Colifoam (Hydrocortisone Acetate)
What is Colifoam (Hydrocortisone Acetate) used for?
Colifoam (Hydrocortisone Acetate) is used as a treatment for condition in which the rectum becomes inflamed, such as ulcerative colitis, proctosigmoiditis or granular procitis. This product contains the active ingredient, hydrocortisone, which is a type of corticosteroid which decreases inflammation in the colon and rectum, thereby helping to reduce diarrhea and bloody stools caused by conditions such as ulcerative colitis.
How should I use Colifoam (Hydrocortisone Acetate)?
If you have been prescribed Colifoam (Hydrocortisone Acetate) rectal, you may be told to apply it directly to the rectum, once per day, usually before bedtime. It is best to use this product after a bowel movement. To use it, you should lie on your left side, and move your right knee towards your chest (left handed patients should lie on their right side). Insert the applicator into the rectum, and gently squeeze the bottle, to empty the contents on the applicator into the rectum. You should stay lying on your side for at least 30 minutes, and keep the medicine in your rectum for at least 1 hour (or if possible, overnight). Treatment is normally required for 2 to 3 weeks, however treatment may sometimes be required for a longer period of time. Your physician will determine how long treatment is required for.
What are the side effects of Colifoam (Hydrocortisone Acetate)?
Side effects of Colifoam (Hydrocortisone Acetate) include:
You should notify your physician if you notice any side effects. This medication may also cause more serious side effects. Consult your physician immediately if you notice problems with vision, swollen feet or ankles, rectal bleeding, bone pain, seizures or any other side effects.
Strictly follow all instructions provided to you by your physician or pharmacist while using Colifoam (Hydrocortisone Acetate). Optimum and safe dosage can differ based on the patient and the condition being treated.
As this medication may be unsafe for certain patients, it is essential you always inform your physician if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, as well as if you have any allergies, other illnesses, or ongoing health conditions, and if you are taking any other form of medication, supplements, or herbal products.
Immediately seek emergency medical care if you have any allergic or hypersensitive reaction. Common signs of a reaction include hives, swelling, skin rashes, chest pains, as well as trouble breathing or swallowing.