Anusol-HCand/or alternativesChemical Ingredient: Zinc Sulfate/Hydrocortisone Acetate
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Generic medications are significantly discounted copies of brand name medication that have the same active ingredients, intended use, dosage, side effects, effects, and route of administration as the original brand name medication. In other words, generic medications have the same pharmacological effects as their brand-name counterparts. Over half of all prescribed medications are for generic medications.
No generic is available for Anusol-HC 10/10mg.
- Manufactured by Church & Dwight Canada Corp.
- Product of Canada • Shipped from Canada
- Prescription Required
No generic is available for Anusol-HC 10/10mg.
Anusol-HC Drug Information
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Anusol-HC Drug Information
Anusol-HC is used to treat hemorrhoids and itching/swelling in the rectum and anus. It is also used with other medications to treat certain intestinal problems (such as ulcerative colitis of the rectum and other rectal/anal inflammatory conditions). Hydrocortisone suppositories help to relieve rectal pain, itching, bloody diarrhea, and bleeding by reducing swelling (inflammation) directly in the rectum and anus. Hydrocortisone belongs to a class of drugs called corticosteroids.
How to Use Anusol-HC
Use Anusol-HC in the rectum as directed by your doctor, usually 2 or 3 times daily. The dosage and length of treatment are based on your medical condition and response to treatment. Avoid handling the suppository for too long because it will melt. Unwrap the suppository. You may moisten the tip with a few drops of water. Lie down on your left side with your right knee bent. Gently push the suppository, pointed end first, into the rectum with your finger, deep enough so it does not slide back out. Remain lying down for a few minutes. Avoid having a bowel movement for at least 1 hour so the medication will have time to work. Wash your hands after each use. Note that Anusol-HC may stain fabric. Use Anusol-HC regularly as prescribed to get the most benefit from it. Do not use more of Anusol-HC, use it more often, or use it for longer than prescribed. Your condition will not improve any faster, and your risk of side effects may increase. If you have been using Anusol-HC for a long time, do not stop using it without consulting your doctor. Some conditions may become worse when the drug is suddenly stopped. Your dose may need to be gradually decreased. Tell your doctor if your condition does not improve after your prescribed length of treatment or if it worsens.
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. Anusol-HC may contain inactive ingredients, which can cause allergic reactions or other problems. Talk to your pharmacist for more details. Before using Anusol-HC, tell your doctor or pharmacist your medical history,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 (overactive or underactive thyroid disease), diabetes, bone loss (osteoporosis), bleeding or blood clotting problems, mental/mood conditions (such as psychosis, depression), low potassium blood level. Limit alcoholic beverages while using Anusol-HC to decrease the risk of stomach/intestinal bleeding. Rarely, using corticosteroid medications for a long time can make it more difficult for your body to respond to physical stress. Therefore, before having surgery or emergency treatment, or if you get a serious illness/injury, tell your doctor or dentist that you are using Anusol-HC or have used Anusol-HC within the past few months. Do not have immunizations, vaccinations, or skin tests without the consent of your doctor. Avoid contact with people who have recently received live vaccines (such as flu vaccine inhaled through the nose). Rarely, Anusol-HC can make you more likely to get infections or may worsen any current infections. Therefore, wash your hands well to prevent the spread of infection. Avoid contact with people who have infections that may spread to others (such as chickenpox, measles, flu). Consult your doctor if you have been exposed to an infection or for more details. Older adults may be more sensitive to the side effects of Anusol-HC, especially bone loss/pain, stomach/intestinal bleeding, and mental/mood changes (such as confusion). Though it is unlikely, Anusol-HC may temporarily slow down a child's growth if used for a long time. See the doctor regularly so your child's height can be checked. During pregnancy, Anusol-HC should be used only when clearly needed and not for prolonged periods. Other forms of hydrocortisone (given by mouth or by injection) may harm an unborn baby. Discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor. It is unknown if Anusol-HC passes into breast milk. However, it is unlikely to harm a nursing infant. Consult your doctor before breast-feeding.
