Colifoam (Hydrocortisone Acetate)
What is Colifoam (Hydrocortisone Acetate) used for?
Colifoam (Hydrocortisone Acetate) is a rectal medication prescribed to treat patients suffering from ulcerative colitis, proctitis, or proctosigmoiditis. It is a steroid medicine that operates by reducing irritation, inflammation, and pain in the rectum caused by these conditions. Your physician may also prescribe it to treat other unlisted conditions.
How should I use Colifoam (Hydrocortisone Acetate)?
Always follow the instructions provided by your physician while using Colifoam (Hydrocortisone Acetate) to get the most effective results from treatment. It may be administered one to four times each day, but your particular dosage and frequency of administration will depend on the condition being treated and the severity of your symptoms. When administering the dose collect the prescribed amount of foam into the included applicator, insert it into the anus, and dispense the foam into the rectum. Ask your physician any questions you have about the medication prior to beginning use to ensure the correct application.
What are the side effects of Colifoam (Hydrocortisone Acetate)?
The use of Colifoam (Hydrocortisone Acetate) may cause side effects in some patients such as:
More serious side effects that may require immediate medical attention include unusual swelling of the extremities, weight gain, trouble breathing, muscle weakness, severe stomach pain, rectal bleeding, severe headache, osteoporosis, or seizures. Inform you physician as soon as you experience any unusual symptoms that are intense or worrying to you to make sure the correct alterations are made to your dosage or application frequency to prevent further complications from occurring.
Colifoam (Hydrocortisone Acetate) should not be used by patients who have bowel perforation, an intestinal obstruction, a widespread infection, abdominal fistulas, or if you have had an intestinal anastomosis. Also inform your physician if you are elderly, if the patient is a young child, or if you have tuberculosis, heart failure, peptic ulcers, severe ulcerative colitis, hypertension, recent heart attack, hypothyroidism, glaucoma, epilepsy, osteoporosis, a history of depression, myasthenia gravis, diabetes, thromboembolism, decreased kidney function, or liver failure. These conditions may cause unexpected complications during treatment requiring alterations to your dosage.
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 an allergic or hypersensitive reaction. Common signs of a reaction include hives, swelling, skin rashes, chest pains, as well as trouble breathing or swallowing.