusol HC

Name: Anusol HC

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Topically applied corticosteroids can be absorbed in sufficient amounts to produce systemic effects. (See PRECAUTIONS.)

Anusol HC Overview

Anusol HC is a brand name medication included in the following groups of medications: Corticosteroids acting locally, Corticosteroids for local oral treatment, Antiinflammatory Corticosteroids, Corticosteroids, weak group I, Corticosteroids, weak, other combinations, Corticosteroids/antiinfectives/mydriatics in combination, Glucocorticoids. For more information about Anusol HC see its generic Hydrocortisone

Manufacturer

  • Compumed Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

  • Salix Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

Commonly used brand name(s)

In the U.S.

  • Ala-Cort
  • Ala-Scalp HP
  • Anusol HC
  • Aquanil HC
  • Beta HC
  • Caldecort
  • Cetacort
  • Cortaid
  • Corticaine
  • Corticool Maximum Strength
  • Cortizone-10
  • Cortizone-5
  • Cotacort
  • Delacort
  • Dermarest
  • Dermasorb HC Complete Kit
  • Dermtex-HC
  • Gly-Cort
  • Hydrozone Plus
  • Hytone
  • Instacort-10
  • Ivy Soothe
  • IvyStat
  • Keratol HC
  • Kericort 10
  • Lacticare-HC
  • Locoid
  • Locoid Lipocream
  • Medi-Cortisone Maximum Strength
  • Microcort
  • Mycin Scalp
  • Neutrogena T/Scalp
  • NuCort
  • Nupercainal HC
  • Nutracort
  • Pandel
  • Pediaderm HC Kit
  • Preparation H Hydrocortisone
  • Proctocream-HC
  • Recort Plus
  • Sarnol-HC Maximum Strength
  • Scalacort
  • Scalpcort
  • Summer's Eve Specialcare
  • Texacort
  • Therasoft Anti-Itch & Dermatitis
  • U-Cort
  • Westcort

In Canada

  • Barriere-Hc
  • Cortate
  • Cort-Eze
  • Cortoderm Mild Ointment
  • Cortoderm Regular Ointment
  • Emo-Cort
  • Emo-Cort Scalp Solution
  • Hydrocortisone Cream
  • Novo-Hydrocort
  • Novo-Hydrocort Cream
  • Prevex Hc
  • Sarna Hc

Available Dosage Forms:

  • Solution
  • Cream
  • Spray
  • Lotion
  • Ointment
  • Pad
  • Liquid
  • Gel/Jelly
  • Kit
  • Foam
  • Stick
  • Paste

Therapeutic Class: Corticosteroid, Weak

Pharmacologic Class: Adrenal Glucocorticoid

Uses For Anusol HC

Hydrocortisone topical is used to help relieve redness, itching, swelling, or other discomfort caused by skin conditions. This medicine is a corticosteroid (cortisone-like medicine or steroid).

This medicine is available both over-the-counter (OTC) and with your doctor's prescription.

Precautions While Using Anusol HC

It is very important that your doctor check your or your child's progress at regular visits for any unwanted effects that may be caused by this medicine.

If your or your child's symptoms do not improve within a few days, or if they become worse, check with your doctor.

Using too much of this medicine or using it for a long time may increase your risk of having adrenal gland problems. The risk is greater for children and patients who use large amounts for a long time. Talk to your doctor right away if you or your child have more than one of these symptoms while you are using this medicine: blurred vision; dizziness or fainting; a fast, irregular, or pounding heartbeat; increased thirst or urination; irritability; or unusual tiredness or weakness.

Stop using this medicine and check with your doctor right away if you or your child have a skin rash, burning, stinging, swelling, or irritation on the skin.

Do not use cosmetics or other skin care products on the treated areas.

Anusol HC Side Effects

Along with its needed effects, a medicine may cause some unwanted effects. Although not all of these side effects may occur, if they do occur they may need medical attention.

Check with your doctor immediately if any of the following side effects occur:

Incidence not known
  • Blistering, burning, crusting, dryness, or flaking of the skin
  • irritation
  • itching, scaling, severe redness, soreness, or swelling of the skin
  • redness and scaling around the mouth
  • thinning of the skin with easy bruising, especially when used on the face or where the skin folds together (e.g. between the fingers)
  • thinning, weakness, or wasting away of the skin

Some side effects may occur that usually do not need medical attention. These side effects may go away during treatment as your body adjusts to the medicine. Also, your health care professional may be able to tell you about ways to prevent or reduce some of these side effects. Check with your health care professional if any of the following side effects continue or are bothersome or if you have any questions about them:

Incidence not known
  • Acne or pimples
  • burning and itching of the skin with pinhead-sized red blisters
  • burning, itching, and pain in hairy areas, or pus at the root of the hair
  • increased hair growth on the forehead, back, arms, and legs
  • lightening of normal skin color
  • lightening of treated areas of dark skin
  • reddish purple lines on the arms, face, legs, trunk, or groin
  • softening of the skin

Other side effects not listed may also occur in some patients. If you notice any other effects, check with your healthcare professional.

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

Anusol HC - Clinical Pharmacology

Topical corticosteroids share anti-inflammatory, antipruritic and vasoconstrictive actions.

The mechanism of anti-inflammatory activity of the topical corticosteroids is unclear. Various laboratory methods, including vasoconstrictor assays, are used to compare and predict potencies and/or clinical efficacies of the topical corticosteroids. There is some evidence to suggest that a recognizable correlation exists between vasoconstrictor potency and therapeutic efficacy in man.

Pharmacokinetics

The extent of percutaneous absorption of topical corticosteroids is determined by many factors including the vehicle, the integrity of the epidermal barrier, and the use of occlusive dressings.

Topical corticosteroids can be absorbed from normal intact skin. Inflammation and/or other disease processes in the skin increase percutaneous absorption. Occlusive dressings substantially increase the percutaneous absorption of topical corticosteroids. Thus, occlusive dressings may be a valuable therapeutic adjunct for treatment of resistant dermatoses (see DOSAGE AND ADMINISTRATION).

Once absorbed through the skin, topical corticosteroids are handled through pharmacokinetic pathways similar to systemically administered corticosteroids. Corticosteroids are bound to plasma proteins in varying degrees. Corticosteroids are metabolized primarily in the liver and are then excreted by the kidneys. Some of the topical corticosteroids and their metabolites are also excreted into the bile.

Contraindications

Topical corticosteroids are contraindicated in those patients with a history of hypersensitivity to any of the components of the preparation.

What should i avoid while using hydrocortisone rectal ?

Avoid getting a vaccine during your treatment with hydrocortisone rectal. Vaccines may not work as well while you are using a steroid medicine.

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