If you miss a dose of Anusol-HC, use it as soon as you remember. If it is near the time of the next dose, skip the missed dose. Use your next dose at the regular time. Do not double the dose to catch up.
The effects of some drugs can change if you take other drugs or herbal products at the same time. This can increase your risk for serious side effects or may cause your medications not to work correctly. These drug interactions are possible, but do not always occur. Your doctor or pharmacist can often prevent or manage interactions by changing how you use your medications or by close monitoring. To help your doctor and pharmacist give you the best care, be sure to tell your doctor and pharmacist about all the products you use (including prescription drugs, nonprescription drugs, and herbal products) before starting treatment with Anusol-HC. While using Anusol-HC, do not start, stop, or change the dosage of any other medicines you are using without your doctor's approval.aldesleukin, "blood thinners" (such as warfarin), vaccines. Check all prescription and nonprescription medicine labels carefully since many medications contain pain relievers/fever reducers (including aspirin, salicylates, NSAIDs such as ibuprofen, naproxen) that may increase your risk of bleeding when taken with corticosteroids. However, if your doctor has directed you to take low-dose aspirin for heart attack or stroke prevention (usually at dosages of 81-325 milligrams a day), you should continue taking the aspirin unless your doctor instructs you otherwise. Ask your pharmacist about using those products safely. This document does not contain all possible drug interactions. Keep a list of all the products you use. Share this list with your doctor and pharmacist to lessen your risk for serious medication problems.
Anusol-HC Side Effects
What are Anusol-HC side effects?
Side effects are physical, mental or emotional symptoms which occur in addition to or outside of the desired effect of a therapeutic treatment such as an over-the-counter or prescribed drug or medication. Side effects from Anusol-HC may occur at the beginning or at the end of treatment and may also depend on the length of time an individual remains on the treatment. Side effects, also known as adverse effects, are generally more likely to occur when starting treatment. Individuals may also experience side effects from Anusol-HC as a result of an interaction with other medications.
Side Effects of Anusol-HC
The side effects of Anusol-HC may vary in number and intensity for many different reasons. Factors such as age, weight, gender and ethnicity may influence the side effects of Anusol-HC. Also, an individual’s state of general physical health and seriousness of the disease or illness as well as an increase or decrease in dosage may lead to side effects. Further, side effects from Anusol-HC may also occur as a result of an interaction with certain herbal supplements, foods or drinks.
Prescription drug side effects can be serious and may cause patients to stop the treatment. However, when side effects from the use of a prescription drug, such as Anusol-HC, do occur a patient should consult their physician. A physician may prescribe an additional treatment in order to control the symptoms or an adjustment in the dosage may be made. In addition, changes to diet, exercise or other lifestyle activities may help to lessen the side effects of Anusol-HC.
By understanding side effects and the factors which may influence the occurrence of side effects patients are empowered to take an active role in their care. Patients who have specific questions about the side effects of Anusol-HC, or any other medication, should contact their physician. General information about Anusol-HC and the side effects associated with Anusol-HC are described in the following:
Common Anusol-HC Side Effects
- increased appetite
Less Frequent Anusol-HC Side Effects
- adrenal cortical insufficiency
- irregular menstrual periods
Rare or Very Rare Anusol-HC Side Effects
- body fluid retention
- acute confusion
- paranoid disorder
- idiopathic intracranial hypertension
- ocular hypertension
- chronic heart failure
- thromboembolic disorder
- pulmonary edema
- peptic ulcer
- intestinal perforation
- gastrointestinal hemorrhage
- abdominal distension
- abnormal hepatic function tests
- drug-induced psychosis
- personality disorders
- impaired wound healing
- rectal irritation
- mood changes
- sleep disorder
- acne vulgaris
- allergic dermatitis
Store at room temperature between 68-77 degrees F (20-25 degrees C) away from heat. You may store Anusol-HC in the refrigerator to keep it from melting. However, do not freeze. Keep all medicines away from children and pets. Do not flush medications down the toilet or pour them into a drain unless instructed to do so. Properly discard Anusol-HC when it is expired or no longer needed. Consult your pharmacist or local waste disposal company for more details about how to safely discard your product.
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