Anusol HC Suppositories (Hydrocortisone/Zinc Sulfate)

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What is Anusol HC Suppositories (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 used to treat hemorrhoids and itching/swelling in the rectum and anus. It is also used alongside other medications to treat certain intestinal problems, such as ulcerative colitis of the rectum and other rectal/anal inflammatory conditions. They are also known to help relieve pain, itching, bloody diarrhea, and bleeding, by reducing the swelling in the rectum and anus.

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

Use this medication in the rectum as directed by your doctor, usually 2 to 3 times daily. 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 medication, inform your doctor of any allergies you may have, or if you are allergic to other corticosteroids (such as prednisone)

Note to tell your doctor of your medical history, especially if it includes; 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 or kidney disease, thyroid problems (overactive or underactive thyroid disease), diabetes, bone loss (osteoporosis), bleeding or blood clotting problems, mental or mood conditions(psychosis, depression), low potassium blood levels.

Burning, itching, dryness, skin/hair follicle irritation, and changes in skin color around the rectal area may occur. If any of these effects persist or worsen, tell your doctor or pharmacist promptly.

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.

Tell your doctor right away if any of these unlikely but serious side effects occur: new or persistent rectal bleeding, unusual bruising/bleeding, black/tarry stools, vomit that looks like coffee grounds, stomach/abdominal pain, bone pain, easily broken bones, mental/mood changes (such as depression, mood swings, agitation), muscle weakness/pain, irregular heartbeat, signs of infection (such as fever, persistent sore throat, painful urination, worsening redness/irritation near the anus).

 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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