Cortenema is a part of a drug class called glucocorticoids and is made up of hydrocortisone. This drug is taken rectally and can be purchased in 7 x 60ml bottles.
Cortenema is used for the treatment of symptoms caused by an intestinal problem called ulcerative colitis. This condition causes ulcers in your large intestine and produces pus and mucous, which result in abdominal pain and a constant need to empty your bowels (which often times consists of diarrhea and bloody stools). This disease is hereditary and is seen often in people of Jewish decent; however this disease can happen to anyone.
Hydrocortisone works to treat this condition by reducing the amount of swelling (inflammation) in the rectum and colon.
Always follow directions given to you by your health care professionals.
Shake the bottle well before use. Lie on your left side. Bend your right knee towards the chest. Gently insert the tip of the application into the rectum. Firmly (but gently) squeeze the bottle so that all of the drug is dispensed into the rectum.
Ensure you tell your doctor about all medications you are currently taking including prescription, over-the-counter, vitamins, and herbal remedies. Also be sure to mention any drug allergies you may have.
You should also inform your dentist, nurse, and other health care professionals, such as anyone about to perform surgery on you, that you are on this medication.
Consult your doctor before you use other medical products on your skin while on Cortenema.
Do not put this solution on open wounds or into your body through your mouth.
Cortenema may cause growth delays in children and teenagers. You may need regular growth checkups if you are a child or teen on Cortenema.
Speak to your doctor about the effects this medication will have on a unborn baby or a nursing baby.
Please note this is not a complete list of possible side effects and not everyone experiences them. Others may be more sensitive to side effects.
Common side effects of Cortenema may include:
Serious side effects of Cortenema may include:
Signs to watch for:
allergic reaction - rash; hives; itching; red, swollen, blistered, or peeling skin with or without fever; wheezing; tightness in the chest or throat; trouble breathing, swallowing, or talking; unusual hoarseness; or swelling of the mouth, face, lips, tongue, or throat.
high blood sugar - confusion, feeling sleepy, more thirst, more hungry, passing urine more often, flushing, fast breathing, or breath that smells like fruit.
weak adrenal gland - very bad upset stomach or throwing up, very bad dizziness or passing out, muscle weakness, feeling very tired, mood changes, not hungry, or weight loss.
Cushing's disease - weight gain in the upper back or belly, moon face, very bad headache, or slow healing.
How do I store this medication?
Do not freeze Cortenema; keep at room temperature. It is best kept in a safe place away from children and pets.
Is this safe for children?
Yes, although it is possible this medication may affect their growth; if a child is using Cortenema, ensure they are also being monitored for growth progress.
If I use a bit extra than suggested, will it help speed up the process?
No. Do not double up on your dose as it will not help speed up the process. It can increase the chance of side effects.
Are there other conditions this is used for?
Asides from ulcerative colitis, this medication is good for any kind of inflammatory condition in the intestines (IBD-Inflammatory bowel disease)
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