Anusol HC Ointment (Hydrocortisone/Zinc Sulfate)

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What is Anusol HC Ointment (Hydrocortisone/Zinc Sulfate) prescribed for?

Hemorrhoids are swollen veins in the lower part of the anus and rectum. When the walls of these vessels are stretched, they do become irritated. This condition can be unpleasant and painful, but can be easily treated.

This medication is a combination of 2 drugs: Hydrocortisone and Zinc Sulfate. And they belong to a group of medications known as corticosteroids. And it is used to treat hemorrhoids. It can also be used to treat any discomfort after surgery to the anal area and other conditions that may effect that anal area.

It works by reducing swelling, irritation, and itching that is caused by these conditions.

The cream is usually applied in the affected area 2 to 4 times a day, depending on the severity of the condition. Occlusive dressings may be used for the management of the conditions. Before use, clean the affected area with mild soap and water, rinse well, and pat dry.  To apply this medication, use the applicator, and follow the instructions on the products package, or use as directed by you doctor.

However, the dosage and length of the treatment is based on your medical condition and what you doctor observes through your treatment.

Before using this product, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to hydrocortisone; or if you have any other allergies. This product may contain inactive ingredients, which can cause allergic reactions or other problems.

Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist your medical history, especially of: diabetes, eye problems, infections (especially rectal sores/infections), liver disease, stomach/intestinal problems.

Caution is advised when using this drug in children. Do not use this product over a large area or use tight-fitting diapers/plastic pants unless directed by your doctor.

Though it is unlikely, this medication 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.

Redness, burning, or itching at the application site may occur. If any of these effects persist or worsen, contact your doctor or pharmacist promptly.

Tell your doctor right away if any of these unlikely but serious side effects occur: rectal bleeding, change in skin appearance (e.g., color, thickness), skin redness/tenderness/pus or other signs of infection.

Rarely, it is possible this medication will be absorbed into the bloodstream. This can lead to side effects of too much corticosteroid. These side effects are more likely in children and people who use this medication for a long time. Tell your doctor right away if any of the following side effects occur: unusual/extreme tiredness, weight loss, headache, swelling ankles/feet, increased thirst/urination, vision problems.

What happens if I suddenly stop taking this medication?

There may be a relapse in symptoms as well as side effects. You should speak your doctor before stop taking this medication.

 

What is the best dosage to take?

The diagnosis with your doctor will be able to determine the best dosage for your pets treatment. Work with your doctor closely for dosage and dosing schedules.

 

What happens if I miss a dose?

You should take the missed dose as soon you realize you have forgotten. If the forgotten dose is closer to your next scheduled dose, take the next schedule dose to avoid overlapping in dose.

 

What is the best way to store this medication?

This medication is stored at room temperature, and should be kept away from children and pets. Do not throw away this medication in the wastebasket. If you are uncertain how to dispose of this medication speak with your pharmacist for help in safely disposing of this medication.

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