Hydrocortisone is a steroid medicine that reduces inflammation in the body. The information in this medication guide is specific to hydrocortisone rectal foam or enema. Hydrocortisone rectal is used to treat hemorrhoids and itching or swelling of the rectal area caused by hemorrhoids or other inflammatory conditions of the rectum or anus. Hydrocortisone rectal is also used together with other medications to treat ulcerative colitis, proctitis, and other inflammatory conditions of the lower intestines and rectal area. Hydrocortisone rectal may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.
Cortenema is used to treat conditions of the colon, like ulcerative colitis and ulcerative proctitis. This drug does not cure these conditions, but it helps in managing their symptoms. It is often used with other drugs and works by reducing the frequency of diarrhea and bloody stools that a patient experiences. It does this by reducing inflammation in both the rectum and the colon.